Geetanjali Mukherjee

Friday, March 28, 2014

28 Life Lessons I Learned In 28 Years

It’s my last hour of being 28 years old, and I decided to write down 28 lessons I learnt in the last 28 years.

1. It’s very important to be kind - you can always be kinder than someone and it can't hurt.

2. Happiness bought from things can be fleeting and doesn’t last.

3. That doesn’t mean that happiness can't be found in a tub of really good ice-cream - even if it lasts only a short while.

4. Your family is the most important possession you have, and you should treat them as such.

5. Friends can be family too, sometimes even better.

6. Having a mentor in life, and choosing this mentor, is one of the most important decisions you can make, so do it wisely and while you’re young, if possible.

7. It’s important to respect the beliefs of others.

8. It’s also important to be true to your own beliefs, and be able to talk about them openly.

9. Know yourself, as well as you can. That’s your best chance at happiness, and success.

10. Accept yourself completely, and know that’s the secret to getting others to accept you.

11. Cultivate compassion for others, even if and especially, if their suffering is something that you can't relate to, or if you think, they should stop whining already. You never know what it’s really like to be them / have their problems.

12. It’s far more important to complete one thing than to start many things.

13. Failure is another term for learning, so fail often, and fail fast. Make it a habit to fail as much as possible, and success won't be too far away.

14. When you help someone else, often you’re helped as well.

15. One of the greatest joys in life is persevering at a difficult goal and accomplishing it by yourself.

16. Having integrity in all your dealings helps you sleep better at night.

17. You must find an answer to the question of god and religion for yourself, and be happy in your answer, without feeling the need to judge everyone else for theirs.

18. Money and success is worth pursuing for many reasons, but becomes hollow as an end in itself.

19. It’s great to find work that you are passionate about, but equally important to find a way to create value everyday, in any small way.

20. It is easy to point fingers and see where others are to blame; not so easy to see our own faults. Making a study of our faults and working to improve ourselves is one of the biggest investments in our long-term happiness.

21. When something bothers us about someone, chances are it’s a habit or problem we are facing ourselves and are simply in denial.

22.  It’s easier to do what is fun than what is right, but often success and the ability to hold one’s head high lies in doing what’s right.

23.  There is always someone in every field who hasn’t had to work for it, for whom everything can come easy. Don’t dwell on their life, or complain about how unfair life is. Instead, focus on what steps you can take on your own path to success.

24. The stronger you are, the easier it is to be gentle.

25. Teaching someone else only helps you to learn better. This is true of school and of life.

26. Time passes by in a flash, and we only remember some of it. Thus, you won't remember the excruciating pain of working hard towards your goals, only the moments of success. Amnesia is on your side.

27. It’s important to save, but life is also too short not to have some treats.

28. Life is a serious business. And that’s why it’s important to make time for the little things - reading a great book, listening to soulful music, admiring a beautiful sunset. Live like you have all the time in the world, and like you have no time to waste. Yes that’s a paradox, but isn’t that what life’s really about?

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