21 lessons from 21 years

I have been alive for 21 years. Here is everything I’ve learnt so far:

  1. There is a difference between being alive and living.
  2. Appreciate whenever possible. Time has a way of taking back everything you thought you had.
  3. Alone time is usually the best time to understand yourself better.
  4. Fear is a double-edged sword. It will either cripple you or motivate you to excel. It is up to you to decide which category to fall into.
  5. Understanding the difference of perspective and perception will take you far.
  6. Death is inevitable, but how well you cope with understanding that concept will determine how vivid your life will be.
  7. The pain of regret is worse than the pain of failure.
  8. Allowing yourself to take calculated risks will open many doors for you.
  9. Believing in yourself is the most powerful tool you have against any challenge.
  10. People tend to give up without realizing how close they were to the finishing line.
  11. Being emotional does not equate to being weak.
  12. The simple act of encouragement at the right time could actually change someone’s life.
  13. Humans will never be inherently bad.
  14. Efficient education will really solve lots of shit.
  15. Listen. Listening well is a gift. The ability to hear what someone says and not filter it through your own biases is an instinctive ability similar to having a photographic memory.
  16. Empathy is one thing. But having the courage to act on your empathy is a whole new ball game by itself.
  17. Never run your mouth before considering the possible consequences. Thinking rationally before you act is a true symbol of maturity.
  18. There is no such thing as a perfect significant other half. Compromise and understanding is the key to any successful relationship.
  19. Maturity is not determined by age. While respect should be earned and never demanded.
  20. You can never change your past but you are more than capable to make your present and future better.
  21. Finding your passion early and sticking to it will be one of the most important advantages you can gain before you are 21
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