20 Things I've Learned In 20 years
Start writing a post
Student Life

20 Things I've Learned In 20 Years

Here are some of the hardest pills I've had to swallow over the years and some of the most beautiful reminders I now carry with me.

208
20 Things I've Learned In 20 Years
Ashley Goyette

For two decades I have lived through many mistakes, accomplishments, goals, trials, and errors to get me to where I am today. As my 20th birthday is approaching, I decided to reflect back on some of the trivial times in my life and the lessons I have taken away from them. I wrote out an entire list of some of the hardest pills I've had to swallow and some of the most beautiful reminders I now carry with me.


1. This time next year, life will be completely different.

https://unsplash.com/photos/D0tD6n3Ao8E

Every year that I look back, nothing matches up. I am always in a different place mentally, physically, and emotionally. This is a reminder to keep pushing and work towards the next year that I want to have.

2. There is way more than meets the eye.

I have learned to live by the saying, "trust none of what you hear, only 50% of what you see, and 100% of what you feel". Not everything is as it seems, as perception is everything. This reminds me there is no need to jump to immediate conclusions in anything.

3. Live each moment presently.

unsplash.com

How often are we truly experiencing something? Without the phones, without texting somebody who isn't apart of the moment, taking away from our own attention. No matter how small or uneventful something may seem, you will never get that exact moment back. So live presently, be aware, be there.

4. Even family can disappoint you. 

This was a harder lesson to learn. But not always is blood thicker than water. Family is who you're connected to biologically, but it is okay not to see eye to eye and sometimes not even get along with your family.

5. Positive thoughts produce positive action

If you think positively, positive things will happen, positive people will flock to you, and more opportunities will arise. Positivity is everything.

6. Some people need you more than you may need them.

Some people come into your life not because you need them, but maybe they need you. This is okay, just as sometimes you will need somebody more than they may need you. Be there for them.

7. It is better to understand than to know, and to listen than to hear.

https://pixabay.com/en/audience-relevant-content-t...

To understand in any situation is better than to know it. Just the same as listening vs hearing. You can hear anybody talk, but to listen, and take in the information for what it is, is a whole other talent in itself.

8. Dedication > Motivation. 

https://pixabay.com/en/blue-motivation-neon-lights...

Just as I wrote before, motivation comes and goes, dedication gets the job done.

9. Spending all your time trying to fit in, only wastes time you could be being you.

I spent too many years trying to be like my friends that I looked up to, or the popular kids that everybody seemed to like growing up. This only made me feel lost and exhausted me. It wasn't until I started being unapologetically me, that I found true friends and passions in life.

10. You can't control others. 

No matter how much you try to control somebody, you will never be able to. At the end of the day, a person is going to do what they want to do. No matter what it is. The only power you have is how you choose to react to it.

11. Taking time for yourself is a must. 

https://pixabay.com/en/hammock-woman-female-relax-...

It's always nice to be surrounded by people you love, but if you can't find happiness within your own company, you put your peace in others. Taking at least 15 minutes a day to yourself completely alone, doing what you want/ need to do increases your mental health more than you could imagine.

12. What's done in the dark always comes to light.

I probably think about this one the most. It is a reminder not to stress about things happening, as it'll all come out in the end. So control the controllable and cross bridges upon arrival.

13. If you want something, go get it.

https://unsplash.com/photos/IhsaTDKzdwg

Often times the only thing holding you back from the things you want in life, is you. That's it, just you.

14. Let go when you're no longer benefitting.

https://unsplash.com/photos/Vs_zkj1sEHc

This one was especially hard. But learning to let go when something is no longer positively contributing to my life has saved me so much wasted time and energy feeling stuck in situations I didn't need.

15. It is better to ignore, than engage in negativity. 

Do you know how much emotional energy is used just to argue with somebody? How much it impacts you when you partake in negative actions? A lot. A wise man once said, you can't fight fire with fire. Calmness creates peace.

16. Love wholeheartedly.

https://unsplash.com/photos/tU_fcRUkljQ

What do you lose from loving with everything you have? I recently read, "nobody on their death bed has ever said they wished they had loved less".

17. Not everyone is going to treat you as you treat them.

It doesn't matter what you do for somebody, they still might not appreciate/ reciprocate any of your same efforts. That shouldn't change how you choose to treat others, remain genuine.

18. What you put in your body matters.

https://unsplash.com/photos/jUPOXXRNdcA

Through everything I've learned about health and nutrition, I noticeably changed my entire life for the better. There's a famous quote, "the food you eat can either be the best form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison", and this could not be more true.

19. The way a person treats you when they're mad at you, says a lot about how they feel about you. 

This one was another hard one to understand. It is so easy to write off explosive behaviors as just a reaction to being angry, but a person who truly cares about you, will not put you in a position to purposely hurt you. These are the facts. "I only said that because I was mad", is no longer a valid excuse.

20. Everyday is just another step in your journey. 

This final step ties into a lot of the other ones, it is simply another reminder that it's all apart of the process. This can apply to your goals or life in general. Some days are better than others and some just feel like a complete setback. But they're all headed somewhere. Somebody has to go the wrong way to learn the right one. So no matter what, pick yourself back up and use the setbacks to push your further forward. One day at a time.

In twenty years of life I have learned a lot, some things more important than others and many things that I will probably continue to live by for the rest of my life. It's crazy to think about, I have never felt "old" in my life until this moment. This just goes to show that time waits for no one, each day is a new opportunity to live and to learn. These next two decades will surely fly by even faster than the first. Here's to the next chapter of lessons in my life.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Lifestyle

New England Summers Are The BEST Summers

Why you should spend your next summer in New England.

562
Marconi Beach

Three years ago, I chose to attend college in Philadelphia, approximately 360 miles away from my small town in New Hampshire. I have learned many valuable lessons away from home, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in Pennsylvania. One thing that my experience has taught me, however, is that it is absolutely impossible to beat a New England summer.

Keep Reading...Show less
Entertainment

Fibonacci Sequence Examples: 7 Beautiful Instances In Nature

Nature is beautiful (and so is math). The last one will blow your mind.

235307
illustration of the fibonacci sequence
StableDiffusion

Yes, the math major is doing a math-related post. What are the odds? I'll have to calculate it later. Many people have probably learned about the Fibonacci sequence in their high school math classes. However, I thought I would just refresh everyone's memories and show how math can be beautiful and apply to physical things everywhere around us with stunning examples.

Keep Reading...Show less
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

90229
houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments