There are many life lessons you learn as you get older. Unfortunately, some of them can be really painful ones.
But fortunately, as long as we’re alive, we’re still able to apply life lessons to our lives and make ourselves happier.
I’m going to share with you some things I’ve learned from my own personal experience in my 30+ years of life.
Here are some lessons on life that can help your life to be better than ever.
1. Your wellness matters
If I could go back to my late teens and early 20’s, I would have changed the way I ate, did more cardio, and slept more.
As you get older, the lack of care you give to your body will start to take its toll. And the older you get, the harder it becomes to change things.
The earlier you start taking care of yourself, the better. If you’re unsure of where to get started, here are some wellness habits you might find helpful.
2. Persistence pays off
I’ve learned that most of the time if I just keep at something, it’ll eventually work out. One example is when I started weight-lifting. I didn’t notice results for a long time.
But after a year of consistency, I completely transformed myself in ways I never imagined.
I was also persistent in building this blog. Years of work eventually led to the success I’m having with it now.
Of course, there’s always time where you need to know when to walk away from something. But in general, persistence towards your goals gives you a good chance of being successful.
3. It’s okay if plans change
So many people I’ve met in life all had specific plans of exactly how their life was going to turn out.
In some cases, the things they planned happened. But it’s often the case that most of what you plan to happen won’t happen.
And that’s not to say the plans never happened, they just didn’t happen on the time frame that was expected.
I knew someone who said she wasn’t going to be married and have kids until close to her 30’s. Turns out, she got married in her early 20’s, and I believe had her first kid before she even turned 25.
The point is, it’s okay if things don’t go exactly the way you planned. In fact, a lot of times, things turn out even better than you expected.
4. Criticism can make you better
Life will be a lot easier when you stop looking at criticism as a bad thing.
People who tell you what they view as your flaws are essentially giving you a cheat code on how to be better in life.
Maybe they may not be giving it in the friendliest way, but it’s still valuable information for you to use and apply.
The next time you’re criticized, be appreciative of it. Within the criticism might be a nugget of wisdom that can make you a more well-rounded person.
5. Your thoughts influence your emotions
If you’re really young or an emotional person, you’ll probably struggle to believe this, but it’s true.
Your thoughts do influence your emotions. And if you influence your emotions in a positive way, you’re more up to doing positive actions.
You don’t have to take my word for it though. Learn about CBT, which is basically the idea of using your thoughts to manage your emotions.
Through adjusting my thoughts, I’ve been more able to stay calm and focused in life. Try to make most of your thoughts positive and reassuring ones.
See if it helps minimize how emotional you are, so that way you can be more productive.
6. Success can be defined on your own terms
You don’t need a big house and lots of cars to be considered successful. It’s just the idea we’re given by our materialistic culture.
Your version of success is what makes you feel happy and satisfied in life. For some people, that could mean just choosing to live in a tiny house and not owning a car.
Why we want what we want is something important to deeply ponder. When you figure out what it is you really want, the path you can to take to get it will become more clear.
7. Do things for people, and they’ll do things for you
You’d be surprised how willing people are to do things for you if you do something for them first.
This idea has been referred to as the law of reciprocity. The idea is that we tend to feel we owe something to someone when they give us something for free.
Practice giving to others without expecting anything in return. The next time you have a problem, they might be more than willing to offer you a solution.
Final thoughts on lessons in life
Over the course of your life, you're going to learn a lot of things and wish you had learned them sooner.
But remember that as long as you're here, it's not too late to benefit from those lessons.
Be proactive in learning how you can improve your life now so that way you'll have less regrets later.
Do your best to make your journey can ultimately be one that's enjoyable and fulfilling as you want it to be.