What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your life?
When I was a child, I learned that destroying my sister’s doll collection got me a wooden spoon smacked across my ass. In high school, I learned the more I let something bother me, the more people teased me about it. And in university, I (finally) learned how to remove a woman’s bra with one hand!
Point is, I learned from experience, just like you.
I hope that my Year of Fear will be another experience that teaches me new lessons. For now, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the lessons I’ve learned in my first 33 years on this planet.
Here they are, in no particular order:
- You will never regret money spent on traveling, but you will often regret money spent on clothing, gadgets, and stuff you don’t really need.
- Always be authentic. It’s easier to be honest than fake your way through life.
- Luck is bullshit. You create your own luck by getting off the couch and taking risks.
- Listen more than you speak.
- Take everything you read or hear in the news with a grain of salt.
- There are more good people in the world than bad. Be curious and talk to strangers.
- People care more about themselves than they care about you, so try not to waste time being insecure about what others think.
- Even if you’re 100% right, don’t argue or use sarcasm with a police officer.
- You have to work jobs you hate before you can find a job you love.
- Get out of your comfort zone regularly, even if you have to force it.
- Admitting you don’t know the answer doesn’t make you weak. Lying, on the other hand, makes you look like an idiot.
- Moderation is key.
- Don’t dwell on the past.
- No matter how many scenarios you play out in your head before you do something, it will never go exactly as you expect.
- People who are older are not necessarily wiser.
- If you’re not comfortable being single, you’re not ready for a relationship.
- First impressions are overrated.
- Holding a grudge is one of the biggest wastes of energy there is.
- Don’t be afraid to speak your mind, even to someone who is ‘above’ you.
- When you hold a door open for someone and they don’t say “thank-you,” let it go instead of rudely telling them “you’re welcome!”
- Accept criticism with pleasure. Use it to learn and make yourself better.
- Nothing replaces hard work. Put in the effort. Stop being lazy. If you wait for opportunities to come to you, you’ll be waiting a long, long time.
- Religion doesn’t hurt the world—stupid people do.
- Change is inevitable. Embrace it.
- Don’t cheap out on winter clothing if you live in Canada.
- Spend more time outside. Go for a walk in the bush. Lie on the grass and stare at the sky. Nature is awesome.
- No matter how shitty you think your day is, there is someone out there having a much worse day than you.
- Listening to your penis instead of your brain will get you into a lot of trouble.
- The only way to get rid of bad habits is to replace them with good habits.
- Generalizations are wrong. Still, never trust blondes, used car salesmen, and taxi drivers. 🙂
- Smile and laugh as much as possible.
- Money does buy happiness, but only if you use it to travel, learn something new, or help someone else.
- Make sure if you create a list of life lessons, you own it. Nobody likes a hypocrite.
Feel free to share your own life lessons in the comments section below!