Life is a cycle, a very unpredictable cycle. Throughout our lifetime, we experience ups and downs that live us with a lesson learned or an experience gained. That is why with age comes wisdom. The older a person is, the higher the level of life lessons and experience.
Some people say that watching others or reading books can give life lessons. It is true in some cases, but we can all attest that lessons from practical or theoretical experiences hit harder. This is why as we grow older, we live for the lessons and experiences that we have encountered in our lives.
Despite the difference in our life experiences and lessons, below are some important life lessons we should all live for.
- Take your own path
Your dream was to be a musician, but due to peer pressure and a strict dad who believed music is a waste of time, you ended up being a rich but unhappy accountant. For some of us, we followed our role models and let their goals and dreams determine our paths.
It is never too late to follow our paths, and it only takes that one first step to the path of inner peace. Our true paths might be a left or a right turn at a junction on our current or past paths or a complete U-turn and several steps back. Whichever the case, following your own path will come with fulfillment and success.
- Experience what you have learned
People say that experience is the best teacher. No matter how many books you read or the theory lessons you take, you will only understand better when you practice what you have learned. This is why employers look for experienced employees. In the same way, if you read a book on how to stay fit, go out and experience what you read.
- Good things don’t come easy
As you decide to take your own path, remember life is unpredictable. It will not always be a smooth path. Be patient, work hard, and have faith that despite the rough patches the destination is heavenly.
- Take care of your health
At a younger age, we feel energetic and healthy, and we rarely consider healthy habits. As we grow older, it becomes apparent that health is a very critical factor in life. If you have been living an unhealthy lifestyle, throw away that pack of cigarettes and start taking care of your health.
- Live and enjoy every moment in life
Life can end in a blink of an eye. You might also think that you still have a lot of years ahead, but before you know it, you are eighty years old and no longer as energetic as you were.
Live every moment to its full extent because no one knows what tomorrow holds. Spend time with your family and friends and experience every moment in life with an open heart.
- Live your life and let others live
Sometimes we drain our energy trying to help others; and at times, the coin flips, and we end up on the receiving end of backlash when we are just trying to help. Help those who welcome your assistance and leave those who don’t seek it. Take some time to live your life too.
Remember these are not rules but advice for a happier life. Each one of us knows what’s best for us, and this is what determines how we live our lives. Remember, what is best for you might not work for another person. How you live your life determines how your life will be.