There are some things I learned later on in my life that honestly, I would have much rather preferred a “heads up” about. However, I figure I can go ahead and "hack" the cycle by doing some of the sharing myself :) Here are 5 of them:
1. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein. There are only a few things more painful than working and fighting so hard to succeed in the wrong lane. Cheers to having the courage to be fishes that decide to swim in the ocean rather than keep attempting to climb the monkey trees...greatness awaits :)
2. "You can only give what you are filled up with." If you are filled with joy, you will spread joy to others. If you are filled with misery, you will spread misery to others. It’s as simple and short as that. Regular self-reflection is advisable.
3. "There is poetry in failure and rejection." They are proof of effort and work towards a desired goal. How unfortunate that many times we take away bitterness and shame from the experiences. They are meant to be embraced more as friendly teachers rather than scary enemies.
4. "Just because a cause is worthy, doesn’t mean you are the one called to champion it." I believe every worthy cause has someone called to it. I also believe that not every cause is meant for everyone. Discover that which ignites your spirit and run with it.
5. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain. The amount of peace you will experience in this life is directly linked to the amount of forgiveness you are willing to dispense to those that “crush” you (including yourself at times). And truth be told, most people do not experience the joy of peace because in this world we live in, with the level of crushing taking place, having peace requires the daily choice of forgiveness.
There they are - 5 things I wish "they" had told me. Any other ones you wish you'd been told earlier?
I'd love to know.