Life doesn’t come with a handbook.
Luckily, most of us learn through experience!
We all mature at different rates, but these are the 15 truths you should have figured out by the time you hit your mid-twenties:
1. True friends are precious.
A good friend will listen to you, support you, help you get out of trouble, and tell you some home truths when necessary.
They are hard to find.
When you find a true friend, nurture the relationship.
2. Family can be a source of joy, but you don’t have to maintain toxic relationships.
Some people are lucky enough to have good relationships with their relatives.
However, some family relationships are bad for your health.
It’s OK to cut ties with abusive and toxic people, even if they happen to be a relation.
Failure isn’t much fun, but it becomes more bearable when you realize that absolutely everyone makes mistakes – some are just better at hiding it than others.
Don’t be scared to mess up.
4. Life can change in a matter of moments.
No one can predict the future, and that’s what makes life so exciting!
Of course, you can shape your destiny by choosing your partners, friends, and jobs, but there is so much we can’t control.
Expect the unexpected and embrace change.
5. Everyone has their insecurities.
Do you suffer low self-esteem?
Do you tend to beat yourself up about your flaws?
You aren’t alone – everyone does it!
Whether or not they care to admit it, every human being has a few things they would change about themselves if they could.
Learn to accept yourself – the good and the bad.
6. There are more important things in life than your weight.
A lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and regular exercise is a great idea if you want to improve your energy levels, live longer, and reduce your risk of serious disease.
However, don’t just change your lifestyle in the hope of becoming slim.
Obsessing over the number on the scales won’t help your self-esteem.
You are so much more than your weight or clothing size.
7. To help others is to help yourself.
There’s some truth to the saying,
“It’s better to give than it is to receive.”
Helping other people – even if you don’t expect to get anything in return – makes you feel great.
Lending a hand to those in need stops you becoming too wrapped up in your own drama and helps you feel connected to your community.
8. The happiest, most successful people never stop learning.
Learning doesn’t end once you graduate school or college.
Exposing yourself to new ideas and subjects keeps your mind sharp.
Picking up a new skill gives you a sense of mastery, which in turn promotes good self-esteem.
9. Nice guys don’t finish last.
It’s true that some people get ahead by cheating others or bullying their way to the top.
Luckily, you can be very successful without acting like a jerk.
When you work hard, act with integrity and treat everyone how you would like to be treated, you will win people’s respect and reach your goals.
10. It’s pointless to hold on to a grudge.
When someone hurts you, it’s perfectly normal and OK to get angry – but you need to let go and move on.
Resenting someone for something they’ve done a long time ago is utterly pointless.
It will only damage your mental health and keep you stuck in the past.
11. Sometimes, it’s better to be happy than it is to be right.
You don’t have to win every battle.
Of course, you shouldn’t back down or give in if the issue under discussion is really important to you, but you’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort if you can learn to let go of the small stuff.
12. Time goes fast.
You never know when your time will be up, so make the most of every day.
Dream big, set ambitious goals, and enjoy the journey.
13. Your career doesn’t define who you are.
Most of us spend a lot of time at work.
Obviously, it’s a good idea to find a job you enjoy and to make the most of your working hours.
However, you are more than a job title.
Keep a healthy work-life balance.
There’s nothing wrong with throwing yourself into a career, but make sure you build an identity beyond your job.
14. No one can tell you what to do with your life.
When you were a child, you were forced to listen to your parents and teachers.
Now that you’re an adult, you have the freedom to make your own decisions.
Dare to question convention.
Other people might give you good advice, but they don’t always know what’s best for you.
15. You don’t need to be religious, but you do need to find a sense of purpose in life.
The happiest people know their own minds, have a solid set of values, and know what kind of legacy they want to leave behind.
What matters most to you?
What kind of impact do you want to have on the world?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you’ll find it easier to decide what you are going to do with your time on Earth.
You will make mistakes and take the wrong path from time to time, but learn to forgive yourself.
No one has all the answers, but everyone becomes older and wiser.
You’ve probably grown and matured a lot over the past five years.
Five or ten years from now, you’ll look back and marvel at how far you’ve come.
Human beings have an amazing capacity for growth and change.
Embrace the journey.