30 lessons to live by

While I believe there’s truth to the statement ‘you learn through experience’ I also believe there’s truth to the idea of learning from others mistakes, gaining from others wisdom and becoming who we are thanks to those we surround ourselves with.

Even if they might sound cliche, there’s plenty of life lessons that can be learned from the simple act of listening/reading. In a lot of cases you might already know these lessons. In a lot of cases, it’s just a matter of re-reading it to put it top of mind.

Here are 30 lessons to live by that withstand the test of time:

  1. You are not your parents. As much as people might try to tell you that you’re just like them… you are not, I repeat YOU ARE NOT, doomed to repeat their mistakes or force yourself into the same situations as they are/were in. Be yourself, don’t try to become them.
  2. Collect moments, not things. Memories are the only currency we have that doesn’t diminish in value with time. While tangible objects collect dust and can invariably disappoint over the years, our memories never dim, nor fade. They forever live on in our minds with a bittersweet sense of belonging.
  3. A man is not a financial plan. This one comes directly from my mother. Trying to hinge your bets on living off someone else is an insecure way to live. Make sure that you’re capable of looking after yourself financially, then your partner can add to your life, not control it.
  4. Debt isn’t worth it. Buying things you cannot afford might fix your problems in the short-term, but long term will give you nothing more than stress and anxiety.
  5. Failure is growth. Society tends to tell us that failure is a bad thing and that’s really not the case. So long as you’re learning from your failure, you’re growing as a person. Learn from your failure and you’ll appreciate your success so much more when you accomplish it.
  6. Comparison is the thief of joy. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. Don’t compare your step one to someone else’s success. [Insert Name Here] might be a billionaire at 20, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure if you’re not.
  7. Change is good. Even when it seems like it sucks. Remaining stagnant in a world where change is all around you is a naive failure to flow with the natural order of the world.
  8. Age is just a number. Don’t ever discount someone because of their age. Age does not tell you intelligence, competence, capability, confidence, or anything about a person beyond the year they were born.
  9. Body positivity has zero to do with what you believe is attractive. Body positivity is a respect for the human body and what it does for a person. What you find attractive in a person has NOTHING to do with treating people with respect and appreciating what your body does for you and their body does for them.
  10. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. There’s no need, reason or excuse for being rude, mean or demoralizing. If you can’t be kind, keep your mouth shut.
  11. Putting up walls diminishes authenticity. Creating a persona to shield yourself from surrounding judgment, or potential judgment, diminishes the integral aspects of who you are. Don’t let your true self fade behind the walls you build.
  12. Exercise contributes to every aspect of your well being – physically, mentally and emotionally. It improves your health and your outlook. It forces much needed serotonin on your brain and can vastly benefit your outlook towards the world.
  13. Giving love is one of the best gifts you can give. Receiving love is one of the best gifts you can receive. Never underestimate the value of love.
  14. You get more from giving more. Success doesn’t come from seeing how much you can take. If you want to live a life of abundance, give with grace and give as much as you can.
  15. Even if you’re questioning whether to let your head or your heart decide, ensure you listen to your head. That tiny-voice inside of you always knows what’s right.
  16. Grudges cause nothing but pain. Allow yourself to move on from the past. Remember that just because you forgive does not mean that you need to forget. You can forgive someone and not carry the weight of the pain they caused whilst remembering so that you don’t ever have to suffer that same pain twice.
  17. Travel makes you more interesting, insightful and an accepting person. You learn when you see how others experience and you become more open to things beyond what you could ever imagine. Travel and travel often.
  18. You aren’t always right. There’s always more than one version to the story. Practice humility and remember that you’re wrong sometimes, too.
  19. You define your life. If you want it to be meaningful, make it meaningful. If you don’t, you won’t.
  20. You cannot control others, only yourself. Make sure that you’re a positive example of what you want the world to be.
  21. Gratitude multiplies happiness. Consciously focusing on what you have, rather than what you don’t, is the best use of your brain.
  22. Please yourself first. Don’t wait for approval from others in order to look after yourself. Just like no one in this world can make us feel as bad as we can, no one in this world can make us feel as good as we can.
  23. Self-awareness is more valuable then personal achievement.
  24. Knowledge is power. The more you learn, the more you earn. The more you know, the more you bring to the table. The more insightful you can be, the more tolerant and understanding you are. Don’t ever stop learning.
  25. If you want something done right, do it yourself. You know what’s right for you. Don’t try to pass it off on someone else if you know you’re more than capable.
  26. Your thoughts are like boomerangs. What you put out into the universe will come right back to you. What do you want coming back?
  27. The easy road is never that. Trying to take the easy way out is like trying to cheat the system. In the end, it’s going to come back to haunt you.
  28. Honesty, even when it hurts, is far better than any lie, comforting or not.
  29. If someone shows you who they really are, believe them the first time. I’ve heard this quoted to Mya Angelou. She’s pretty darn right on the money when it comes to this quote. Offering second chances always seems to show you what you already know/knew.
  30. Make every day count. You never know when it will be your last.

34 thoughts on “30 lessons to live by

  1. You beat me to this blog post! I had a rough copy of 28 Things I learned in 28 years… or something like that. Literally the exact same idea. So freaky! I was gonna post it on my birthday.

    Now that I think about it, when is your birthday? You’ve probably told me but I’m terrible at remembering these things without Facebook reminders. The only good thing that came out of FB were the FB reminders… 🙇‍♀️

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    1. I can’t wait to see yours. Were you going to post it on your birthday but getting it ready now?

      My birthday is in November.

      I don’t have facebook. I just have to remember birthday’s the old fashioned way. lol

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      1. Honestly you aren’t missing anything on Fakebook. I don’t like FB anymore – it’s just not what it used to be. I used to love using FB but it’s gone downhill ever since everyone’s mom and grandma joined. People judge everything I write and I’m like, “fuck that.” I want free speech so now I have my own place to express myself.

        Yup, that was the plan, knowing that I’m gonna be busy now until then I was hoping to get a head start. I haven’t had an opportunity to use my laptop at all since arriving in ON because my in-laws live like they are having a party every damn day. There’s usually 20 people at any given time whether it’s at his house, his grandparents’ house, cottage, restaurant etc. so I can’t really escape from it all to be my introverted self.

        I’ll make a mental note of that and try to remember to write it down, thanks 😊🎂

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      1. My former office, they refused to hire a woman because she was 56 years old and they said she was too old to be able to comprehend the work. Someone actually snapchatted the conversation of the CEO laughing about that in the office kitchen and she took them to court over it. People are so closed minded sometimes, it really drives me bonkers. Mind you, my former workplace was filled with a particularly heinous breed of disgusting and awful people. But yes, the point of the story – people suck when they do shit like that.

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      2. 🙂 If we are not judging people by age, we are NOT judging by age, whether the age is 56 or 86, we judge according to abilities.

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  2. Number 10 is applicable to your comment on other’s post and your post on social media (including blog) too. If you don’t have anything nice to comment or post, then keep it to yourself. Thanks for sharing 😊👍

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  3. I would only question #29 – sometimes our interpretation of what we see in another person might not be right the first time 🙂

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    1. This one is usually carried under the context of someone doing something shitty. Even if you’ve known them 5 years and then they suddenly start kicking puppies, the context is they probably liked doing that all along they just hid it from you. Once the finally show you who they really are, take it for what it is, persay. Does that make sense?


      1. Sort of. There were many situations in my life when I was trying to keep n contact with a person for the sake “let’s focus on what unites us rather than on what divides us,” but it rarely worked. Somebody is advocating for special needs kids, and I work with them on this issue, trying to ignore their homophobia, until they start to badmouth my son and stop doing projects with me.
        Somebody would support LGBT rights, and I would work with them even though they are conservative on social issues, and I try to ignore the latter and work on the former. However, once they would post something disgusting about the people on welfare, and I protest, and they stop talking to me. So, I guess … mostly true

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