17 Things I Learnt in 2016

  1. You can’t force anything.
  2. Never beg for someone’s love, attention, or time. These are things which only mean something if given freely and by choice.
  3. A lot of people are temporary, even people you thought you would know forever.
  4. Don’t dwell on your sorrows too much and don’t indulge in self-pity. Sometimes you just have to fake a smile, act cheerful and distract yourself. Stay strong and move on.
  5. Saying and doing nothing is sometimes the best response. I find that I rarely regret my silence, but I often regret my words.
  6. Stop trying to prove yourself to people who have decided to always see the worst in you.
  7. Be friendly and kind to everyone, but only trust and confide in a few when it comes to personal things. Honestly a lot of people aren’t trustworthy, many are filled with jealousy and ill wishes, and a lot of people will judge you.
  8. Don’t read the comments section.
  9. Procrastination seems like a tempting idea at the time, but it’s never worth it. Work hard now so you don’t suffer later!
  10. There will always be people who don’t like you and will find fault in your actions. Admit when you’re wrong, but don’t let rumours and backbiting get to you. Time always eventually exposes the truth.
  11. Always stay humble, but know your worth.
  12. Be good to your parents, they aren’t going to be here forever.
  13. Never yearn for what other people have. We only see their blessings, but if we saw the struggles they went through to get them, we wouldn’t feel so envious.
  14. Even though you might not see it at the time, Allah’s plan truly is the best. Trust in Him, put your faith in Him and never give up praying and making du’a. He’s always there even when you feel like no one else is.
  15. Don’t let bad experiences in life steal your sweetness and kindness.
  16. Protect the softness of your heart.
  17. Time is the best healer. Bad times don’t last forever. You will get over heartbreak, your wounds will heal, you will love again, you will meet better people, you will find happiness and laughter!