Indeed experience is the best teacher, and life is a series of lessons. Some lessons come through observation and others are learnt from personal encounters. Regardless of how the lessons come, it’s important that we learn, grow and move on.
Throughout my interactions with people from diverse backgrounds, I have learnt that no matter what comes my way, there are things I should never lose sight of.
1. Your core values and belief system.
Never lose sight of the values you hold dear as an individual because they make you who you are.
2. The uniqueness of your journey.
Life is a journey and we all have our own path. Some people’s paths are smooth, easy and rosy, while other people’s are thorny, rough and tough. That’s fine, I believe that in creating us and carving our individual paths, God equipped us for the terrain we would tread through.
Don’t let anyone impose their blueprint of how life should be on you. Don’t compare your life with anyone’s.
Walk your course and let others chart their own path too.
3. Your experiences and lessons learnt over the years.
You are a curation of experiences and valuable lessons. You came from somewhere, you didn’t just happen on planet Earth.
Throughout your life, however long it’s been, you have made some mistakes and learnt from them. You have also probably made some discoveries and learnt how to do things better. You have attained wisdom over time, which you apply to your current life. Never undervalue your wisdom.
In the same vein, be very wary of people who walk into your life and think they can teach you how to live. That, to me, reveals a degree of narcissism and arrogance that devalues who you are and the lessons and experience you’ve collected throughout your life. It assumes foolishness on your part and wisdom on the part of the other without accommodating the middle ground of difference. You probably have different backgrounds, exposure and experiences. This doesn’t mean that one is more superior to the other, it just means they are different. Don’t let anyone downplay yours.
4. Your life purpose.
We were all born for a reason, which is usually tied to what we’re most passionate about. Unless we acknowledge this, establish our reason for living and work towards fulfilling that purpose, we will always feel empty and unfulfilled. Find your life purpose and use your gifts, talents, skills, experience and energy to fulfill it.
As you go through the journey of life, there’ll be lots of distractions, detours and dead ends.
Prod on and stay focused on achieving your primary goal.
5. Your future.
“Learn from the past, live in the present and plan for the future,” Audrey Farrell.
Some people are stuck in the past and neglect both the present and future. Others are caught up in the future and neglect the present. Have some balance. Indeed remember and learn from the past, but enjoy your life now and prepare for the future.
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