Lessons from the Past Decade to bring in 2020

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I was still a child for the past decade and I am leaving this decade as an adult. A young adult rather. But still a little bit more than an infant but it’s crazy how fast I transitioned from a child to an adult. I feel like I am on fast-forward. Yesterday it was 2019 and now it is new year 2020.

I don’t even remember most of what happened in all those 10 years. Only those lessons that shaped who I am today. And here are some of the things that I have learned. Some of them are pretty cliche but then again, cliches are cliches for a reason.

You Cannot Control Everything

I get upset so easily. But that’s because I realized how I hate it when things don’t go my way. Normally, we’d prefer that it does but life does not work that way.

You cannot control your surroundings, you cannot control how people are going to feel and think about you. Only you can control how you should feel and think about things.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

This also taught me that mental health is extremely important as your physical health. Mental health is something that can affect every single aspect of your life.

It took me long enough to realize how my surroundings, people and habits can contribute to it. It took a while for me to understand my own emotions.

Cutting Toxic People Out of Your Lives

We all need to remove the toxicity in our lives before it consumes us. In order to do that, we must remove all of the sources whether it is a bad influence, bad habit, and even people.

Realizing You Can Also be a Toxic Person

We all make mistakes and we are not perfect. Sometimes, we are so blinded by our emotions that we don’t realize how our actions can affect other people. There is a reason why the golden rule is well, called the golden rule. It is the principle of treating others as you want to be treated.

We also need to realize that the world is not just about us. It is important for us to learn how to be compassionate and considerate. We need to compromise in order to make the world a better place.

Make the best of your Circumstances

The most important lesson in my point of view is to make do with what we have right now. Learn how to appreciate things and know what you can do with it to make your situation better.

For example, I wasn’t born rich. That’s okay, I managed to get into college (thanks to my parents) and I got a job. I can pay my own bills. I’m still not rich but at least I can afford to live, I can travel and buy the things that I want. So that’s not bad?

Getting the things that I want may take time but that’s fine. I am still lucky. For that, I should be happy. And it’s not like I won’t be rich in the near future? We just have to find ways. Haha! Kidding.

Be Ready for Any Change

They say nothing in life is constant. And it is true. Just like how the season often changes, so does people and your surroundings. We must always be prepared for it. Expect the unexpected.

This is what I needed to learn. For the past few years when I was still a student, I didn’t want to graduate. I wasn’t even sure if I was ready for the responsibilities of being an adult. But I have no choice. I have to graduate. I have to be an adult.

I’ve made good friendships, good relationships but sadly, not all of them can be the way they were before. People change. People come and go.

There is nothing permanent in this world except for change.

I am letting the past decade go but I will carry the memories and lessons it taught me. This decade, I feel that I am ready. Like I can face anything.

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