30 things I’ve learned in 2013

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December 31, 2013 by Diana M

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Ok, enough time off for traveling purposes. Let’s get back to business!

Well it’s the last day of the year again, so it’s time to wrap it up with our highs and lows and draw the line: 2013 was definitely a year of learning. I am also aware that some of these lessons are going to carry on into 2014, so I’m pretty curious about what’s next *fingers crossed*

Until then, here are 30 things I’ve learned in 2013:

1. When you really put your mind to it, you can achieve a lot. Not everything, but a lot; you’re not Superwoman (not yet at least), so keep that in mind next time you’re shooting for the stars.

2. Friends will come and friends will go, depending on the changes in your life (or theirs), but you’ll always have important people around you. And while some relationships might grow thinner, the important ones will grow stronger. Choose to cherish those rather than the superficial ones.

3. Don’t ever doubt what you can or cannot do or who you can or cannot be. Life will throw so many things at you, will hit you in the face with a chair on numerous occasions, but you have to stand your ground and throw your fist in the air and yell back: “Bring it!”

4. It’s never too late to make a dream come true, even if it takes 10 years in the making. So don’t give up on any of your dreams.

5. The road you were on might change, and that may not be such a bad thing. Even if at first you wanted to go down that path, it’s not so bad that you let yourself be taken away to explore other paths too. Who knows what you’ll end up finding?

6. Love is something you’ll never give up on, no matter how many times you want to tell yourself you’re done with it. Unless you actually want to turn to stone and stop being a human being, which is something I really don’t recommend.

7. Don’t turn your back on challenges: they might just make you push your limits further than you thought was possible and discover a whole new side of yourself that you didn’t even know existed.

8. Don’t quit: as hard as it might get sometimes, don’t give up on something you started and intended on finishing. It may be difficult now, but with time it will get better and you will have the satisfaction and the experience of actually finishing that thing instead of feeling the resentment and the regret of quitting half through.

9. Take in the small moments life has given you, they’re the ones you’ll miss the most: the smell of the ocean, the sun light falling through the leaves, the non stop laughter at a friend’s joke, you hair blowing in the wind on an autumn road trip, the hug of someone you missed.

10. What you say and do to other people has the power to make their lives better (or worse). Choose your words and actions wisely.

11. When the time is right, you’ll feel it. You may have attempted to do something many times before, but it never really worked out. When the time is right, things will go smoothly. (Check no. 4)

12. The world did not end in 2012, so there was no need to rush to make all your dreams come true in just a couple of months. Give them the attention they need, and know that there is a time for each and every one of your dreams. Just because you put it on the shelf for this year doesn’t mean you won’t make it come true next year. (Check no. 4 again)

13. ‘Fitting in’ is not your life purpose, so don’t you dare make it one. Treasure your uniqueness, not your ability to blend in.

14. You can’t control every little thing in your life. Sometimes it’s just better to go with the flow, even when you hate the thought of things not going your way.

15. You may not necessarily know where you’re headed, but that doesn’t mean that you’re not going where you’re supposed to. (Check no. 5)

16. Don’t leave your reading list for December. If you set out to read more books this year, then keep that promise to yourself, because the only one that’s going to be let down in the end is you. And do NOT cheat out of your reading list, or any other lists for that matter.

17. Time always flies by when you’re having fun or keeping busy. On that note, where did 2013 go??

18. Don’t be jealous because everybody’s got somebody except for you. It just happens to be that way right now, doesn’t mean you’re going to be alone forever. Besides, people might just be jealous of you for the same reason.

19. It’s never too late to be who you set out to be in the first place. Just be careful what you wish for to begin with. Then keep working on becoming the best version of yourself that you can possibly be.

20. Music will always be a big part of your life whether you know it or not. It’s there when you’re sad, it’s there when you’re happy, it’s there when you feel like dancing or when you just want to be alone.

21. Sometimes, being the best is not the most important thing at the end of the day. However, taking a step back from your pride and letting others be the best for a change will teach you something important at the end of that day.

22. The only one that can change your life for the better is you: not your parents, not your friends, not your partner, just you. If you set out your mind to be something, you’re the only one that can achieve that.

23. Listen to your gut when it’s telling you that this is right and that is wrong. Your instinct will always tell you which is which, you only have to be willing to listen.

24. Strength comes from experience and willingness to grow. The more you jump into cold water, the thicker your skin will get.

25. Don’t be sorry for your life, others would kill for it. On that same note, don’t think less of your life just because you are not where you thought you should have been. Be grateful.

26. Death is a natural part of life, but forgetting someone who once meant something to you is not. Losing someone important is never easy, and getting back on your feet may take a while, but you have to remember not only that life is indeed short, but also what are you willing to do to carry on that person’s legacy.

27. It’s ok to kick back your shoes and relax in bed after a hard day. Just don’t do it every day. Constant procrastination is a no-no.

28. Don’t be afraid to be alone. You should be your own best friend, not your own worst enemy. Besides, how else are you going to dance freely in your underwear to your favorite music?

29. Never stop working on being better. Whether it’s your career, your love life or your health, you can always do better.

30. “Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” – Rumi

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