My 23rd birthday has already come and gone but I still wanted to share a few lessons I have learned throughout 23 years. Majority of these are from the age of 18 onward but they are lessons learnt nonetheless. The situations in which these lessons were acquired weren’t always pleasant but I have made it a point of duty to always take the positive out of every situation. I give thanks to God for all He has done, is doing, and will do for me. If you can take these lessons and apply them to your life, skipping the pain and regret, then count yourself a blessed soul. Okay, without further ado, here is part one to 23 lessons I have learned throughout my 23 years of life, including the first 11 lessons which are:
1. Live in the now.
The past is the past, you won’t get it back. The future is not in your hands so don’t worry about it. You exist here and now. Be fully present in the now. Don’t let life pass you by.
2. Keep moving forward.
Life is going to throw so many things at you. It is not about how quickly you can duck or how many hits you can take. It is about enduring despite all the setbacks, not giving up but pressing forward.
Just as a child is taught to listen, as teenagers and young adults, you should listen too. There are so many heartaches and pain that we could have avoided if we had only listened. Another side to this lesson is to be that ear for someone who wants to talk. You don’t know how much that person appreciates your time and attention.
4. Spend time with loved ones and let them know you love them.
I haven’t lost anyone super close to me but I know others that have and never got a chance to say goodbye. This is one lesson I am learning from others. Take the time out to let your loved ones know that you love them and show them that you care. Nothing can substitute quality time spent with them. You never know when you will leave them or when they will leave you.
5. Trust in the Lord.
God loves you and has your back. He wants you to put your trust in Him and in nothing or anyone else. Others may fail you but God never fails.
6. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
This is a very powerful scripture verse for me. Embarking on this blogging journey as an amateur (still am), having nothing but God, a laptop and passion, this verse brought me through some hills and valleys. It is a natural tendency to doubt. “I am not a good writer”, “no one will want to read this”, “how are you going to stand out?”, “do you really think this can go somewhere?” This was my gentle reminder that apart from my laptop and my passion, I had God who is the I AM and is the source of my strength. You also can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
7. Explore and create new memories.
At the beginning of this year, I got bitten by the adventure bug really hard. I have come to realize over and over that nothing is promised, not even the very next minute! So, I want to spend my time doing what matters to me which is seeing the world and collecting memories, not material things.
8. Nothing new happens in the comfort zone.
I have had some wonderful experiences this year thus far and none has happened in my comfort zone. Your comfort zone is meant to keep you safe and sheltered. But all the action and fun and majority of the things you would like to do in life lies at the border and beyond of your comfort zone. Don’t let fear hold you back from living your best life now.
9. Love yourself.
There is a scripture that reads “love your neighbor as yourself.” That is a command given by God to us His children. But in case you don’t see it, there is a criterion given for you on how you should love others (your neighbors), and that is, as yourself. The way you love yourself is the way you will love other people. The way you love yourself is also a standard you set for others on how you would like to be loved. Set the example for others and love yourself genuinely.
10. Always be learning.
This is the epitome of this post and is also a habit of highly successful people. They are always learning and absorbing the knowledge around them. There is so much you do not know that will help to broaden your mind, knowledge and understanding.
11. Practice self-care.
Take care of yourself, your mind, soul, and body. Take time for yourself, nourish your soul with the Word of God, and take care of your body.
This is part one of a two part series on lessons I learnt throughout my 23 years of life. Part two be will be coming shortly so stay tuned!
– Tropical Tide
TO BE CONTINUED…..