1Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems: Emphasis on the word NEVER, Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,”There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable livesMoney can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters.
2Cut yourself some slack: Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at onceSlow down—don’t rush into thingsLet your life unfoldWait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your optionsEnjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversationAllow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.
4Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset
Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect itGood health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.
5You Don’t Always Get What You Want: “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John LennonNo matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to and that’s okay.
6It’s Not All About You: You are not the epicenter of the universeIt’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of our own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own livesWhat do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want? It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do yourself.
7There’s No Shame in Not Knowing: No one has it all figured outNobody has all the answersThere’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfectIt just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.
8Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s an opportunity: That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last longBut that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possibleLove is not just a feeling; it’s an opportunity, that doesn’t go smoothly for everyoneWe have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.
9Perspective Is a Gift in disguise: Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspectiveEverything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothingThe fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t getMost of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from nowIt’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.
10Don’t Take Anything for Granted: We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s goneWhen you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’tYou think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’tYou have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might notNothing in your life is guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.Life can change in an instantMake sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.
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