About four years ago, I had an assignment for a class that was left open ended, which was intended to fuel creativity. For it, I set out to write a list of things I had learned in life, the little snippets of wisdom that I had gained throughout the years.
Since then, I’ve set out to write at least a few new wisdoms every year to keep me grounded and aware of my growth. I think sometimes I feel like my growth has come to a standstill, and this reminds me that growth is happening even when I feel stuck.
So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite little reminders with you. Some of them may resonate with you, some of they may not. But that’s okay, we all have our own truths. These are mine…
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People will tell you what they think you should do, but always go with your gut. It will rarely fail you.
Don’t settle — because if you truly don’t want to, there is no reason you should.
Pick up a pen from time to time, and instead of using your head as your guide, use your heart.
Figure out what you stand for, because one day — and I can’t tell you when — someone will ask you and you’ll want to be able to answer.
Gain the ability to allow that which does not truly matter to slide.
Pay attention to small details, because those are the ones that truly matter.
If something is not serving you, get rid of it.
When you start to feel like you don’t stand out, that nothing really sets you apart from everyone else, remind yourself of the things that make you… YOU.
Strike up conversation with strangers. You’ll gain stories to store away in your file — stories you probably won’t ever forget.
Write — all the time, in random notebooks, at various times — your thoughts, dreams, aspirations. You’ll be thankful you have these later.
Find something that drives you, a purpose. Life will play out much smoother if you do.
You’re the only one that knows your limits, so share them with others if you want them heard; they can’t read your mind.
Realize that you deserve. It’s not a question. You just do. You deserve.
It’s really easy to question your decisions, normal even. But realize that you made them for a reason — and try and move past them. They happened. They’re over. Move on.
Explore the place in which you live. You won’t think it’s so great if you don’t.
Give of yourself.
Let. Things. Go.
If you can’t find it in you to believe in yourself, at least believe in believing in yourself.
It’s okay to not know what you want to be when you grow up. Yes, even if you are grown up.
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What are some things that are truths for you?