At age 26, I’ve learned many harsh truths I wish my younger-self knew.
I must share with you 5 of these truths.
1.Things Do Not Always Go According to Plan
If you are in your 20s I believe you’ve already realized that life does not always go according to plan.
Nevertheless, you must not stop planning because of this. Instead, keep planning and trust life when things don’t go as planned.
2.You Don’t Need to Date in Your Early 20s
I sometimes regret focusing too much on romantic relationships in my early 20s because I gained nothing from them. I wish I focused on my dreams instead of wasting my precious time on stupid relationships.
These relationships mostly lead to emotional pain, and sometimes you might invest so much in a person you won’t marry. For this reason, I believe you’ll progress faster if you invest your energy, time, and financial resources in your dream rather than a relationship.
Nothing is constant. Things are always changing. You might be financially stable today, but end up broke at the end of the year. You might be broke today but end up with more than enough money tomorrow.
The biggest mistake we make is believing that our present conditions will last forever. For instance, when faced with hardships, we might succumb to depression because we think the hardships will last forever. We forget that nothing is permanent.
You’ll attain inner peace if you realize that things are always changing because, during the good times you won’t worry about things changing, and when the bad times come, you’ll know that good days are coming.
‘The seasons change and the summer will become winter. There are days when crops are greatly harvested and days when the seasons are too rough to plant.’ – EmpowerThyself
4.Most of Your Friends are Fake
Three years after completing my high school education, I realized that most of my friends were fake. Many people, including those I believed were true friends stopped associating with me because I was broke. I tried to bond with them but my efforts were futile.
I also realized that some of my friends felt bad when they believed I was making progress, and felt good when I was in difficult situations.
For these reasons, I reduced my social circle.
5.Follow Your Dreams as Soon as Possible if You Want to Live the Life of Your Dreams
Earlier this year, I almost gave up on my dreams after it dawned on me that many people who live their wildest dreams started chasing them at an early age.
I thought it was too late for me because I started chasing my dreams at age 25. However, I now have faith because I have identified successful people who managed to live their dreams despite chasing them later in life.
It’s never too late to follow your dreams, but it’s hard to follow them when you have bills to pay and children to take care of. People who follow their dreams at an early age have high chances of living their dream life because they don’t have responsibilities.
The earlier the better. If you want to live your dream life, start following your dreams now because the older you get, the tougher it becomes to follow your dreams.
I believe these truths are insightful nuggets of wisdom. I have shared more insightful truths in other posts. Read them and you will be wiser. This, I promise you.