When we were younger, we were all told simple pieces of advice by people that we grew up with. For me, the importance of these life lessons has shone through as I’ve grown up, come across more people and situations, and dealt with more problems that life has thrown my way.
Here are the life lessons that have stuck with me over the years:
1. You can’t go through life without failing
We’ve all heard this one a million and one times, but the moment you learn to accept this fact, the kinder you will be to yourself, and the more accepting you will be when you face failure. It is almost too easy to just assume that everything will run smoothly, and that we wont have to face situations where we haven’t done very well in something, but it’s not realistic. Once you start to welcome failure as something that enables you to grow and develop in a certain area of your life, you will develop as a person, too.
2. Hard work pays off
It’s simple and seemingly obvious, but ever so true. If you really want something and put the work in for it, you will reach your goal in the end. It might take years, you may encounter numerous failures along the way, but a dedicated mindset will take you where you want to go. Your determination and efforts will be rewarded in one way or another.
3. You can’t please everyone
This one often takes individuals (including myself) longer to accept. We grow up being told to be as friendly as possible to everyone we encounter, so naturally we expect other people to act in a similar way. Sometimes, people may act spiteful or rude and we can’t figure out why. The way others act can be harmful to us, and knock our confidence, affecting our well being. If this is the case, learning to accept that you cannot please everyone you come across in life can be tricky, but worthwhile in the end. You learn to be at peace with yourself, and let others think what they wish. At the end of the day YOU are the only person who knows yourself properly, and YOU know whether you are in the right or wrong.
4. Appreciate the simple things
With the rise of technology, we are often plastered to our phones, letting the beauty of the natural world pass us by. Put the phone in your pocket, take a walk, admire the scenery! Pay careful attention to the scents and sights surrounding you. We are blessed to have been born into such a magnificent world, so we must soak it all in! Similarly, appreciate that first sip of coffee, focus on the smell and the taste. Living in the present as opposed to letting your mind wander is extremely effective in allowing us to stay calm.
5. Be thankful
It is all too easy to take the endless things that our family and friends do for us for granted! Simple things like telling your parents your dinner was delicious, to letting your friend know that you are thankful for what they do for you may seem like small things to you, but leave a lasting impact on people closest to us! Tell the people you love that you love them, and that they are amazing individuals. Because why not!? They’ll be sure to smile.