In light of this, I thought it would be great to share 32 life lessons that I’ve learned thus far—about myself and the world around me. I tried to let this list flow and not overthink, so let’s get right into it with lesson number one:
There is a solution to every problem.
We just need to decide if the problem is worth the energy that it might take to solve it.
Happiness is a choice.
There are 50 billion reasons to remain unhappy each day, be happy anyway.
A smile is always the best ice breaker.
We are all selfish to some degree.
So, if someone denies their selfish nature solely for your betterment, appreciate it.
As cute as the are, having children is optional.
Society will have us believe that childbearing is mandatory—regardless of our lack of emotional or financial stability to care for a child.
Experiences are more valuable than material things.
Make traveling a priority.
Travel out of your town, city, state, country, continent. Just travel.
Infinite knowledge is not found in one language.
Also, if someone speaks with an accent, chances are, they have a wealth of cultural experiences to match.
Always value the time spent with loved ones.
Aim to help at least one person every single day.
Find out how much your time is worth and spend it wisely.
Always know your value.
Be a good friend.
Take calculated risks.
We are all biased.
Be more forgiving to those who are actively working through and past those biases—as long as it is not at the expense of your sanity or freedom.
We don’t all need a college degree to succeed but we all need to be educated.
It’s futile to argue about race, gender, politics or religion.
Logic rarely serves as a catalyst for change in those respects.
There is nothing that you can do to stop others from judging you.
The quicker that you can get past this, the better things will be.
In a similar vein, not everyone will love you as your authentic self.
That’s okay. There are some who will think you’re the best thing since sliced bread, spend more time with them.
Vampires are real. However, they drink energy not blood.
Learn how to detect them and minimize the time that you spend in their presence.
The onus is on you to teach others how to love you.
Set the example by showing them how you love yourself.
There is nothing wrong with loving yourself unapologetically.
Have some mirror time each day.
Comparing yourself to others will lead to your undoing.
It takes faith to believe in the realness of God and faith to believe that God doesn’t exist.
A stitch in time saves months of patching down the line.
You are a miracle.
Life is a series of small decisions.
No one has it figured out.
Success favors the highly adaptable.
Never criticize a gift.
Unless of course it’s a box of roaches.
You get what you pay for, always.
Nothing in life is free.
Someone always pays.
If you love God, love Him with reckless abandon.
My faith in God emboldens my faith in myself. Like a DBZ power up.
That’s it! These are 32 lessons learned over the past 32 years.