30 Lessons I Learned In My 20s

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For weeks now I’ve been struggling with the idea of turning thirty. I keep ruminating over all of my regrets, missed opportunities, and failures of the last decade. Evaluating myself against everyone else’s accomplishments, I found myself in a downward spiral. All the what-ifs were beginning to take a mental toll on me. So, I began to examine my life through the lease of gratitude for all the many blessings that I have. My twenties were extremely hard, but I learned so many lessons that I can take with me into my thirties and beyond. Here are thirty lessons I learned in my 20s:

  1. Life is a journey, not a race.
  2. I don’t owe anyone any explanations about my life and my choices.
  3. I can learn from anyone.
  4. Procrastination is self-sabotage.
  5. Every current decision has a future cost.
  6. No response is a response.
  7. Indecision is a decision.
  8. It’s perfectly fine to let people go.
  9. Patience is key.
  10. If I’m not obedient now, I will sacrifice later.
  11. Forgiveness is for me, not the person I’m forgiving.
  12. No one sees me as harshly as I see myself.
  13. Mental illness is not a character flaw.
  14. Self-care is a necessity.
  15. I must grow where I have been planted.
  16. Success is subjective.
  17. Peace is a priority.
  18. Live now. Tomorrow is not promised.
  19. Self-acceptance is the gateway to freedom.
  20. Happiness is an inside job.
  21. I am only as limited as my thinking.
  22. Hard work builds character.
  23. I must trust the process.
  24. Have a plan A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H, I, J,K,L,M…etc.
  25. It’s okay not to be okay.
  26. Asking for help is a sign of strength.
  27. My story matters.
  28. Don’t quit. Rest.
  29. Failure is a part of success.
  30. To whom much is given, much is required.- Luke 12:48