When you’re a teenager, life is carefree. Your main responsibilities are getting good grades and maybe holding down a part-time job. In your twenties, responsibilities begin to pile on; you go to college or work, get a car, and find your first apartment. By the time 30 rolls around, you’re a full-fledged adult; you may even have your own home and family. By this time, you may have learned a few life lessons. The following a few you should know about as early as possible.
1. You’re going to fail
Everyone fails at some point, likely multiple times. The key to growing and finding success is learning from those mistakes and failures. Take it from Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
2. Don’t harbor regrets
If your regrets can’t be rectified, learn to do things differently the next time.
3. Step outside your comfort zone
It’s how you grow and move forward. Push yourself to do something you wouldn’t normally do. Go skydiving or visit a country where they don’t speak English. Make a speech in front of a room full of strangers. You’ll learn a lot about yourself, including that you can do more than you thought you could!
4. Love yourself
You’re great! Feeling down will only lead to poor decisions. If you accept who you are, you can move forward toward a bright future.
5. Always make time for yourself
As responsibilities increase, available time decreases. When you’re busy, the fun things in life fall by the wayside. Don’t let this happen! Spending time with yourself, whether it’s doing a hobby, reading a good book, or just spending a few minutes quietly alone, will recharge your batteries.
6. Find a job that makes you happy
Everyone wants the perfect fun job, but there aren’t many job openings for puppy-cuddling or nap-taking. Even the most mundane jobs need someone to do them. If you don’t find a job you love, make the one you’re doing more enjoyable, more satisfying, more your own. Say you’re writing a blog, for example; in this case, try to sneak in a joke or two that make you laugh.
7. Be charitable; it’s good for you
Volunteer for something, whether it’s a food drive or coaching your child’s t-ball team. It feels good to do good things.
8. Appreciate all that your parents have done for you
It’s typically not until after you have your own children that you appreciate everything your parents have done for you. Being a parent isn’t easy; it requires a lot of dedication and sacrifice, usually with little appreciation. It’s time to show them some gratitude!
9. Saving money now will save you money later
Having a buy now-pay later attitude will result in a lot of debt and stress, and it’ll cause you to miss things because you can’t afford them. If you use credit cards to pay for things, especially if you’re unable to pay off those debts by the end of the month, you’ll end up paying for that item possibly several times over. Set up an emergency fund equal to six months of salary, so you don’t have to resort to using credit if you lose your job or become seriously ill. Once that’s set up, put money into a savings account.
10. Nothing worth having is easy
Everything in life takes work, and nothing is owed to you. You need to earn it.
11. Experience life
It gets harder to travel and go on adventures after you’ve settled down, bought a house, and had kids. Have some fun while you’re young! There’s plenty of time for adult stuff later in life.
12. Nurture your friendships
As you get older, it becomes too easy to let real life get in the way, often causing you to let friends fall by the wayside. Don’t let this happen; make time for your friends. Hanging out and laughing with friends is good for the soul.
Wherever your path takes you, understanding these lessons will help you travel far.