Saturday, October 26, 2019

50 things I wish I'd known sooner

Now, I know I'm far from old and wise, but looking back on my life after 26 years I think about things that I wish I had known sooner. It would have made my life a heck of a lot easier and a lot less confusing. So I decided to make a list of 50 things (trust me, I could have kept going) I wish I had known sooner in life. I also asked some people in my life and my Instagram followers what they wish they had known, I included those below mine. 

1. Hurt people hurt people

2. Be okay with being different, even if people think you’re weird (they will) 

3. Time is your biggest asset and it goes much quicker than you think 

4. Everyone’s smart in their own way, don’t let school fool you 

5. See it as it is — but don’t see it worse than it is 

6. Everything happens for you, not to you 

7. A person who values you will never put themselves in a position to lose you 

8. Learn to give without expectation, you won’t always be thanked or appreciated  

9. Your parents may love you but that doesn’t always mean they know what’s best for you

10. Don’t be so hard on yourself 

11. You need much less than you think 

12. Everybody is on their own timeline, you're not ahead or behind 

13. Bad times won’t last forever, neither will heartbreak 

14. Our childhood shapes who we become but we decide what we do from there

15. Listen to your dad when he tells you, “It’s going to happen when you least expect it.”

16. Money doesn’t change you, it changes the people around you 

17. You don’t have to ask for permission 

18. Don't look for love, look for your best friend and marry them

19. To be interesting you have to be interested  

20. Don’t be afraid to be the one who cares more

21. You should tell them how you feel 

22. The wound is not your fault, but the healing is 

23. Don’t outsource your self esteem 

24. Don’t be so afraid of rejection, rejection is much less painful than regret

25. You’ll never regret money spent on travel, books or concert tickets 

26. For the love of God, don’t go out drinking without eating first 

27. Nobody focuses on your flaws as much as you do

28. Blood isn't always thicker than water  

29. Forgive people, grudges are a waste of time and energy 

30. If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a hell no

31. Learn how to care less what people think about you 

32. The thing in your life you’re trying not to think about it, is the thing that needs healing 

33. Attracting attention is different than attracting interest 

34. Stop explaining yourself to people who are committed to misunderstanding you

35. Your mind is the most powerful tool you own 

36. Isolation is dangerous, don’t be afraid to let people in

37. You are worthy and you are enough 

38. The people that know the least about you, will always have the most to say

39. Your energy introduces you before you speak 

40. Do yourself a favor and take mixed signals as a no

41. If you have to force it, it’s not for you

42. How they treat you is how they feel about you 

43. You don’t always have to have a stiff upper lip 

44. Be thankful for those that look out for you without being asked 

45. Hatin’ bitches ain’t happy and happy bitches ain’t hatin’

46. Don’t get the popular circle confused with the winners circle 

47. Whatever you’re holding onto is holding you back 

48. Gut feelings are guardian angels 

49. Reach out to that person you miss- they might just miss you, too. 

50. Let it go 

Below is what the people in my life, as well as my Instagram followers, had to say… 

“That it may take a long time to decide what you want in life.” 

“It’s okay to be single. I feel like I was so focused on having a boyfriend I didn’t learn to love myself until later in college.” 

“Don’t try to impress anyone. Just be yourself and let life happen naturally for you.” 

“Material possessions do not mean success and that most you think have money are broke.
Oh and college doesn’t mean you’ll be rich.”

“There are good guys out there, wait for the one — don’t settle.” 

“You are where you are supposed to be.” 

“The friends you make in high school, very little of the time, become life long friends.” 

“That independence isn’t a flaw, it’s a strength.” 

“That veggies are fruits go bad very quickly.” 

“The only person’s approval you need, is your own.” 

“Dance like no one is watching.”

“Having thick skin is a must, and never take anything personal.” 

“Don’t make decisions out of fear.” 

“Leave that asshole.” 

“Things eventually work out.” 

“Wear sunscreen.” 

“Spend time with your grandparents.” 

“Hangovers get worse as you age.” 

The best thing about time is the knowledge and experience that comes with it. No matter what age you're at, maybe you can take one of these lessons with you. Life is not easy, but it is so worth it. 

Keep on keepin' on —XX, Laura

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