5 Lessons I’ve learned from life.

ImageKnow your limitations. 

 

It’s important to remember that you are only human. We all fuck up from time to time. We all make mistakes. The most important thing to remind yourself that it is okay to fail. It’s learning and improving from those experiences that really counts. While there is nothing wrong with striving for more and reaching beyond your means, make sure you set yourself realistic and achievable goals. Anything is possible, never stop believing that but be real. Rome wasn’t built in a day after all. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. There are plenty of people who would love to see us fail, but that is an issue with them, and has nothing to do with you. Anyone who would hold you back is not worth having around. You are amazing and special. You deserve happiness. You deserve to feel a sense of accomplishment, and it’s okay to admit that sometimes you just outgrow people. It’s a fact of life. And it’s much better to grow and improve than to stay stagnant. 

Don’t judge a book by its cover.

 

There are so many things in a person’s mind and heart. We’re all complicated internally and some of us have an easier or harder time making sense of it – whatever the reason may be. Always remember that everyone has their own unique story, a series of events over a lifetime that makes them who they are just like you. We don’t know the reasons for their struggles. While I have a great deal of belief in the human spirit, speculating on someone’s inner workings is a losing proposition.

If you really want to know what makes someone tick, ask them. It’s much better that to make assumptions. How many times have you felt unfairly judged by other people? It goes both ways people. And in my opinion the world would be a much better place if we all communicated a little more, and showed a little compassion and understanding. It’s what we all crave, so the burden is on us to lead by example. You only get out what you put in. 

Find a reason, any reason. Just don’t rest on your accomplishments. 

Any reason will do. Just don’t be complacent. Celebrate your victories. Be it every time you say no to a cigarette or some other vice, it’s a victory in itself. But do not rest on your laurels, and don’t beat yourself up if you fall. After all you’re only human. 

Do something for yourself!

Go on.. you deserve a treat. Consider it a reward for all your hard work. Whenever I feel unmotivated or wracked with depression, if I can manage to drag myself out of it and do something constructive, I celebrate the victory, even if it is a minor one. It is better to struggle and scratch and claw your way out of it than to concede and admit defeat. Sure it’s easier to just give up, but who wants things the easy way? I think anything we’re just given is not appreciated, it’s when we have to work for it that we can really appreciate that we are special and are worth all the great and wonderful things in life. 

Growth is more important than success.

I had an epiphany a while back. I’ve come to realize that without learning to communicate about how I’m feeling, and without therapy, I would have never have become who I am today. And it’s okay to talk. In fact, it’s really important to. It’s the steps you take on the journey that matter, not where you are going. It’s everything that’s happened, all the good and bad, all the love and happiness, the pain and sorrow, everything, that makes us who we are. And you have to accept that it’s happened, because there is nothing you can do to change that. No amount of drinking or drugs or sex, nothing will change what you’re trying to run from. You can only move on and become stronger once you’re able to accept that is has happened. And while you might not have deserved it, it’s another of lifes lessons. The me from 5 years ago would have done things differently now, and that’s the point. As people it’s important to learn and strive, to grow and transform. The only thing we ever really learn from is our mistakes, and those rare souls in our lives who make an impact. People come and go, and it’s in our memories that we can truly live forever. 

I love you all, and keep on keeping on. Don’t be afraid to lean on someone if you need a hand, but do not underestimate your own capabilities. You are strong, and anything is possible. You just have to believe.

I believe in you. 

❤ Adam.

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