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December 26, 2016

11 Life Lessons We Wish We Had Learned 11 Years Ago

Over the course of our lives, we learn a lot about what makes us happy. We have teachers and mentors, wild experiences, different jobs, and all along the way we continue morphing into the truest versions of ourselves. Some lessons we need to continue learning over and over again until we get it right. Think about Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. He had to keep repeating that day until he figured out how to live it to the fullest. Luckily it was a tale of fiction, but sometimes it takes a little time to work out the lessons from lifes trials. Here are 11 lessons we wish wed learned in the past, that maybe youre ready to start learning now!
  1. Struggle can sometimes be a good thing. There are plenty of times when youll want to say I just cant do it anymore. But its during these moments that we need to yell at the top of our lungs: BRING IT ON! It means were trying to overcome a challenge, and our personal growth and accomplishments depend on it. So yes, by all means, bring it.
  2. Rest before youre truly tired. If you wait until youre utterly exhausted to take a break, youve probably waited too long and will have trouble unwinding. Take a long weekend when you can, say no to that happy hour and yes to an evening of meditation, or even take a personal mental health day to bike around town. Youre a human being, not a robot. A little rest goes a long way!
  3. Instead of complaining, take action. If youre unhappy with your job, dont whine every night to your loved ones when you get home. Take action to change it. Complaining does not create results! Its better to take the initiative to make real change in your life towards finding happiness.
  4. If you dont feel a definite YES! in a relationship, then its probably a NO. If you keep trying to make a relationship work, take a step back and ask why youre trying so hard. Are you truly good for one another, or do you feel in your gut that its wrong? Keeping a relationship going that just isnt working is not fair to you, or the other person. You both deserve to find love. Its okay if its not with one another.
  5. Money isnt as important as you think. Having enough to cover basic needs, plus a little extra here and there for travel and treats is one thing. However, research has shown that any more than that doesnt really make you any happier! Taking a lower-paying job that brings you happiness may be worth the pay cut from a high-paying job that makes you miserable. Do you really need that bigger house, or would you rather save that money for having a life experience? What will enrich your life more in the end?
  6. Make time for exercise, every day. Whether its strength training, running, or just taking the dog for a walk - a healthy body lays the foundation for everything else in your life. Youll feel better, and have more of that vital energy that fuels the determination it takes to reach your goals.
  7. Stop worrying about what others think of you. Respect their opinions, but ultimately you make the choices that will make your life great. Dont let peoples concerns hold you back from achieving your dreams, no matter how crazy they may seem.
  8. Be open to learning new things. Learning new skills will help your brain stay healthy well into old age, but its also a wonderful way to enrich your day-to-day life. It gives you something to be excited about, and to look forward to. It doesnt even have to be a new skill - it could be gaining perspective by learning from a mistake, or taking advice from a trusted mentor. Whatever you do, be open to growing each and every day.
  9. Dont judge others. Someone might take a different path than you, but that doesnt mean theyre any less worthy of your respect. If they arent hurting anyone, who are we to judge their personal decisions? If it makes them happy, then thats all that matters. Embrace the different lives that we all have the ability to create.
  10. Enjoy the little things in life. A hot cup of tea on a cold day, a friends new puppy, or the sound of rain falling. Take a moment to be thankful of those little moments that make life beautiful.
  11. Create something - anything! You dont have to be a great artist, but leave a mark on the world in any way you can. Learn to play an instrument, take a whack at writing a short story, build a coffee table, paint an abstract portrait, knit a scarf - anything you want. Youll feel good about the accomplishment, we can guarantee it!
[Credit: Foroux, Darious. 25 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known 10 Years Ago. Greatist.]