7 Essential life lessons to learn Early on in life
“Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop.”
By Yabesh and Parth
Life is a journey of continuous learning when we fall and rise, picking important life lessons along the way. Some of these life lessons we learn through books or from others and some we learn from practical experience. And there is a significant difference between practical and theoretical experience.
Most also say that some lessons we can only learn from practical experience or the hard way. And these life lessons come up too late, catching us off-guard or unprepared. Of course, sometimes the hard way is inevitable and necessary. But many people sweat over things they don’t need to sweat about.
And there are so many life lessons I wish I learned early on in life.
“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
— C.S. Lewis —
7 Essential life lessons to learn Early on in life
1. Money is not the actual solution to the real problems
Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.
Many people are living in very little but still, have a happy and wonderful life. And also sadly, many people have quite a lot, yet have a miserable life.
There are many examples of peoples of poor backgrounds getting rich with their passion, dedication, hard work, and effort. And also are many rich people getting poor and losing everything they have.
Money can buy a nice house, a new smartphone, cool shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a relationship, or cure loneliness, and bring happiness. Money can’t buy true friends who matter and will be with you in need.
If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.
2. You need to change yourself first, not the world
You might hear many people complaining about how crazy the world is. And how they want to change the world. But if you tell them to start from themselves. They will usually say things like-“What? Do you think something is wrong with ME?” But let’s just think the same thing while keeping yourself in context.
The world is the reflection of who we are from inside and how we perceive everything. And usually, our perspective or viewpoint is polluted with media, conspiracy theories, limiting believes, etc.
And it necessary to understand that it’s not the others or the world who need to change, but it’s you. You need to keep making yourself better, to make the world greater.
3. Believe in yourself
Many people usually assume that everyone is better than them or they can’t do what they want. They expect everyone to see gold where there is only dust. They usually underestimate what they are capable of.
If you don’t believe in yourself and what you are capable of, then nobody will. You will act on that belief and people will treat you based on what you think about yourself, based on how you treat yourself, and based on how you act and behave in the world.
It all starts with how you treat yourself. And you can only expect others to treat you as you treat yourself. Believe in yourself and others will believe in yourself too.
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
4. Your health is more valuable than you think
Your health is your most valuable asset. All the money, success, fame you have, it’s useless without it. You need to invest in your health. Treat your body like a temple and keep it the #1 priority.
When we are young, it seems nothing can touch us and we are invincible. We tend to take our health for granted because it’s just there. However, as we grow older all the drinks, parties, smoking and eating fast foods take a toll on our health.
You need to start developing healthy habits, like daily exercise, regular brushing, and regular checkups with your doctor. These habits will help you to prevent future health problems and live a healthy and happy life.
Health is a treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.
5. You don’t always get what you want
No matter how hard you work or how carefully you plan. Sometimes things just do not tend to work out the way you want and that’s okay.
We all have these expectations and a vision of what an “ideal” life would look like. But usually, that’s not the reality we end up with. Sometimes we fail or just change our mind mid-course. Sometimes we change our mind to find the right direction or sometimes to just try few other things out before we find the right direction.
Life is always not fair, but it’s still good. And you can’t just plan your life and expect it to go the way you want. Unpredictability is a positive part of life.
6. It’s ok, not to know
No one knows everything or has figured it all out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in not knowing something but it’s an opportunity to learn something. Pretending to be perfect never makes you perfect.
We all make mistakes and mess up sometimes. And there is no shame or stigma in admitting our limitations or uncertainty. It just makes us more human.
Not knowing something is an opportunity to learn it. We learn as go, that’s Life.
7. Don’t take anything for granted
We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have, or think you will have tomorrow.
When you’re young you think you always will be healthy and energetic, but you won’t. You think your parents are always with you forever, but they aren’t. You think that you always have enough time to get in touch with your old friend, but you don’t have. Or You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.
Whatever you have early on in life, is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including the ones you love. Life can change in an instant.
This is the hardest life lesson that people usually learn the hard way.
Life is a very tricky thing. Sometimes it goes up and sometimes it goes down. Sometimes you are on the top of the world crushing it. And sometimes everything is just over you and everything is crushing you. But what is left always from every good or bad experience is learning.
All of us have listened and I also even encouraged you to always keep making mistakes because that is how we learn. But should every life lesson be learned by making mistakes? To make a mistake is good but to make a mistake that can be avoided with learning and preparation is foolish.
For example, You know it hurts to fall from a tree. And I don’t think you want to make the mistake of falling from a tree to learn this life lesson- “it hurts a good deal and some bones might crack when you fall from a tree”.
That was the reason I decided to put all of my life lessons together. So that you don’t make the mistakes I made. This does not mean I am a personal development guru or something like that. I am also an ordinary person like you. It’s just that these are the most important life lessons I have learned so far.
Enhance Your Learning
- Which life lesson you liked the most?
- Think about some life lessons you learned from practical experience?
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