I want to share with you the 27 things I’ve learned in 27 years.
1. Done is better than perfect.
Most of the time, I am afraid to try new things because I am afraid that it will not be perfect. And I realize that perfection doesn’t exist. It is unattainable.
So whatever you want to do, no matter how bad it will be, just do it.
You will eventually learn how to make it better along the way.
2. Little things matter the most.
I learned to treasure little things that make me happy. Whether it is a good cup of chocolate drink, the smell of the ocean, the picturesque sunset.
I also learned to treasure the simple things my loved ones do consistently.
3. Choose your circle wisely.
Be part of a community that fuels your passion. Be surrounded by people who give you so much energy and love, people who push you to be better, and people you want to learn from.
I learned that my environment affects my life so much more than I imagined. It is always good to keep a small circle of true friends who supports you 100% and at the same time slap you in the face if you did something horrible.
4. Treasure moments as much as you could.
I realized that it is nice to go back to old precious memories from time to time, especially if you are having a hard time in your life.
I’ve been documenting all of the things I’ve been doing in my life since I got my first digital camera, and to tell you honestly, I wish I have documented more.
You can document it digitally, print it, make a scrapbook, or just write it! Hence…..
5. Journaling is very helpful more than you think it is.
I’ve been journaling since 2010 and I can’t imagine my life without it. I’ve been writing the highlights of my day, my thoughts, and even sharing it with you here on the blog.
Journaling is such a therapeutic activity that makes me think more about the things I want in life. It also helps me know myself better.
6. Dare to dream big.
No matter how cliche it may sound, dream big.
And always believe that dreams do come true!
7. Say yes to adventure always.
Getting out of your comfort zone is always an adventure. Even it makes you uncomfortable, go for it.
Adventures make you try things you have never done before. It helps you open up to new perspectives in life.
8. Prioritize important things.
Prioritize your passion. Prioritize things that add value to your life. We got the same number of hours and prioritizing what is important helps us get to the place we want.
It also helps us choose our battles wisely. Remember, don’t sweat the small stuff.
I also learned that saying no is okay!
9. Read more books.
I am not a bookworm and I am still in the process of building a good reading habit.
Let’s read more books people! 🙂
10. Pay yourself first.
Reward yourself for doing a good job by saving!
I learned to save more for my future self and it helps me feel good about the things I work hard for. And to tell you honestly, saving money makes me less anxious. Hahaha.
11. Sometimes, you only have one chance to grab.
Opportunities come and go, and most of the time, they only cross your path once. Always grab a good opportunity on your way.
No matter what the outcome will be, you will always have something to learn from it.
12. When in doubt, it is always a no.
Follow your instinct. Listen to your inner voice. When you are in doubt and you are not 100% sure about your decision. Then, you should say no.
13. Rest is also a productive activity.
Taking a break, recharging your energy, and pausing are good for your body and mental health.
I use to think, the more work I do, the more productive I am. I learned to step back and pause in order for me to make a better job on things that my energy and time need the most.
14. Focus on things you can control.
Focus on things you have control over such as your decisions, your actions, your words, your emotions, your thoughts.
This way, you will not dwell on things that are out of your hand. Taking control means you can make things happen.
15. Always be open to new ideas.
Be open-minded. Ideas come everywhere. Listen to people, observe your surroundings, and be inspired by simple things.
16. Peace of mind is important.
Finding peace can lead to a happier life.
Everyone achieves peace of mind differently, so it is important to find out how you can reduce stress and help you find peace of mind.
17. Ask lots of questions.
Do not be afraid to ask questions.
18. No one cares so always do what you love.
Sometimes, we are afraid to do the things we love because we are afraid of what other people may say. The truth is, no one cares.
Everyone is occupied with their own shit so no one really cares about what you do.
19. Learn from this quote “start where you are, Use what you have, do what you can”
This quote taught me so much about starting somewhere small, how to be resourceful, and the importance of taking the first step.
20. You can learn anything you want.
We can get any resources we want just by simply typing on our phone.
Do you want to learn to trade? Read books, watch youtube videos, ask google.
Use the internet to your advantage!
We can always learn anything we want as long as we put effort into it.
21. Think like a child. Be curious.
Thinking like a child can open you up to more possibilities.
We should always be curious about the world and we should create healthy interactions (play if you want to play), and let our imagination be unrestrained by rules.
22. Quality over quantity.
Invest in things that will last you for years.
Plus, it will help you save money.
23. Travel as much as you can.
Explore new places. Get lost. Go solo travel. Volunteer.
Invest in experiences.
To tell you honestly, I wish I traveled more before the pandemic. I am not sure what travel will be like after.
My travel memories keep on playing in my head during the quarantine. Those memories make me happy.
24. Communication is key.
Be honest about what you feel, about what you want, about what you think.
Remember that it is okay to be vulnerable.
Also, please listen. Communications is a two-way street and you need to listen as well to be heard.
25. Spend time with your family and friends.
This pandemic really made me realize how important it is to be with your family in these uncertain times.
As much as you can spend time with the people you love the most.
26. Be yourself.
Put a lot of effort into knowing who you are. Learn to know your core values, your passion, and your dreams. The things that make you angry, and make you sad.
Learning who you are will help you be yourself no matter what situation you are in.
Being yourself helps you give confidence in everything you do.
27. It’s okay if you haven’t figured things out yet.
I learned that no matter how old we get, no one really figured life out.
So just take one step at a time, and enjoy the journey of life.