It’s Week 28 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 28: Your Past
I was never the kid who listened to their parents. If my parents told me to do something, I found a way to do just the opposite. I was never very good at getting away with any of the stunts I pulled as a kid, my parents were always two steps ahead of me. This meant I got in trouble… a LOT. Back then, I learned by making mistakes. While this is a completely normal way to learn, it probably could have been avoided more than a few times. I’m grateful to have learned these lessons, but I’d be lying if I said that was the best way to learn them. So here are a few lessons I learned from my past mistakes.
There are no redos
Have you ever looked back and said I would have liked to do things differently? This happened a lot to me growing up. As events and milestones happened in my life, I would often find myself looking back wishing I had done things differently. I spent the first two years of my college life saying how much I hated sororities and would never join one, only to find a second home through my sisterhood during junior and senior years of college.
I was too stubborn to give it a chance and see the possibilities that could have been. If I could turn the clock back, I would have spent more time doing the fun parts of college, and spent less time buried in my textbooks. I got good grades, but my workload made it nearly impossible to juggle both. This is just one example of how I learned that you can’t make up for lost time. Those moments have already passed, and you can only look forward.
There’s a reason some things are illegal
Most of us have probably enjoyed the occasional alcoholic beverage before our 21st birthdays. In fact, there are probably only a select few who waited. As I got older, I started to realize why certain laws and restrictions were in place. I was not very mature prior to turning 21, and couldn’t handle the responsibilities that come with drinking. I ended up getting into a lot of trouble for it, and I had to learn this lesson the hard way.
As a kid, I thought rules were stupid. Why can’t I ride a ride just because I’m short? Why can’t I do this? It all seemed like an elaborate scheme to keep me from having fun. As an adult, I can honestly say there are still a few exceptions when it comes to stupid rules, but here is a reason some of these activities or substances are illegal. Laws are around for a good reason, even if you don’t realize it yet.
Shut your mouth
Have your words ever gotten you into even more trouble? Mine do all the time. I have this nasty habit of saying the first thing that comes to mind around certain people, and this isn’t exactly the best trait. Sometimes I have said things I didn’t mean to say or didn’t give myself enough time to fully think through what’s coming out of my mouth. It’s okay to just stop and really listen to whatever the other person has to say. Give yourself time to process, then speak. I’m still working on this one!
You don’t have as much time as you think you do
It happens to everyone. We blink and before we know it three years have gone by! My mother was diagnosed with cancer before her 50th birthday. Cancer stole potential years of her life away, and that has changed me forever. We always think we have tons of time to spend traveling, meeting people, doing things on our bucket list. In reality, you might not get all of the time you had planned for. One day you will wake up and realize your life has just passed you by. Don’t put off your dreams for someday, start working toward them now!
These are some of the biggest lessons I’ve learned throughout my life and ones I’m grateful to have learned. I wish I had done things differently then, but all we can do is move forward.