20 things I’ve learned in 20 years

I thought I’d have a little fun and try to summarize some of the important things I’ve learned in life over these twenty years. Although I probably won’t hit everything, obviously, because there’s so much to learn even in just day to day things, but I’ll try my best! Feel free to comment your own life findings

  1. Nothing ever works when there’s a lack of communication.
  2. I don’t know about fiction, but in reality, being honest is the best way to go.
  3. If you never move forward, you will stay in the same place.
  4. There are two sides of the world, the one that is mathematical and calculated, the other is artistic and mysterious. True beauty is when both come together.
  5. Things will happen, things will change. Learn to embrace the new, but never forget the old.
  6. When meeting people, don’t only approach the situation expecting your friend to give you a good time. Don’t just be on the receiving end.  You also have to be willing to give or else the relationship will feel empty.
  7. Take note of the recommendations people tell you. If you see them again, they will ask you. If you didn’t do it, you’ve lost an enjoyable conversation.
  8. Don’t make excuses. No one wants to hear them, whether they’re true or not.
  9. Love your parents and friends if they treat you well. If they haven’t, at least respect the fact they’ve probably gone through as much shit as you.
  10. Anything can be a good thing or a bad thing, it’s just a matter of where you look with the kaleidoscope.
  11. Don’t expect what happens in fiction to happen to you. That’s like expecting yourself to step into a painting. It’s artful representation, not actual reality.
  12. However! Just because something isn’t real, doesn’t mean that its value is discounted. All stories/fiction with heart have value.
  13. Growing up doesn’t mean you have to throw away your inner child. It just means being able to know which situations need your inner child, and which ones need the outer adult.
  14. Success isn’t easy. School might have been easy at one point, but the real world isn’t your high school gym class. You need real effort.
  15. For kids in school who don’t feel like they fit in: don’t worry, the farther up the school ladder you go, the wider range of strange there is. By the time you’re in college, you’ll be the interesting person who finds all of the right people.
  16. Be careful who you choose to make friends with. Search for the ones who want to help you grow and want to see you mature into the best person you can possibly be.
  17. Take a philosophy class so you can learn how to think on your own and be able to argue without becoming defensive.
  18. Yelling never works. It only ends up with both sides hostile towards one another, and any bits of intellectual gold is ignored.
  19. Don’t go closing doors until you’re absolutely certain you can’t go that way.
  20. Don’t worry about things that don’t need to be worried about. The most interesting people, most of the time, still have no idea where they’re going in life, and follow their heart. Keep to the present and do whatever you can. That’s all one can do. That’s what keeps us humble.
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