22 Things I’ve Learned In 22 Years

Since today is my twenty-second birthday, I decided to take some time out to reflect on what I’ve learned so far in life. Sounds cheesy, I know – but I’ve been trying to practice mindfulness, focus on gratefulness, and taking time out to reflect on and appreciate what I’ve experienced and learned. After all, aren’t you supposed to learn from your life experiences? And there’s no better time to reflect on this stuff than on your birthday. Anyways, here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. If you work hard for what you want in life, you’ll be able to achieve whatever goals you set.
  2. Shit happens, whether you want it to or not.
  3. There will be petty, mean, and passive aggressive people who will try to ruin your life because they feel insecure about themselves. Don’t let it get to you, and just keep trying to be the better person, even if it’s the difficult thing to do.
  4. Don’t get hung up if other people don’t like you. They are entitled to their own opinions and decisions just like you are, and it’s for the best if you don’t keep pursuing a relationship if the other person doesn’t want to or feel comfortable with it.
  5. Sometimes friends drift apart or fall out with each other, and that’s perfectly okay – not every friendship is meant to last a lifetime.
  6. Rejection and heartbreak happen, and while they aren’t the best situations to experience, they make you a better and stronger person.
  7. Getting rejected from a job or an internship isn’t the end of the world. If it’s really something that you want as a part of your career path, figure out ways to work towards getting it in the future while working on improving your resume.
  8. Just because you’re having a rough day or week, you don’t have a free pass for being mean or cruel to other people.
  9. No matter what’s going on in your personal life, it doesn’t hurt to be kind to other people – they might be having just as hard of a time as you are, and they might need a shoulder to lean on, or even something as small as a smile and someone to hold the door open to brighten up their day.
  10. It is okay to take time out for yourself and have some alone time for when things are difficult. Being alone and emotionally and mentally recharging before socializing with other people is not something to feel ashamed of. Sometimes it’s necessary for a lot of people to do that.
  11. Having a good routine and good time management makes the weight of the world feel slightly less heavy. The more you’re able to manage when you complete tasks and go about your normal day helps to ease the stress and anxiety of everyday life, and it can even help you reduce procrastination and increase the quality of your work.
  12. Try to be as on time as possible. It might be hard as first, but after a while getting into the habit of being on time makes a world of a difference.
  13. Eat healthy. Comfort eating chocolate chip cookies is great, but eating healthy can help lower stress levels and it’ll actually end up making you feel better.
  14. Spend some time outside and appreciate the natural beauty of the world.
  15. Drink some water and practice some self-care each day. Even if it’s only for 5-10 minutes a day at first, it really goes a long way.
  16. Grief and dealing with the loss of a loved one is terrible to deal with, but you’re not alone – it might feel like you are more often than not, but friends, coworkers, and acquaintances more often than not want to help you out with what you’re going through and although they unfortunately might not be able to fully understand what you’re going through, they truly want to help and are there to support you.
  17. The same goes for other tough times and difficult mental health issues.
  18. You won’t always be the victim of difficult situations or situations that aren’t going the way that you want them to, and that’s okay.
  19. Sometimes you’ll be the bad guy in a situation and on the wrong side of an argument, and again – that’s okay. You’re human. Humans are wrong, make mistakes, and sometimes end up hurting other people. No one goes through life being right all the time and never making a mistake or hurting someone else. What’s important is that you learn from the experience and try to work on and improve yourself so that it either never happens again or it becomes a minor inconvenience when it does happen again.
  20. Try not to focus on the bad experiences in life, and remember to be grateful for the good experiences in life.
  21. Don’t be afraid to express what you’re feeling, and always tell people when you appreciate them and love them.
  22. Call your parents (and/or other parental figures and/or family members) whenever you have time.

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As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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  1. I have a 25 Things I Learned in 25 Years post up too! I love reading these because you can kind of see people’s journey throughout their life.

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