25 Life Lessons from an Almost 25 Year Old

October 16, 2014
“Young enough to know better, old enough to not give a darn.”

1. Don’t take yourself so seriously

Seriously. Life is fun. Lighten up!

2. Be honest with yourself

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Some old dead guy

3. Accept your limitations

You are not superman. You are human. You are enough.

4. Persevere in developing your strengths

You are uniquely wired and gifted for a reason. Honor your Creator (and help the rest of us) by using your gifts!

5. Give thanks for every single day you’re given

Tim McGraw had a thing or two to say about this.

6. Appreciate the people in your life

Read Top 5 Regets of the Dying. All of them involve people to a certain extent.

7. Shoot for the stars

Aim for the moon, and even if you miss, Russia still has a space program 😉

8. Tell your parents you love them

No matter the complications surrounding your relationship with them, the fact is they probably sacrificed a lot to give you things they didn’t have. Give Mom a call! She will very much appreciate it 🙂

9. Tell him/her how you really feel

This one goes back to No. 2. Yes rejection might hurt, but it’s far far better than never telling them at all. Take a risk.

10. Create

We were designed “to work and to keep” the earth. Be your domain Art, Science, Accounting, or Underwater Basket Weaving, create with everything you have!

11. Find the positive

It’s there I promise. Don’t be a negative nancy.

12. Run toward your dreams

Let me say that again. RUN. Don’t just saunter or jog or dance around in a vague direction. Set your compass towards what you truly want and don’t slow down till you get there!

13. Travel

Experience the world outside your world.

“A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao-Tzu

14. Embrace the hurt

Hurting moments can be learning moments. But sometimes they’re just hurting moments. Don’t despise the growth and change you’re being forced to undergo.

15. Smile

It’s healthy! 🙂

16. Share your life

Don’t be a lone ranger. Share yourself with others. Live in Community. We need you!

17. Be true to yourself

Don’t be a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Or even a sheep in another sheep’s clothing. Just wear your own damn clothes.

18. Inspire others

Practice numbers 1 – 17 and this one is a gimme.

19. Unplug and Listen

The world we live in is a Distraction Machine. Take a hike, get out in the sticks, and leave your battery-powered devices behind!

20. Hug often

If you’re like me and you need your fill of physical touch, this is the best non-creepy way to do it!

21. Get tired

Spend yourself. Pour yourself out for a worthy cause, come home exhausted, then wake up the next day and do it again.

22. Call an old friend

Chances are, they’re probably thinking of you as well.

23. Marvel at Beauty

Be it a Picasso, Nature, the Opera, or Outer Space. Stand in wonder at something bigger than yourself.

24. Feel

Oftentimes we use substance or entertainment to numb ourselves. All feelings, euphoric or painful, demand to be felt.

25. Stay hungry, Stay foolish

– Steve Jobs 🙂

What do you think? Have any lessons of your own to contribute? Leave a comment below!

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