25 Things I’ve Learned In Life

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I know that I can be my worst enemy at times.  I know I am too hard on myself, too cruel and struggle to be truly happy with my lot.  There’s changes I need to make but there are also things I’ve learnt to accept about this never ending roller coaster called life.

These include:

  1. Life isn’t fair.
  2. Failure is not always a bad thing, it can teach us so much.
  3. Success may not always be the best thing for you.
  4. Beware of fair weather friends.
  5. Nobody really knows what goes on behind closed doors.
  6. Don’t continually say yes to others, it won’t make you happy.
  7. Don’t continually say no to yourself as that won’t make you happy either.
  8. You can’t control other people but you can control how you react to them.
  9. The lies we tell ourselves are more dangerous than the lies we tell others.
  10. You don’t have to like everyone.
  11. Everyone doesn’t have to like you.
  12. Grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
  13. First impressions can be wrong.
  14. Unless you have had identical life experiences as someone else you can never truly know how you would react to a certain situation.
  15. Life moves on even if you don’t.
  16. Knowing your own mind can be one of the hardest things.
  17. Too much time and energy is wasted on things you can’t change.
  18. It’s ok to get things wrong as long as you learn from the experience.
  19. Too much time is wasted comparing ourselves to others
  20. The older you become the more you realise how little you know.
  21. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness.
  22. The past is a lesson, not a punishment.
  23. If you always focus on what is missing, you will never see what you already have.
  24. Knowing and accepting your flaws can be your best asset.
  25. Forgiveness is the best gift you can give to anyone especially yourself.

What things have you learned in life?


  • Maria Carmen Wellington

    2nd April 2017 at 10:36 AM

    Sooo True! “Life isn’t fair.” “Grass isn’t always greener on the other side.” I have learned these lessons fast! Just because they have a good life on that side doesn’t mean it’s meant for me. What is good for them may not be good for me. Thus, “Success may not always be the best thing for you.” Life teaches us to be humble. I also have to agree with you on forgiveness. Forgiveness also means freedom. These are great lessons. Great post. Thank you for sharing.

  • Linda (Circle of Daydreams)

    2nd April 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Oh yes… number 5. I know the facade I had to put on for many years for various reasons. You never know what trauma someone may be going through and yet having to turn up day after day pretending things are okay. A great list!!

  • Ruth Daly

    2nd April 2017 at 3:24 PM

    #25 – so true but so difficult to do sometimes!

  • The Indecisive Eejit

    2nd April 2017 at 6:56 PM

    16 and 19 are two of my biggest drawbacks. I’m currently a work in progress, it’s slow, but I’m getting there 🙂

  • RachelSwirl

    2nd April 2017 at 10:35 PM

    I wish I’d been given this list at about 11 years old… So much I could have avoided!

  • Gabe

    3rd April 2017 at 2:53 AM

    “Knowing your own mind can be one of the hardest things” Part of me feels like this should be in bold and at least double the font…

  • Jasmin N

    5th June 2017 at 2:40 PM

    Oh I agree with all of these! Especially with the fact that there are people I won’t like & there are people who doesn’t like me 🙂 then it’s just important to learn to get along with them, if they’re ones you can’t avoid,

  • Lyndsay-Rose

    5th June 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Not to spend too much time worrying about the what ifs and maybe.

  • Deborah Nicholas

    5th June 2017 at 2:43 PM

    oh gosh yes yes and yes to lots of these! Life isnt fair and you need to learn to say no more often too – i have only just learned to say no and to be honest im loving it! lol

  • mandy

    5th June 2017 at 7:23 PM

    I am sure we can all relate to most of those from the list esp the grass isn’t greener over the other side!

  • Lindsey London Mumma

    5th June 2017 at 10:38 PM

    I love point 22! It’s taken me 32 years to figure that out. You must be able to grow from life experiences.

  • Everything Mummy

    6th June 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Love this I wrote a post so similar recently on my 25th birthday! So nice to reflect and think about what you have learnt over the years

  • Mel | The Wandering Darlings

    11th June 2017 at 10:08 AM

    These are so good! And something we need to remind ourselves about. I especially like number 25

  • Mel | The Wandering Darlings

    11th June 2017 at 10:08 AM

    These are so good! And something we need to remind ourselves about. I especially like number 25. Such a fab post

  • Suz

    11th June 2017 at 10:53 AM

    Enjoyed reading this post as it made me stop and think. Yes all good pointers I hope to keep doing or start doing 🙂

  • Lutheranliar

    11th June 2017 at 12:58 PM

    I’ve learned to like and share posts (!)

  • Fancy

    11th June 2017 at 1:20 PM

    Letting things go and simplicity. I learned those recently xx #SundayBlogShare

  • Angela Noel

    11th June 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Hi! I’m learning new things all the time! One of the lessons I’ve particularly taken to heart in the last five years is “show up.” Show up to life, just exactly as I am. Show up for others, say yes to parties and dance recitals and mean it. Say no and mean it, too. Show up and don’t be afraid of what may come, trust yourself and the process.

    Thank you for the post-and for the opportunity to share a little of my lessons over the years!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    11th June 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Wonderful lessons and all so so true!

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