27 things I’ve learned in my 27 years.
1. don’t judge what people believe, and don’t let what you believe separate you from good people or any other good in the world.
2. you gotta take care of yourself and make yourself happy. no one else should look out for, or love you more than you.
3. go all in: if you wanna try something, do it. and you might as well over-do-it, because you might not ever get another chance at it (unless it’s like a mind altering drug or something. might wanna try baby steps).
4. don’t wait: if you’re waiting on something or someone so you can start living your life, you’re wasting time you can’t get back. don’t “live a little,” live a lot.
5. eat healthy: you are what you eat, and the things you eat directly effect your health (i.e. cancer, diabetes, heart problems, etc). you only get one body.
6. know when to say when: some thing’s will last forever, some will last for a minute. some dreams you can chase for a lifetime, some dreams you have to wake up from. it’s never easy, but it’s something to be mindful of.
7. opportunities are very seldom given, they’re usually either created or taken.
8. be a person: love, respect, compliment, be considerate of, appreciate, be honest with, cherish, laugh with, hug, kiss, smile at, listen to, speak to, reason with, learn from, care for, give to, graciously receive from, spend time with, forgive, sing with, dance with, and open up to other people.
9. if you rent an apartment in a building with 2 to 4 floors, make absolutely damn sure you live on the top floor. don’t risk your sanity with the chance of having noisy neighbors living on top of your head.
10. don’t be a afraid to improve: you weren’t born perfect, but your character flaws don’t always have to be flaws. get to know yourself, and look at who you are objectively. you should look like the kinda person you’d wanna spend time with.
11. you gotta make money: I know people are always saying “it’s not all about money” or “money isn’t everything”. and, both are true, but, what is also true is that money buys food, clothing, and shelter. so if you want those things (legally) go to school, get a degree, a certificate, a license, or at least make damn good financial decisions, because yeah, money’s important.
12. save money: now that you’ve made money, hide some of it from yourself because when your car wants some attention, or you have an opportunity to go on some once in a lifetime trip, or that big purchase needs a down payment and tax season is no where in sight, it’s always nice to have a little money tucked away for whatever the case may be.
13. fight: whether physically, mentally, or emotionally (or sometimes all 3), there are things in life worth fighting for, so be prepared to do so (in contrast to number 6 on this list).
14. think about the places you haven’t gone, the food you haven’t tried, and the things you haven’t seen. then one by one, go do them. save up, take the time off, get a friend to tag along—whatever u gotta do.
15. confidence might be sexy, but humility is beautiful. be humble.
16. celebrate everything and anything you can. from a holiday, to your birthday, to getting out of a parking ticket: make it a party! why not.
17. bring a phone charger. you know more than likely, your phone’s gonna die while you’re out. and when it does, you’re gonna need it.
18. learn something new: once you’re out of school it’s all work and bills and trying to find time to actually have fun. somewhere in there, squeeze in some new knowledge. whether it’s watching something educational (the history channel, science channel, discovery, etc), reading up on something, or taking a course. just keep learning; there are still things you don’t know that you probably should.
19. invest whatever you can. you’ve worked for ur money, now let it work for you. from getting a CD at a bank, to buying shares of stock, get out there and see what your options are.
20. keep cash on you. there are few things more aggravating than going somewhere that’s cash only, and all you have is plastic.
21. when it comes to professionals in the medical field (doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, etc), don’t expect them to volunteer information. make a list of questions before you speak with them if you can, so that you receive all the information that’s important to YOU, not just what they think you need to know.
22. you can appreciate what you have, but don’t just be satisfied with something if it’s less than what you want.
23. being patient is more often then not the best course of action. but sometimes, you gotta give patience the middle finger and just go make it happen.
24. sometimes bad parents create humanitarians, while others create serial killers. if you’re gonna have kids, be serious. recognize the gravity of what you’re getting yourself into. do your homework, talk to your grandparents, talk to other parents, read every parenting book and article you possibly can, etc.
25. for some reason, words often speak louder than actions. so whenever possible, make sure what you’re saying is what you mean and that the way you’re saying it is appropriate. in other words, watch what you say and how you say it. it matters.
26. time: sincere omnia (timing is everything), and time is our most valuable resource. it’s your best friend when your timing’s right, and your worse enemy when times running out or there’s none left. use it wisely and take advantage of it when you have it.
27. it’s a little unnerving, but people can change. you can know someone for 5, 10, or 20 years, and one day—or gradually over time—they’re no longer the person you knew. obviously, it’s not AS bad when a person changes for the better, but humans are creatures of habit. we get used to how things are; we get comfortable. so be mindful without anxiety: it may happen, or it may not. there’s nothing to do to stop it if it’s going to happen, you can only enjoy the people around you while you can, and attempt to adjust if they become someone you don’t recognize.