20 Lessons in 20 Years

Lisbon, portugal

Hey everyone, just left the coast of Portugal and I am currently posting from Paris, France! Since I just celebrated my 20th birthday earlier this month, I decided to compile a list of 20 important lessons that I have learned during my twenty years of life. They’re totally random, but I hope you find some of them to be useful!

  1. Extended travel can cost a pretty penny, but it’s well worth every cent.
  2. There are three things that make every tough decision easier: coffee for dealing with the things that you can change, wine for accepting the things that you can’t, and wisdom for deciphering between the two.
  3. Reading is one of the best ways we can come up with answers in the short time we have here.
  4. Journals and cameras are the only two weapons we are given to fight time. Not only do they capture special memories for us to revisit, but they preserve our smiles and emotions onto a page that never forgets.
  5. True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.
  6. You can learn a lot about a person by the way they handle these three things: rainy days, heated arguments, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
  7. It is not how much we have that matters, but how much we enjoy.
  8. It’s important to never waste your wildness, because what is wild cannot be bought or sold, borrowed or copied; there is no app for that.
  9. Life is not just a matter of milestones, but also of moments. It’s not just about the birthdays, graduations, and professional achievements; it’s also about the lazy Sunday golf games, the dinner-table conversations, and the fits of laughter with friends.
  10. The most important time is now; the most important person is the one you are with; the most important act is making the person next to you happy.
  11. Stress does not come from engaging in stressful activities, its a result of forgetting to allow time for silence so that our minds can recharge.
  12. No matter what your age, there’s always something new to learn and and there’s always room for you to furnish your life and your mind with new knowledge and experiences.
  13. Substituting a good habit for a bad one is much more effective than just quitting a bad habit cold turkey.
  14. Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save someone’s life, but everyday offers us an opportunity to affect one.
  15. Fortune favors the bold, and sometimes all you need is 10 seconds of insane courage or 10 seconds of embarrassing vulnerability.
  16. There are three ingredients that will always guarantee an enjoyable evening: live music, great beer, and the company of best friends.
  17. What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.
  18. Faith means trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.
  19. Genuine love is unconditional rather than emotional. The person who truly loves has made a commitment to be loving whether or not the feeling of love is present.
  20. The key to a happier life is to simply enjoy the passing of time.

6 thoughts on “20 Lessons in 20 Years

  1. How do you know what beer and wine taste like if you are 20!? Just kidding.. We have all done it. I love this list. I think it is very inspirational. I strive to be a person like you. There are just so many distractions that set me back. Like stress, which you talked about, and many other things. I wish I could travel more, but more importantly I wish I had the money to travel more. I feel like there is so much more to life than what I see. I agree with 16 100%. I don’t believe that there is anything better.

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