The 5 Most Liberating Realizations In Life

The 5 Most Liberating Realizations In Life

Take a deep breath, and just keep going.
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We all have those days or even weeks where things don't seem to go our way. Although those times really do suck, you will get through it. Whether it's struggles in school, friendships, or relationships, sometimes we forget to take a second to breathe and think things through. While some situations can be very consuming, there are certain realizations that I have had to help me move forward.

1. When you decide to stop caring about someone who doesn't care about you.

Nothing is more emotionally draining than trying time and time again to keep something going with someone who isn't willing to lift a finger for you. No matter if it is a friend or a significant other, it's not fair when you're the only one putting in the time and energy. While it sucks to have to let someone you care about go, sometimes it's for the best to stop waiting around. I've learned over the years that you cannot make someone care more than they do, so when in these situations, sometimes you just have to let go and do your own thing. They might even miss you when you're gone...

2. When you realize you are fully capable of succeeding if you put forth the work.

Stop waiting around for things to happen. No one is going to get that 4.0 for you, except you. Sometimes during stressful periods of life, it's easy to quit and feel sorry for yourself. We're all guilty of that. However, one of the most amazing feelings is deciding that you are totally capable of being great. Finding discipline at first can be tricky, but feeling like you're succeeding in either school or work, can be one of the most rewarding feelings that no one can take away.

3. When you accept a situation for what it is and just move on.

As Hannah Montanna once said, "Everybody has those days, everybody makes mistakes!" and that couldn't be more true. While it sounds cheesy, realizing that you do make mistakes and that you are human, is another liberating feeling. If someone isn't willing to forgive you or admit they were in the wrong, they aren't worth your time anymore. One of the hardest things in life is when you feel like you don't have any control over a situation. The only thing you can control though is your life and what you choose to do with it. Life's too short and the world has too many amazing people to spend too much time trying to fix something that doesn't want to be fixed.

4. When you realize it's okay to put yourself first sometimes.

Throughout my life, I've naturally tended to put others and their well-being before my own. This has honestly hurt me at times because I expect people to do the same, but some people aren't like that, and that's okay. While no one really wants to be around someone who is only thinking of themselves, it is important to know that it is okay to sometimes put your well-being at the top of your priority list.

5. When you realize that it’s okay, to not always be okay.

I'll emphasize this again; we are all human! And life isn't perfect. It's not supposed to be rainbows and butterflies all the time. No one likes being upset obviously, but taking a crappy time for what it is and just taking some time to be sad or upset or even angry, is okay. You're allowed to feel these things and admit you aren't okay. You learn to appreciate the sun after a storm, you know? Happiness wouldn't be a thing if it's all we ever felt.

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Self reflection is an important part of growing up. It is important to sit back and think about who you are and who you strive to be. I think that dwelling on the past too much can be extremely harmful, but that a little bit of reflecting on your past can be great.

Think about it, every choice you have made in your life so far has led to where you are now. Every single choice, no matter how small it may have seemed, has had a major impact on your entire life. The choices we make definitely change the path that we take.

Most likely, every friend you made changed your outlook something. Every place you went to will remain in your memories. Maybe you experienced something because of certain choices that led you to learn a valuable lesson.

Maybe those dreadful things of your past needed to happen to allow you to grow. No one deserves to hurt, but sometimes hurting then healing can be replenishing.

I think we should value our lives because they are so unique. No one on this earth will have had the same experiences you have. Even if someone was following you around 27/4 or was literally joined at the hip with you, they would not have the same life as you, because their thoughts would be different from yours and their perspective would be different as well.

You will never get the same day twice, so it is important to make every day the best you can make it. Try to laugh in stressful situations. Try to breathe when there seems to be no air left for you. It is vital to keep moving forward. If you look back, you'll trip on everything in front of you. Do not look into your past and examine your mistakes negatively. We grow from mistakes. We live and we learn. Use those mistakes as a study guide to become a better you. Use your past to your advantage and try to give yourself a better future.

It is important to know that life is a roller-coaster with twist and turns, peaks, and sudden drops that will make you feel sick to your stomach and scared for what's waiting at the bottom. But if you fear life, you will never enjoy the fun parts.

Look back and examine yourself but don't write a novel about your mistakes. Move past them and live a better life. Spread love, be kind, and be grateful for what you have overcome. Those hurdles you went through have only made you stronger.

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