Spirituality

7 Lessons You Don't Want To Learn Late In Life

1. Drop the shoulds from your life.

As a young person, you're told what you should do all the time. You should study hard. You should get good grades. You should take piano lessons. You should go to this college. You should take this job. Should should should. Because we're told what we should do all the time, we start telling ourselves what we should do to impress the should-ers.

Forget that line of thinking.

Think about what makes you happy, what kind of things will enrich your life and make it feel full. Maybe those are the things you should do.

2. Face down your fears.

Some of your fears are rational, like your fear of poisonous spiders. That's not a fear you need to conquer. That's one you should strengthen through repeated viewings of Arachnophobia. But there are fears that can hold you back. Fear of falling in love. Fear of talking to people. Fear of taking on challenges that will grow you. Conquer any fear that holds you back from something you want.

3. Take baby steps.

When you're young, it seems to make sense to take leaps at a time. It's easy to get excited about things and go all out. But sometimes it's best to let things run their course and go with the flow.

4. Make this moment matter.

This moment, this day we're living in right now, is the only promise life has to offer us. We could die tomorrow. I could have a heart attack and keel over right this exact moment. It's important to make the most of the moments we have.

5. Don't make mountains out of mole hills.

When something gets you riled up, take a deep breath and let it go. There's no need to get all upset about the little things. Handle problems as they come and forget the rest.

6. You aren't the center of the universe.

Much as you'd like to think you're the most important person, you're really not. It's important to take care of yourself, but the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

7. Invest time and energy into your community.

I've always believed that everyone does better when everyone does better. Investing time and energy into your community pays back dividends.

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