40 Truths I’ve Learned about Life

The one thing about life is that it’s a learning experience. A never-ending process of growing and developing whilst moving forward. You learn to live with what you can’t change, and also gain knowledge on new things every day.

The problem is we are always in a hurry to grow up and feel the pressure of daily life. Yet the solution is for us to slow down, reflect on what we have discovered so far. It’s time to acknowledge that life is just a big school that is there for us to learn from. Once you start looking at life as a learning experience and that it’s like that until the very end of your life, you’ll find things less stressful.

Sometimes it takes repeated demonstrations to really get the information into our heads and then there are powerful experiences that stay with us from day one.  I started with saying all this because the next thing I wanted to say before we move onto the list of truths is that life lessons are all around us. And it’s up to us whether we’ll keep our eyes open for them and take them so that we get more experienced every time something happens in our life.

So here are some important conclusions I’ve come to as a result of different situations in my life – the things I’ve experienced, succeeded in and failed at, and the stuff I’ve seen, heard and realised.

 

  1. Don’t be afraid to take the next step towards being happy – Take opportunities when they come along and work to where you want to be in life. Sitting around not doing anything will get you nowhere.
  2. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them – No one knows what life will bring, that’s why we have to cherish those we have in our lives and let them know we are glad to have them. Everyone likes to know they are wanted.
  3. Life is not fair – Life will never be fair and things won’t always go the way you want it to. It can be hard but life is worth living.
  4. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.
  5. Karma exists – Eventually, you’ll get what you give…
  6. Actions speak louder than words – Saying sorry is too easy, it means more to show it.
  7. Never go to bed angry – Sort out arguments and don’t leave things unresolved.
  8. Don’t ignore – One of my biggest pet peeves is being ignored. It makes the person feel insignificant and generally bad about themselves.
  9. The main reason we argue online is that it feels good and we like to imagine it’s somehow noble or helpful.
  10. It’s okay not to be okay – Often we keep things to ourselves because we worry about being judged. What we need to realise is that it’s okay to have bad days, and that’s it’s human to feel emotion.
  11. The news only shows you the things they want you to see – Let’s be honest all media is censored in some way, they show the stories they think will rile people’s emotions up and get them talking. Even if the story is bias or false, someone out there is repeating it and spreading stories that at times aren’t even true.
  12. It’s not your job to make everyone happy. – It’s an impossible task and not worth the wasted energy. There will always be people who disagree with how you do things, so don’t change yourself to please them. Stay true to who you are, and you’ll be a lot happier.
  13. Be kind — always – You never when someone is having a bad day, a small act of kindness can make a big difference to someone. Even if you’re in a bad mood or annoyed, fight the urge to be rude or to make a sarcastic comment. Being nice to someone can have an impact on improving your mood and kindness makes you a better person.
  14. You never know when you might meet someone who will change your life – I met my other half on a field having a snowball fight, yet it wasn’t until we got the same bus years later that we started properly talking. Life is funny like that, you can meet some amazing people who end up changing your life for the better.
  15. It may not always seem like it, but in time you’ll realise who your true friends are. – Some people I thought I would always be best friends with stopped talking to me suddenly, completely out of the blue with no apparent reason. It was rough at first but it made me realise that the people who I thought were my best friends, weren’t, while others who I didn’t think I was as close with, turned out to be friends for life.
  16. Voting is one of the only ways we have for shaping the direction society is going in – It’s an extremely low-leverage one but that’s why it is so important for everyone to vote so that changes can be made and voices can be heard.
  17. Listen to your gut feeling – “Gut feeling” isn’t just a euphemism, it’s about how you truly feel about something. The tension in the abdomen speaks volumes and by listening to it you’re going by what you honestly think, beyond all arguments and rationales.
  18. “One more episode” means four more episodes.
  19. Listen to your mum – She’s lived longer than you, and she’s not just talking to hear herself speak.
  20. Learn from your dog – No matter what life brings you, kick some grass over that shit and move on.
  21. Don’t mention sunburns – Believe me, they know.
  22. Playgrounds aren’t necessarily for grown-ups – You get far too many looks if you don’t have your child with you.
  23. Keep a notepad and pen on your bedside table – Amazing ideas often strike late at night.
  24. Never trust a person that has let you down more than 2 times. – Once was a warning, the second time was a lesson, and anything more than that is simply taking advantage.
  25. Read more books and watch less TV.
  26. No one has the answers, and everyone is faking it most of the time. – Let’s be honest we are all winging it at some point in life.
  27. You can and should end toxic friendships, even if you’ve been friends for your whole life.
  28. Form your own opinions about people — don’t just believe what other people are saying about them.
  29. Measure your front door and stairwells before you buy that Sofa. – Remember that Friends episode where they have to take a Sofa up some narrow stairs? You don’t want to ever have to try to do that, not only would you look stupid but you may also lose that nice piece of furniture you just bought.
  30. It may feel like the end of the world now, but it very likely won’t feel so terrible in 10 years – Things get more manageable as time goes on, don’t ever give up.
  31. Your body is a temple – Many people criticise their bodies, but you need to remember your body holds your very essence. It’s who you are and as such you need to treat your body with respect.
  32. Always make sure there is toilet paper before you go to the toilet – Nothing worse than going without any toilet paper!
  33. Separating light and dark laundry is important.
  34. Sunscreen is important. Don’t ever forget it when spending time in the sun.
  35. Make sure the top of the salt is screwed on. – Too many times I’ve ruined my food. Never again.
  36. The ability to be happy is nothing other than the ability to come to terms with how things change.
  37. Turning things on and off usually solves the problem – There I said it. Normally if your technology is acting up, powering it down and then back up again does solve the problem.
  38. Time is a great healer and a great killer. You’ll suffer a lot if you waste time.
  39. Complaining about everything will not solve your problem. – You must take the initiative to solve the problem yourself.
  40. A good nine out of ten bad things I’ve worried about never happened. A good nine out of ten bad things that did happen never occurred to me to worry about.
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