31 Things I Wish I Knew Earlier…

Sipping coffee, cold breeze and me sitting in my uncomfortable chair, watching Monsters, Inc. on my laptop. Mike Wazowski and “Kitty.” They are monsters from some cute dimension Lol. I’ve watched the movie 3 times now.

I left my desk and came back in my bed (with my back pains), to study. Out of nowhere, I started contemplating this tricky yet breathtakingly beautiful thing – Life. (Guessing your mind wanders far away places when you study – true enough!)

I just realized a few things I’ve learned over the years – through hardships, heartbreaks, breakthroughs, experiences (good and bad), cries and happiness.

If only I could go back to my younger self and tell her, it all works out for the good. You may think you see closed doors, God has other plans for you and when you look back you will see how each dot connected and how it worked out for the better (because it always does), as though some kind of magic! My younger self never gave up on her hustle and kept going and fighting against all odds, and I’m thankful for that now. It’s just that…I wish I knew somethings earlier in my life, now that I know them…

Here is to all the youngsters out there. Hope you believe in yourself and love yourself more than anything else.

From respecting yourself to forgiving a friend, or working on your relationships – here are 31 things every young boy or girl should be told.

1) Dignity is important. Do not ever make any compromises on that count. Don’t allow anyone to take you for granted.

2) Stand up for yourself. And always support what is right. It is not just important to be good, but also to support well.

3) Have a goal. It doesn’t matter if you change it along the way. These are milestones on the way to your real destination.

4) Keep a daily schedule. Respect and utilize the time you have; do not take it for granted.

5) Give yourself an altruistic daily goal — be good to someone. Treat that as a gift to yourself –

6) Things that are easily achieved are not necessarily the best. The best comes with patience and forbearance. Happiness and success follow hard work and strategizing.

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

7) Try not to stress. Things that seem earth-shattering right now will seem minuscule and irrelevant in the future.

8) Tomorrow is another day – almost nothing you did is so bad that it cannot be bettered the next day.

9) Don’t hurt others. You will not forgive yourself.

10) Don’t make a point of winning every argument. Let others win sometimes; they will love you for it.

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11) Don’t respond immediately. Always take your time to consider before you react.

12) Do not worry about changing your mind. As you grow and gain experience you are bound to change perspectives and decisions.

13) In a world where social media demands instant responses, don’t lay your heart bare for all to see! By being vocal about your feelings, you may allow a fleeting emotion to brand you for a lifetime.

14) Distance yourself from a problem for a fresher perspective. Just as the world looks more beautiful from an airplane, things will seem better from a distance.

15) Not everything is about you. Do not imagine people are targeting you. Quite often it is about them, not about you.

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.

16) Never do something your gut warns you against just because someone is pressurizing you. Follow your instinct.

17) Don’t let inertia stop you from living life to the full and making the most of the experiences you are offered.

18) Do not blindly reject anything, You never know in what form Destiny may be knocking at your door.

19) Learn to accept people you love as they are. You will love them deeper that way.

20) Accept the wisdom of centuries – all research ultimately comes back in a big circle to what our elders tried, tested and passed on to us.

21) Forgive, but ensure the one who wronged you understands that you choose to forgive and move on. It isn’t a compulsion.

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.

22) Make people feel cheerful and good about themselves. But don’t become a joker to make others happy.

23) Cultivate a passion. It will hold you in good stead through your highs and lows.

24) Read. Reading educates you and insulates you from the littleness of the world.

25) Don’t regret anything. What’s done is done. The only thing you can do now is atoning, make amends – and there is great power in atonement. Today is important.

26) Learn to manage expectations. Reality brings grief or discomfort only when it doesn’t meet expectation.

27) Don’t worry about what others think of you. They will never like you as much as you like yourself –don’t waste your time.

28) Believe in yourself. There is no such thing as lucky people and unlucky people. It is all a matter of being prepared to grab the opportunity when you find yourself in the right place at the right time.

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.

29) Smile and show happiness when you meet people. Make them feel special. Hand out compliments and generally encourage and compliment them on their ventures.

30) Relationships are to be worked on. No long lasting relationship has reached there without ups and downs and bouts of discussions, fights, understanding, and forgiveness.

31) People will treat you as you treat yourself. It is important to respect yourself and keep improving. Take care of the body, mind, and soul God has given you and actualize them all to their fullest potential. There can be no greater prayer than that!

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48 thoughts on “31 Things I Wish I Knew Earlier…

  1. Great but i disagree with the one about not being a joker. As long as all parties are happy,no problem at all

    1. At parties, definitely; humour is a good quality. However, those who are incapable of being serious are downright annoying. I find humour to be best used sparingly to punctuate tense situations. Then again, I am a very serious person, and I know my position is not universal.

  2. Aishwarya this should be part of every school curriculum. It could save young people a lot of unnecessary suffering! The only difficulty is, would they listen? Sometimes the best learning comes from making these mistakes first! Great post!

    1. I agree with you. Some learnings best come from mistakes and experiences.
      Thank you for reading ❤

  3. Aishwarya one more post from you which makes an impact (a positive one) on society around. You’re sure to make a good impression, because you’re so calm and polite. You’re projecting an aura of skill and competence that makes others feel secure around you and I have become an ardent follower of You, waiting again for your next post eagerly . . . . Keep it up.

  4. I really love the genuineness of this. I feel it in your words and I am quite glad you shared this for everyone to see, feel and understand.

    This line is beautiful “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. “

  5. This was a terrific piece of writing. Very good. A great deal of effort put it into this. Also, thank you for reading as well.

  6. That’s a really cool list… like it!!Also I tried to subscribe to your newsletter, but something didn’t work … I am always using the WordPress App. It would be great if you could send me a link to your newsletter. Have a nice Sunday!

    1. I have set it up as an embedded form. It should work by just entering an email address and then clicking subscribe. I’ll look into the matter into my next post.

  7. Being new to this part of social networking I have only read a few posts. You have put some great knowledge into words. I believe I agree with “Create Space” comments, this should be taught in school. Agreeing that, you cannot teach wisdom. Having the knowledge is a great thing, having the wisdom to use that knowledge is an even better thing. I read at one time in my life, something to this effect, “wisdom is to knowledge what faith is to belief”. Having the one without the other is a start. Applying your knowledge, or acting on your belief is necessary for either to be worth anything of value. Life’s lessons should be taught so that when one runs up against something they have the information needed to get through it. Coming from the school of hard knocks I doubt I would have paid any attention to it, but it may have been nice to have just in case. Keep up the great work.

    1. Wisdom is to knowledge what faith is to belief. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I appreciate it.
      Also, thanks for taking out your time to read and comment.

      Best wishes to you.

      hugs and love,
      xoxo ❤

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