219 Lessons to Live By

I learn something new every day. Especially when working toward a personal goal—like publishing a book, for example—I'm always looking for opportunities to expand my knowledge of not only my craft, but of the world as a whole. That is where motivation, inspiration, and happiness is found.

So, I thought I would share many of the things I've learned about the world over the course of my twenty-five years on this earth in hopes of enlightening, teaching, and maybe even inspiring.

1. Do not act like you know everything unless you're ready to be proven wrong.

2. Eating as a hobby, when you're not at all hungry, to cure boredom, etc., is acceptable in small doses.

3. Learn to laugh at yourself. We're all stupid and embarrassing sometimes.

4. If there is just one person in this world that loves you for you, whether it's a parent, sibling, friend, significant other...you're one of the luckiest people in the world.

5. Be as nice as you can possibly be to everyone you know. Everyone is fighting at least one battle, and a smile can turn a day around.

6. Also, you never know if and when all that sucking up you do is going to come in handy some day.

7. You don't have to like baseball to have fun at the games.

8. You're never too old to enjoy Disney movies.

9. You will be shunned from society if you choose to use your and you're incorrectly and interchangeably.

10. Don't take time with your family for granted. Your siblings won't always live under the same roof as you, and your parents won't always be here.

11. Stick around the people who do kind things just because they want to, not because they're expecting something in return.

12. Treasure every minute you get to sleep in on weekends/during the summer before you graduate college.

13. The only thing worse than packing for a trip/move is unpacking.

14. Stop complaining about your boring life when all you do is sit around the house all day.

15. There is more to life than how you look or what you own.

16. You won't know if you like something or not until you try it.

17. When you're young, your parents will never see reasons. Only excuses.

18. You are morally obligated to sit around and do nothing on rainy days.

19. Chocolate cures so many problems.

20. You don't have to be good at singing to enjoy it. 

21. Dancing like a fool in public is also a fun time.

22. It is perfectly acceptable to cry over the Titanic each of the million times you watch it.

23. You will find happiness when you realize that the only person you're required to please is yourself.

24. Everyone is different. Get over it.

25. You are never alone.

26. You have to love yourself before you can expect anyone else to.

27. Also, you have to be happy on your own. Don't expect someone to fill a void.

28. Be thankful for everything you have, even if you have little. Things could always be worse.

29. When you step out of your house looking like crap, you run into every single person you've ever met.

30. Similarly, when you look cute beyond belief, you run into no one.

31. Don't laugh at your own joke until other people start laughing first.

32. Laughter is one of life's most precious gifts.

33. Sometimes it's better to just surrender when a fight really isn't worth it.

34. A woman will always find out things you're keeping from her.

35. Life goes on.

36. If you've made a wish at 11:11, on eyelashes, wishbones, shooting stars, and dandelions thousands of time and your wishes still haven't come true, keep wishing. It still gives you hope.

37. It's never too late.

38. If "the worst that could happen" doesn't involve any kind of danger, then there's no reason not to go through with something.

39. If you want something to happen, make it happen.

40. You're never too old to eat Lucky Charms.

41. Say what you want to someone while you still have the chance.

42. Always say you're sorry in an argument even if you shouldn't be the one apologizing. It makes you a better person.

43. The best things in life are free.

44. Age is only a number.

45. Play an instrument. Just for fun. Even if you suck at it.

46. Be yourself.

47. Something you want to happen happens either when you least expect it or aren't prepared for it.

48. Bad things happen to good people. But every bad thing makes you stronger.

49. Karma's a bitch.

50. It's possible to have a closet overflowing with clothes but still have nothing to wear.

51. Everything happens for a reason, even if you're not sure what the reason is at the time. Even if you never find out what it is.

52. Spending hours creeping on past friends, significant others, classmates on social media is perfectly acceptable.

53. Everybody is normal in their own weird way.

54. The answer to "Can you do *this*?" should always be "I can learn."

55. Read. A lot. Everything. Often.

56. Love completely, forgive easily, smile often.

57. Never think someone just wants to be friends until he or she explicitly tells you so.

58. Verbally beating someone in a fight is better than throwing a punch.

59. How much you weigh does not define who you are. Just be healthy and happy.

60. Alcohol does not have to be involved in order to have a good time.

61. It's much better to go through with something that scares you than stay silent and always wonder what might have happened.

62. No regrets. We should consider ourselves fortunate to be able to learn from your mistakes.

63. Enjoy the moment. Live in the moment.

64. What you say about others says more about you than it does about them.

65. Today is Friday. Tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards.

66. The mean people in high school are more often than not unhappier and less successful in the future than the people they picked on.

67. Never say never.

68. Women need a lot of shoes. If there's a woman in your life, do not limit her or make her feel materialistic for buying another pair of booties.

69. Some people are really particular about which way the toilet paper goes on the holder.

70. When something seems like a good idea at the time, it usually turns out to not be a good idea.

71. Think before you act or say.

72. For the rest of your life, you are going to be stuck with people that are dumber than you.

73. Find the smartest kid in class and make sure you become their lab partner.

74. Always make it look like you are doing something productive, especially when you aren't.

75. But do try to be productive more often than not. 

76. Also spend time sitting around doing nothing shoving food in your face. Life is about balance.

77. Relationships of any kind are a two way street.

78. When you get a chance, take it.

79. Everyone has bad days.

80. Actions speak louder than words.

81. When someone really truly loves you, they will wait for you. For anything. No matter how long it takes.

82. Being single is not the same thing as being unwanted.

83. Wear a t-shirt and sweatpants whenever you can.

84. Just breathe.

85. Stick by the people who care about you.

86. Accept everyone for who they are.

87. You will never feel old enough to do anything. Go to high school. Go to college. Move out. Get a job. Get married. Have a child. Buy a house. Nothing. Never.

88. But every change that occurs in your life still somehow becomes your normal without you realizing it.

89. Not much if anything changes day by day, but when you think about your life a year ago, it's entirely different.

90. Don't over think things. By the time you're done the opportunity will be gone.

91. Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well just be happy.

92. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.

93. Let someone else try out the dangerous idea before you.

94. There's no point in getting upset over something that you don't have control over.

95. You can't control other people. You can control how other people's action affect you.

96. Move on.

97. It's not over 'til the fat lady sings.

98. There is no such thing as a lost cause.

99. A short walk in nice weather can change your whole day.

100. Don't cry over spilt milk.

101. Positivity attracts positive things.

102. Never give up hope.

103. So much is possible if you put your mind to it.

104. Dreaming is how the strong survive.

105. Karma is a bitch only if you are.

106. Do not cheat. If you're unhappy in your relationship, grow a pair and leave.

107. Happiness is a choice we make, not something that happens to us.

108. Sometimes you have to cry to feel better.

109. You can be the most delicious apple in the tree, but there will still be someone out there who hates apples.

110. You can't please everyone.

111. You're much more attractive when wearing a smile.

112. Keep your hopes at a balanced level; enough to keep hope alive, but no so much that you're disappointed in the end.

113. Life isn't a spectator sport.

114. Cherish being a child and not having to pay bills for anything.

115. Being the oldest child in the family is a really difficult job.

116. It's the little things in life that make you happy.

117. Money can't buy happiness. But it's still nice to have. And it can buy really cool things.

118. "All you need is love."

119. It's healthy to be lazy every once in a while.

120. Fear is normal. 

121. But don't let it win. Face it.

122. It doesn't matter where you are. It only matters who you're with.

123. Someone's age does not determine their maturity level.

124. People change. Consistently. Sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse.

127. Don't try to change someone.

128. Appreciate who a person has become instead of missing the person they used to be.

129. It will happen if it's meant to be.

130. But it will not happen without effort and perseverance.

131. Pain changes people. It teaches you to let go. It makes you a stronger person.

132. Relationships take work.

133. Yoda was wrong. Always at least try.

134. Never settle for less than you deserve.

135. There is still good in the world.

136. Pretty much everything that tastes delicious is high calorie.

137. You can never have too much ice cream.

138. Learn to accept others. 

139. Learn to accept yourself.

140. Try to see the bright side of everything. There always is one.

141. "The past can hurt, but you can either run from it or learn from it."

142. Stand up for yourself and what you believe in.

143. Life's not fair.

144. Some people aren't worth your time.

145. Love isn't always perfect.

146. People will constantly walk in and out of your life. Every one of them served/serves a purpose.

147. Don't starve yourself to lose weight.

148. You will feel better if you talk about it. If you don't want to talk about it, write about it. Just don't keep it inside.

149. There is always room for growth. There are always things to learn.

150. People may not remember every word you said, or every thing you did, but they will remember how you made them feel.

151. Eat better, feel better.

152. Do more of what makes you happy.

153. Look before you jump.

154. Someone else in this world is going through the same painful things as you.

155. No matter how much sunscreen you put on or how often and careful you are about applying it, you will always get burnt somewhere to some degree.

156. Mondays don't have to suck.

157. Don't stand so close to the fire unless you're ready to get burned.

158. Life becomes much easier when you stop depending on other people.

159. You can never be too careful.

160. Live a little.

161. It is a small world.

162. Take nothing in life for granted.

163. Get to know someone before deciding if you like them or not.

164. It's also okay to make initial judgments. It's impossible not to.

165. Take everything you do one step at a time.

166. Keep your dreams alive.

167. It's better to have one best friend than a hundred acquaintances.

168. There's someone out there for everyone.

169. That someone does't have to be a significant other.

170. Girls can play video games.

171. Instead of arguing, sometimes it's better to just shut up.

172. Unhappiness is not going to cure itself.

172. Females overthink everything.

173. Blaming other people is an immature way of solving your problems that you originally created.

174. Swallow your pride. It's not weak to ask for help.

175. Work harder every day to become an even better person than you were yesterday.

176. Sticks and stones may break your bones, and words can be emotionally scarring.

177. It's okay to receive a compliment. It doesn't make you conceited.

178. Life is nothing at all like what is portrayed in any movie or book ever created. Even the ones based off true stories.

179. You are not alone in wanting to become a lawyer after watching Legally Blonde.

180. Stop focusing on what you don't have and start appreciating what you do have.

181. Always be thankful because you are blessed in so many ways.

182. Take the good with the bad. "Bad" things help us appreciate life more.

183. Follow your heart.

184. Keep pushing, striving, believing.

185. We only see successful people's success, never the struggle it took to get where they are. Keep going.

186. Be happy and forget all those rules and walls that have bound you. Choose to just BE.

187. Live life to the fullest. No excuses. No regrets.

188. The only person you can fully and completely rely on, is you.

189. You're only as happy as you set your mind to be.

190. Go after what you want.

191. The best thing about being at your lowest point is that you can only go up from there.

192. There is always something or someone to live for, so don't give up.

193. Some things just take time.

194. None of your problems are stupid or insignificant.

195. Love yourself. You're stuck with you forever.

196. Just because someone may have it worse doesn't mean you can't be upset/complain about your struggles.

197. Being smart isn't stupid.

198. Take the time to recognize what you deserve and don't settle for anything less.

199. Don't lower your standards because you don't think they're attainable.

200. Respect any advice offered to you. You don't have to take it. But always respect it.

201. What you get results from what you give. 

202. We could only be so fortunate to have one person in our lives who is willing to listen.

203. A problem always seems less problematic in the morning. 

204. Face your past and learn from it. That's the only way you can move on.

205. Sugar is the best when dipped in more sugar.

206. Take care of your body.

207. It's okay to indulge in crap now and then.

208. Nobody is making you stay at any job. If you hate it, leave.

209. Do not live for anyone else.

210. Strive to be well-rounded and dimensional. Pick up new hobbies and learn new things regularly.

211. Leave the negativities of work at work. Be happy to be home with the ones you love.

212. But it's okay to vent now and again.

213. You don't have to have your life figured out by the time you graduate high school or even college. It's never too late to book it in another direction.

214. Take time to discover what you're actually really passionate about when you get older and immerse yourself in it until you reach your goals.

215. Have lazy days. Don't let lazy be a personality trait.

216. Changing or adding to your appearance doesn't automatically make you vain. If it makes you feel more confident, do it. 

217. Give everyone and everything a chance. Don't make snap decisions. 

218. Be choosy about the people you trust and confide in.

219. Be a good person, try your hardest, and do things with the best intentions, and it will all work out in the end.


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