If only I could travel back in time I would sit my younger self down and share some of the life lessons I’ve learned over the years – lessons I wish I’d learned much earlier.
It was difficult choosing, but these are my top 10 life lessons.
- Think about what you really want in life and have the courage to go for it – or you will turn round one day and realise you’re running out of time to do what you dream of.
- Life is too short to live small – be yourself, let other people be themselves, and don’t be anxious about what they think about you.
- Be grateful for what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have.
- It doesn’t matter if things aren’t perfect: good enough really is good enough!
- Don’t hold onto past hurts – resentment will poison your life.
- See the good in everyone and everything.
- Be kind and remember you reap what you sow.
- Live in the present as much as you can – worrying about the future and regretting the past are equally pointless: you can’t change the past and worrying about what might happen won’t change anything either.
- Look for joy in the small things.
- Nobody will care that you put in all those long hours at work – it won’t even seem important to you in a few weeks time let alone 30 years on – so get your priorities straight (back to number 1!).
I can’t help wondering how different my life might have been if I’d been wiser earlier. But regret is fruitless (see my lesson number 8!). Life is all about growing, and wisdom comes with long experience – unless of course you’re a saint or a sage, or the heroine of a fairy tale!
In the real world we can only start from where we are. The good news is, it’s never too late to turn things around.
Properly recognising and applying even some of the life lessons we’ve learned over the years would make a huge difference to our lives. If we put our hard-earned wisdom into practice and live with a positive mindset, we will be happier and more at peace with ourselves and the world and enjoy better relationships.
No doubt your own top 10 life lessons will be different and uniquely yours.
What is your number 1 life lesson? What impact does it have on your life when you put it into practice? I’d be delighted if you’d share your insights with us.
If you want more inspiration have a look at my post [here] about becoming bold and brilliant as we grow older.
And if you’d like to read about more life lessons that will help you lead a happier, more fulfilled life, this great post How to Live a Happy Life: 10 Things to Say Yes to Starting Today by Henrik Edberg is sure to inspire you.
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