Lessons for the Young: 15 Things I Wish I Knew Way Back When

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned when I was young enough to actually appreciate and apply them. The funny thing about wisdom, though, is that it’s often learned in retrospect, waaay after we need it. 

The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned. You know, people such as our kids. Hence, here are some of the most important lessons that I think are worth sharing with the younger folks in your life:

  1. Love is so much more than a pleasant feeling – it’s a daily choice.
  2. Money is nice to have and will solve some problems, but there are some problems it will never solve.
  3. Pleasing everyone is impossible, so don’t bother.
  4. There are times when you should really dive into things, but pacing yourself is often better for you than going full blast.
  5. Your physical and mental health are two of the most important things you have, so try to take very good care of them.
  6. You kind of already knew this, but this entire life experience is not all about you.
  7. It’s more than okay to not know everything all the time. 
  8. Your comfort zone is your enemy, so learn how to fight it.
  9. The early bird really does catch the worm, so be a step ahead of everyone else. 
  10. There is never a better time than right now. Never was, and never will be.
  11. A healthy work-life balance is the secret ingredient to having healthy relationships with your loved ones. 
  12. Life is seldom truly fair, but worry not: Justice eventually prevails. 
  13. There is perhaps nothing as freeing as the moment you genuinely forgive someone.
  14. Helping people who don’t ask for it is good for your soul, and will often come back to you. 
  15. Unless you have reason to do otherwise, choose action over inaction.

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