I’ll be honest; this post has been a work in process. I have been adding to this list — 22 Lessons I Learned at 22 — over the past couple of months and knew it would be a great way to reflect and wrap up these years and release it during the week of my 23rd Birthday.
My first 22 years have been filled with so much love, magic, passion, trust, leaps, bounds, extreme happiness and enchantment. I have also seen my fair share of hardship, tragedy, frustration, risks, anger and sadness. But the biggest two yet are growth and change!
So let’s kick start the beginning of my 23rd year with 22 lessons I learned at 22…
+ Real sustainable healthcare is not in someone else’s hands. It’s in yours.
+ Just because you can do anything, doesn’t mean you should do everything.
+ There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.
+ It is okay to have multiple diverse passions and interests. There seems to be a pressure in life to find that one passion or thing you dedicate your whole life to, but it is now becoming common to have 7 different careers! For all the people who came to this website seeking guidance, give yourself permission to put the passion pressure aside for the moment and follow your curiosity for a while. Curiosity is very gentle and will never strip you bare. You never know, your curiosity may just lead you to your passion. I am a testimony to this- when I first started my journey, I wasn’t necessarily passionate, I was just so curious in searching for a way for me to be well naturally. Yet this curiosity, over time, evolved into my passion. I believe this is the secret.
+ You are not everything your mind says to you. Your beliefs and perceptions ultimately control your biology, which in turn creates your reality. Therefore, you are responsible for your thoughts and feelings.
+ Being happy is a choice. Do not depend on or put your happiness into someone else’s hands or rely on external circumstances. If you are always thinking happiness is elsewhere it will never be where you are.
+ When there is an exception to a theory, it means the theory is not entirely correct.
+ Make all decisions from a place of love, not fear.
+ There are no mistakes; there is no such thing as failure.
+ Get out of the consumer mentality and get into the producer mentality in every area of your life.
+ We don’t choose our dreams they choose us.
+ You should not depend on relationships to make you happy. They should be an addition to your already attained happiness.
+ Your inner life (thoughts, feelings and mental landscape) must be as positive and successful as your outer life (career, home, health and environment).
+ You are not the opinion of someone who does not know you or your journey.
“You are not the opinion of someone who does not know you or your journey”
+ Hear what others say to you, but always remain in tune with your own inner voice and gut feeling.
+ If you are fearful of or resist change, just know that if you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results.
+ Don’t let the expectations or beliefs of society, culture, friends or family dictate your beliefs about how your life should be.
+ Don’t allow the media or pop culture sell you things that entice your deepest insecurities and make you feel like less.
+ Happiness is not found solely in material possessions. Happiness is a choice and can be found in many landscapes and lifestyles. There is not one definition of happiness; it is different for everyone. Be mindful that the media enjoys selling us one idea of what happiness is. The most common thread to true happiness is simply to be at peace with yourself.
+ We need to learn how to select our thoughts like we select our food every day.
+ Don’t show up to life with expectations on how things should be. Let go of what you thought should happen and live in what is happening. Have goals: but don’t be attached to how they will unfold.
+ Your health and reputation is everything in life.
So there you have it, I would love to hear from you in the comments section below – can you relate to any other these lessons?
Peace, Love, Health
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