Turning a quarter of a century tomorrow, you could say I’m excited to say the least. In 24 years of life, I know I’ve learned a not, but not quite as much in comparison to what I have yet to experience. I’ve traveled with friends, accomplished some of my long term goals and dreams, but as I grow older, that list continues to get more defined and I am beginning to really understand what I want out of life. In my 24 years of life, I’ve learned 7 main points that I live by & they are below. Take them with a grain of salt, or read them thoroughly. Either way, the 7 things below have helped me become who I am today.
7 things I’ve learned throughout 24 years of life
1. I’ve learned to listen
I’m a talker. I like to talk about anything and everything to literally everyone. I make friends everywhere- in the grocery store, in target parking lots- everywhere. One thing I’ve learned over the years is to listen. Everyone has a story & has experienced at least one thing you yourself have not. Listening to others can expose you to ideas and concepts you’ve never personally experienced.
2. I’ve learned to chill.
I come from a long line of over-analyzers. I’m never content with a situation unless I’ve thought things through and know every little deal & I don’t like being left out of the dark in anything (needless to say I’m not a fan of surprises). In 24 years of live, I’ve learned to chill. Everything always works out how it’s supposed to and everything happens for a reason. Relaxing and allowing things to happen how they are supposed to not only keeps a person less stressed, but also allows for more time spent on other things, such as shopping for fab shoes on weekly basis!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future & hope.”- Jeremiah 29:11
3. I’ve learned to surround myself with positive people
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that true quality friends are hard to come by. I’ve learned to surround myself around positive people- people who want the same things in life that I want for myself. The phrase “you become who you are around the most” is something that I’ve seen with my own eyes, both good and bad, through old and new friends. Surrounding yourself around people who push you to work hard for what you want on a daily basis is a concept I hold onto very closely. I have friends that have their own businesses & companies, friends that have written books, as well as other amazing things. Being around people like this on a continuous basis helps to keep myself focused and on the right track. My circle of friends keep me always looking straight ahead as to what I’m going to achieve next.
4. I’ve learned to be humble
Not everyones journey in life is the same, and no two paths are identical. I’ve learned to not only be humble and thankful for the life that I’ve been blessed with, but also to be thankful for all of the life experiences that I have had, both positive and negative. Life is a roller coaster, to say the least, but persons own personal ride was created just for them so that they have a unique story to tell at the end of the day.
5. I’ve learned to pray
I pray about anything. If the weather looks crazy on the news, I pray. If I’m having a financial burden, I pray. I’ve learned to pray about anything & everything & I can say I’ve never prayed about anything & it hasn’t been taken care of. Praying about my problems and things that I wish would change has been probably the greatest, most valuable thing I’ve learned in 24 years of life. Praying is your communication line to God & without maintaining that, this world is a scary place.
“Look to the Lord & his strength; seek his face always.”- 1 Chronicles 16:11
6. I’ve learned that timing is everything
Not too long ago, the concept of time used to irritate me. I wanted things always be on my time, done when I needed them to be done & how. I’ve learned that God’s time is ALWAYS better than ours. Regardless of our grand plan in our life that we think we have figured out, his is always better. Whenever I think of the concept of time, I always think of the word preparation. Sometimes things seem to be going not at the right “speed” that we wish, or something we want to happen isen’t happenig fast enough, when in reality- things are happening just how they’re supposed to, God is just preparing us for our blessings.
7. I’ve learned that you are your key to happiness
No one can make you happier than you! No one knows the desires of your heart better than yourselves & no one has power over how you view yourself. Many time, people ask me why I’m always happen. It’s seldom I have a frown on my face, or get upset about something. Being happy is a personal choice, one that I choose to make every day. I am never sad about my past or about past experiences because I know who holds my future. You can read more about this, here.