Today is my birthday and it’s hard to believe I’m 34 because I don’t feel my age. It doesn’t seem so long ago that I turned the big 3-0. I decided that the best way to celebrate my birthday was to reflect. This morning, I sat down and wrote out the first 12 “life lessons” that came into my head. I’m guessing you’ll be able to relate to at least a few!
1. Reduce the amount of negative inputs to your life.
2. Focus on income more than expenses.
3. Get over it.
If you’re like most of us, something bad probably happened to you some point. It was unfair and cruel. Maybe it was even really bad. But you have to get over it for reasons that are entirely selfish. Simply put, you can’t let these things define you. It’s about your life, not anyone else’s. At some point, you just have to move on.
4. You are better than you think.
Don’t let those limiting beliefs hold you back. Belief and confidence will carry you to where you want to go.
5. There will always be haters.
No matter what you do or how much you give, there will always be haters. I’m making a pledge to rid my life ( and my online world) of any consistently negative, non-constructive forces. If you want to hate.. go get your reaction someplace else.
6. You don’t need nearly as much money as you think you do.
Another revelation that has come into my life in the past year or so. You really *need* far, far less that what you think.
7. Be the change you want to see in the world.
8. Avoid getting into a position where you’re unable to walk away.
9. Learn to live in the present moment.
John Lennon once said, ” Life is what’s happening while we’re busy making other plans. ” While we’re busying making those plans life passes us by. Kids grow up too fast. We miss little experience that show us how great it is to be alive.
10. The more I act like my daughter. The happier I am.
11. Failure is overrated.
People often paint failure as a glorious thing. “Embrace it!” Really? You are a WINNER. Choose to WIN. Sure, you’ll probably fail at some things. Whatever. Who cares? SUCCESS is better.
12. As a child, I never once worried about food, water, shelter, or love. I was never once abused or neglected. I got everything I needed and most of what I wanted. Both my parents were ( and still are) hard-working, supportive, and have great values. The older I get, the more I realize how insanely fortunate this makes me.
And there it is.. everything I know.
Those are my 12 things, in no particular order except the last. Thankfully I was only turning 34 and not 75.. that would have required a lot more thinking.
Whatever age you are, what have you learned?