26 Life Lessons Iโ€™ve Learnt in 26 Years

Hello lovelies! ๐Ÿ’—

Recently, I have spent time reflecting on the different lessons I’ve learnt from the past few years. Life is long and you may already be familiar with some of these lessons, however, I hope that you find them encouraging and relatable to your personal growth.

  1. Don’t be afraid toย try something newย because you never know where it could lead to.
  2. Writeย things down i.e. memories, goals, and ideas.
  3. Readย whatever you can get your hands on.
  4. Do notย believe everything you are told or read online and find reputable secondary sources. This is especially on social media platforms and copy and pasted messages.
  5. Back-upย your writing in multiple places.
  6. You are inย full controlย of your reactions and responses.
  7. Walksย as short as 20 minutes can have an impact on your frame of mind.
  8. People canย changeย for the better or the worse.
  9. Expressย gratitudeย every day, this could be for the roof over your head, the people in your life, or your favourite TV show on Netflix.
  10. Eatย your dinner at least three hours before going to bed.
  11. Actionsย speak louder than words.
  12. Do notย make a promise when you are happy. I’ve made the mistake of believing people who made a promise in the hype of a moment but repeatedly failed to keep their word.
  13. Makeย daily to-do lists. It will increase your productivity and motivation as well as improve your memory which is beneficial for both your professional and personal life.
  14. If something doesn’t feel right,ย don’t do it.
  15. Never be ashamed to ask forย help.
  16. Good creditย makes life a little bit easier. For example, you will have more negotiating power when applying for credit cards and loans (lower interest rates).
  17. Lifeย doesn’t always go how you planned.
  18. Acts ofย kindnessย are never forgotten.
  19. Treasureย your loved ones. This could be your family, friends, partner, colleagues – those that treat you with respect and honesty.
  20. Every achievement is a blessing soย celebrateย them all.
  21. Takeย responsibilityย for your vices.
  22. Patienceย is key and usually pays off in the end.
  23. People will normally take those that are closest to them forย granted.
  24. Say “No” to unpaid work such as non-paid internships. It’s irrelevant if you’re from a rich or poor background or if the employers are from Walt Disney, any and all kinds of workย shouldย be compensated. If you’re worth the employment, you should be worth the paycheck.
  25. If yourย bestย isn’t enough, then part ways.
  26. Never let one day go without saying “I love you” (including to yourself).

Thank you for reading this post – I hope you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think of these life lessons or feel free to leave your own in the comment section below ๐Ÿ˜Š


73 thoughts on “26 Life Lessons Iโ€™ve Learnt in 26 Years

  1. Wonderful advice there ๐Ÿ’ฏ would like to share another point based on a recent conversation I had with a friend.

    That is, we should always try to lift others and celebrate their success. Donโ€™t get jealous of them because you will never know the struggles they have faced to get there. So, feel happy for others wholeheartedly and you will attract positivity to your own life. If not, when it is our time to shine, no one will be there to celebrate with us.

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting on this post, Abirami ๐Ÿค— I’m touched that you think the advice shared here is helpful.

      Absolutely! That is an important lesson to always uplift others and celebrate their successes ๐Ÿ’ช When we radiate positivity and genuine happiness for others, it will be returned. Everyone’s journey is different and will reach their own achievements. Thank you for adding to this list โ™ก sounds like a wonderful conversation you shared with your friend.

      Hope everything is well with you and I look forward to reading more of your writing ๐Ÿคฉ

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      • Youโ€™re welcome! Your reflection was just little nuggets of wisdom that held so much truth.

        Aww, thanks for your encouragement! Sadly, Iโ€™ve been swamped with work and writing has taken a backseat for now. But yes, I do hope to back to it soon!

        Till then, I will look forward to reading more of your writing ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • Thank you Abirami! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I’ll be waiting with bated breath for your next writing instalment ๐Ÿ˜Š Your support is a huge motivator, cannot show my appreciation enough!

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    • Number 26 is the most important โ™ฅ Save the best for last…we need to take care and show love for ourselves. Thank you for reading and your comment, Liz ๐Ÿค— Also, I love your writing! I agree with your recent post of trusting timing and taking joy in the moment ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Good points all. Though I would add an exception to #24 – “…unless it is part of an educational program from the school in which you are enrolled and for which you will receive credit.”

    For example, I did two short-term (one week!) internships as part of one of my degrees. Both led to job opportunities – one of which I accepted.

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    • Hi Lorne! Thank you for reading this post and for adding an exception to No. 24 ๐Ÿ’ช I wholly agree with you that as part of an educational program and where the student receives credit – an unpaid internship is rewarding. That’s so great to hear that your internships during studies benefited you well and led to job opportunities ๐Ÿคฉ

      I appreciate you sharing your experience and in full honesty, I would have liked to do a placement as part of my degree during university โ™ก Thank you for your thoughtful comment, I appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. #12 hit me in the feels, spot on!

    And a footnote on number #13, make sure your daily tedious tasks, align with an ultimate objective/higher purpose that you are passionate about.

    An example, would be, I don’t just want to workout to be “healthy” that is too vague. I want to live to see my daughter go to the prom, graduate college, get married, have children of her own, etc. But I don’t just want to see this, I want to be able to keep up with them! I have a father who is basically a walking zombie due to all the heart medication he has to take. He is a shell of his former self unfortunately. I do not want this to happen to me. Therefore, this ambition, or higher purpose, will force me through the mundane. Hope that helps.

    Thanks for the post!

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    • Thank you for reading and your thoughts on this post, Joe!

      That’s a really great footnote to #13, one that I did not consider and I appreciate you adding it on ๐Ÿคฉ Your example speaks true that to be “healthy” means a lot more than just the word/implication but to be an active participant of future experiences and memories. They are all emotional occasions to look forward to, one that I’m sure your daughter is also excited to share ๐Ÿ’— My sincerest apologies to hear about your father. It is admirable that you are so motivated to prevent the same thing from happening to you and your family.

      Yes, your example has definitely helped!! Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and sharing your advice ๐Ÿค— I wish you all the best for the future.

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  4. Beautiful post, Genevieve!๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

    Every single one of those lessons is integral to living a happy, prosperous life. It was just what I needed to read, today, too. Thank you!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™

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    • Thank you Jesse! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so happy that you liked this post and found these life lesson helpful to living a happy life.

      You are a wonderful person and deserve every success that comes your way. Huge congratulations for reaching 300+ followers!!! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฅณ Thank you for reading and being so encouraging and supportive – it means so much ๐Ÿ’•


  5. These are some very insightful lessons. I particularly resonate with #12. Donโ€™t make a promise when youโ€™re happy, donโ€™t reply when your angry and donโ€™t decide when youโ€™re sad. Take some time to digest the situation before taking any action.
    Keep up the great work on your blog!

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    • Thank you so much for reading and your kind comment! ๐Ÿ’• That’s a wonderful continuation for #12! I agree with it, especially “Don’t reply when you’re angry”, as a lot can be easily said that can hurt someone in the heat of a moment but will be much harder to take back. Thank you for your encouragement and motivation, I am incredibly grateful!! โ™ก

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  6. “Life doesnโ€™t always go how you planned” – You can say that again!
    These are fantastic. Some really, really poignant ones here. I absolutely agree with how if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. We should trust our gut instinct and ourselves a little more.

    Have a lovely weekend xx

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    • Thank you for reading this post and your comment! ๐Ÿค— I’m so thrilled to hear that you like these shared life lessons and agree with them. Yes, I really believe that we need to trust our guts more, sometimes the result will be a pleasant surprise.

      Hope you have a lovely week! ๐Ÿ’• Love your latest blog post “Supporting a Loved One with a Chronic Illness” – you shared such thoughtful and considerate advice.

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  7. This is very thoughtful…โค lesson discussed and lesson learned goes hand in hand here… thanks for sharingโค๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿค—

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  8. Happy belated birthday – 26 is the best number, So many fun things I hope you have an awesome year and I can’t wait to read more hugs you are amazing I’m so glad you were born. See you in your writings

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  9. Power packed, beautiful and vital principles worth being applied in our everyday life, I canโ€™t leave without saying I love you!

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    • Hi King Bothie! Thank you for your kind words, you made me smile ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m flattered to hear that you liked these life lessons! I agree with your latest blog post that age is but a number and we can start and accomplish what we want at any age. Sending love to you too! ๐Ÿ’—โœจ

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  10. I agree with all the lessons. I can’t believe you’re 26. I thought you’re teenager.๐Ÿ˜ I’m so glad to meet you through blogging. You’re one of the nicest person I have seen in the blogosphere and your sweet comment always brings smile to my face. I wish you good luck.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’™

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    • Hi Vivian! โ™ก Thank you for reading and leaving a comment, I appreciate it ๐Ÿ˜Š I like No.9 too, it is important to express gratitude every day for our blessings, no matter how big or small. Hope you have a wonderful day!


    • Hi Stephanie! ๐Ÿ’• Thank you for reading this post and for your kindness. I’m happy to hear that it has reminded you of things to constantly tell yourself. It’s is important to take care of yourself โœจ Hope you are well and have a lovely rest of the week ๐Ÿค—

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    • Aww, thank you, my dear โค I’m glad you liked this post and agree with them. I do believe that it’s important to follow our gut instincts and to not doubt if something doesn’t feel right to do. I hope you are well and have a lovely weekend ahead ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    • Hi Nazish! Thank you so much for reading this post ๐Ÿ’— it means a lot. I’m really touched and humbled that you liked this life lessons! ๐Ÿค—โœจ I hope you are well and the week’s been treating you kindly.


  11. I liked this post a while ago, but looked at it again and read it more thoroughly and decided to comment. Great post and thank you for sharing your life lessons and offering thoughtful and sound advice. I found myself relating to alot of them and some of them I could apply in my life a little bit better after thinking about it.

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    • Hi GershonO ๐Ÿ’— I hope you are well! Thank you for reading this post and visiting again to leave a comment – I greatly appreciate your kind words and hearing your opinion on these life lessons ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™ It was a nice activity to reflect on the last 26 years and be reminded what to be grateful for and situations which made a positive impact. It is great to hear that you relate to some of these lessons, it gives me comfort to know that I’m not alone ๐Ÿค— Thank you…May 2022 bless you with great health, wealth and lots of happy memories!

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