Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Lessons I've Learned in 2014

University really isn't for everyone. Quitting isn't always cowardly.

It's pointless to regret anything that was necessary.

There will always be bad days. Sometimes it isn't a simple matter of learning to manage your emotions; sometimes you need to allow yourself to take a time out.

Go outside at least once every day, even on the really bad days.

Sometimes things do fall into place (and other times they don't).

Cliché or not, life really is very short.

It's important to be nice to yourself. Learning to recognise and acknowledge your own strengths, assets and talents is both healthy and necessary, if difficult.

People can be really crappy. Stop making excuses for others: if they treat you like anything less than you deserve, cut them out. Detox.

On the other hand, people can be really great. Hold on to them. (NB. Six months without seeing one of your very best friends is hard. And stupid.)

Compliment people.

Don't let your opinion of a person be dictated by someone else's. Form your own views.

Don't take freedom for granted.

Get enough sleep. A good night's sleep can be the difference between being able to get out of bed and not being able to get out of bed, literally.

Being most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt is fine.

Change gets easier.

Take time to be alone. Personal space is good for the soul.

Nothing beats a good book. Read more.

Pick your fights. Irritability or a bad temper gets you nowhere. Try to lead by stoic, positive example where possible, and don't berate others if their opinion differs from yours.

Take time to do what makes your soul happy.

What lessons have you learned this year?

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