The lessons of life are a beautiful gift. These are called a “gift” because they change us into something better. These lessons are not always Rainbows and Butterflies. Sometimes these are the tragedies that bring us wisdom. There are lessons that people wish they had learned earlier. So we have come up with 7 lessons people learn too late in life.
1. Everything is Temporary
We always learn this lesson the hard way. We realize this when the things that we hold the most dear are taken away from us. Everything we do, everything we have, every single person we meet, everything we build is temporary. Our relationships are temporary, our belongings are temporary, even the pet we own is temporary. We ourselves are temporary. Nothing is going to last forever. This can be heartbreaking, I know. The sooner we accept it, the better it will be.
2. It’s Never Too Late
You’re not a failure until you stop trying. Every time you feel like quitting, remember Colonel Sanders. He found KFC at the age of 65. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. It is never too late to execute a plan, it is never too late to strengthen your relationships, it is never too late to begin anew. There is always time. If you feel that you could’ve done something, do it now. There is always someone to thank. There is always someone to forgive. You cannot imagine that feel when you accomplish something you have always wanted to.
3. Happiness is a Choice
Happiness is a choice. You do not need anyone’s approval to be happy. You can choose to be happy. But happiness does require a lot of efforts and hard work at times. Nothing that makes you happy happens by itself. Happiness is when your expectations meet the reality. If someone you care for dies, you can be sad for all the fun you will miss. But you can choose to be happy for all the fun you had. See, it is still a choice and at times, a really hard one. It requires effort to declare yourself happy when the things are not going well.
4. Money Matters
You see it everywhere that Money cannot buy happiness. But the truth is money does matter. You will only get the recognition for your efforts and hard work only if you are rich. You’ll get everything you want if you are rich. You’ll make a lot of friends and people will come to you only if you are rich. No one likes to surround themselves around poor. So, work hard and make money.
5. People Respect Your Position Not You
You might not like this but this is yet another harsh lesson that life teaches us. People do not actually respect you. This respect is for the position you hold. For example, if you are a minister or some sort of officer or a commander, people will respect you. But this respect if for your position. Once you are retired or you do not hold that position anymore, people will not treat you the same way. You are much like any ordinary person out there once you have lost your position. So, you must appreciate for everything you have now.
6. Overthinking is Disastrous
Overthinking is a disaster. Most of the things that you feared never ever happened. We spend ages thinking what would happen if things do not go right. We start imagining negative things and make our life miserable. Overthinking leads to stress and anxiety which often leads to bad health. We are never ready to take risks without worrying about the consequences.
7. Life is Not Fair
Less deserving will get the promotion and you might not. She might choose a jerk over you. You might not get credit for all the hard work you put to get the work done. This is a bitter truth about life. Life is never fair. Life will often disappoint you. We do not live in a perfect world. The world doesn’t care much for you.
Hope this article helps. What are the lessons you wished you had learned earlier? Let us know in the comments below.