Exactly one week ago, on August 17, I turned 25 and since I love hearing other people’s life lessons, I’m now sharing my own. I think it’s also something that connects us all as humans – We are students of life, constantly learning, growing and evolving. So I decided to share the 25 life lessons I learned in my 25 years of life so far.
While most people think that wisdom comes from age, I don’t think that it’s necessarily true. I believe it’s more about the things you’re filling your years with than the sheer number of them. Wisdom comes with experience and yes, it’s possible to have experienced a lot even at a young age.
I am so grateful for every single year I get to live and I have actually experienced so much. I experienced good things and “bad things”, whereas I put bad things in quotation marks because for me they are just lessons, opportunities for growth and an integral part of our human existence. Life would be boring and stagnant if nothing challenging happened, right?
A little bit about my story:
I’m gonna tell you a little story of my own life here: I always regarded my first degree as a bad thing because I was miserable while studying with it, unhappy because I tried to please everyone by doing it and thought that I was stuck. I was basically in this victim’s mentality where you think that life is happening to you, not for you and you feel too paralyzed to change anything. I didn’t know it back then but actually in hindsight, it was such a blessing. You have probably heard of the following quote before and this is exactly what happened to me:
Change happens when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing.
I was sick and tired of living my life predicated on other people’s opinions, ridiculous things like prestige and feeling unfulfilled every day. After this degree, I didn’t pursue as Master’s degree in the same field but started studying another Bachelor’s degree and I’m so incredibly grateful I did. I discovered personal growth, went through some massive unconditioning and it now feels so good to wake up every morning and feel happy (of course not every single day, but most days).
It’s time to start living YOUR authentic life
One of the things that helped me the most and also brought me back to the Jennifer I actually am, is letting go of valuing other people’s opinions of you. I truly think that the reason why most people are not going after their dreams and what they truly want in life is because they are scared of judgement and rejection. That’s also why I’m so passionate about this topic and want to empower as many people as possible to live their truth. I want everyone to feel that bliss of just embracing your authentic self and going after your dreams.
These Questions Might Help You:
“What would you do if all the outside noise ( other people’s opinions, rejection and judgement) DID NOT exist and you would allow yourself to dream big? What would you be doing differently? What is it that makes your heart and soul truly happy?
It’s such a beautiful world once you decide to make your own decisions and go after what you want. My past me would have never ever started a blog and an Instagram page where I show myself so openly and vulnerable to the world. The only person that can give you all the love, self-worth and the approval you are seeking, is actually yourself.
You might also like this article: 10 Ways To Stop Caring So Much What Other People Think Of You
Before we start with the list of 25 things I have learned in 25 years, here are some more insights of what happened so far. It’s so funny because I already feel like I could write a whole book on it haha, but here we go:
I travelled to 24 countries, lived in three countries (Australia, Thailand and Finland) for a longer period of time and met people from all walks of life. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve failed, I’ve learned, I’ve succeeded and I’ve fallen in love. I’m glad for all the years because they made me the confident woman I am today. I am not confined to the path other people think I should take, I know how to dream big and follow my own journey. I’m in the process of deconditioning from anything that no longer serves you and growing every day more towards my higher self. I think what connects us all as humans, is that we are students of life. Constantly learning, growing and evolving.
Here Are The 25 Lessons I Learned In My 25 Years of Life:
1. Your intuition knows the way, learn to listen to that “tiny voice”
2. Connect to your authenticity and do more of the things that brings you joy
3. Learn to embrace the rejections, they’re happening for you, not against you
4. Self-love and compassion are essential
5. Magic only happens outside of your comfort zone
6. Keep the promises you make to yourself
7. Having an attitude is a total game changer
8. The best moments in life are usually the ones you never saw coming
9. Try different things in your twenties and let go of the pressure of having everything figured out. Wisdom comes from experience.
10. Make self-awareness a priority
11. Be mindful of who you take advice from
12. Surround yourself with people who love and support you
13. Always keep an open heart, never judge
14. Change your narrative around failure, embrace it!
15. The “easy” road ends up being more difficult
16. Traveling expands you
17. Talk to yourself the way you would to your dearest friend
18. Do things because you enjoy the process, not because you chase results
19. Talk about your blessings more than you talk about your problems
20. Stop overanalyzing and start executing
21. The bravest and the smartest thing you can do is to forgive
22. Let love guide your choices, not fear
23. Don’t compare yourself to others
24. Your thoughts are powerful, make them positive
25. Live in the moment and make every day count
So, these were my life lessons so far and I’m sure that I’m going to learn a lot more in the future – we all do. I hope this inspired you and added value to you in any way.
It’s so beautiful to learn from each other, so I would love to know some of your life lessons. Feel free to share them in the comment section below. Have a beautiful day!