I’ve been doing this round up of the year for 3 three years and most years it is quite the same. Simply looking back on the year I have had and looking at what all I learned, however this year is different. Not only are we ending a year, we are ending a whole decade, the 2010s. Isn’t that a scary thought? Or maybe it just is to me. Either way it got me thinking about the past decade and how 10 years is definitely enough to teach you a lot and even to change your life. Therefore instead of just looking at what life lessons I learned in 2019 I’m going to have a look at the life lessons I learned in the 2010s; A decade in review.
As the decade we are ending is the 2010s I’m going to focus on the 10 most important life lessons the 2010s taught me. Before I start though, if you want to know what my most significant moment was of each year of the 2010 decade you can check my Instagram as there has been a countdown to the new decade there. Now let’s start the countdown for the life lessons I learned in the 2010s.
The 10 Life Lessons I learned In The 2010s
1. Your broken heart can only be mended by you and no one else no matter who or what broke your heart.
→ I’ve been brokenhearted for the longest of time, before I continue nope it’s not because of a guy. More because of life events that I just never got over. You know how just kinda accept it happened but never really process it? Yeah I used to do that a lot in the first half of the 2010s decade. Still guilty of it these days, but in lesser capacity, partly because of my wonderlogues.
2. It’s okay to live your life the way you enjoy it the most.
→ I’d been so scared to own up to the fact that I don’t like doing things that are normal for my age group to be doing that I just did them to make me seem normal, however I never really felt normal. I felt bored and terribly out of place. When in 2016 I decided to just do the things I like to do and own up to not liking things my life got so much easier and happier.
3. Always bet on yourself even when others don’t.
→ If you know in your heart of hearts that you can make something happen. Overthrow everything that everyone is saying and trust and bet on you. That is what got me on a flight to Lima the same year I got terribly sick. There was nothing stopping me from giving myself that adventure that I had wanted for so long.
I know it seems weird but in the very first wonderlogue posted I already figured out that throwing caution to the wind is the best thing you can do, under some conditions which you can read here.
If you want read up on Lima you can do so here.
4. The Nike slogan is right; Just Do It, because the anticipation is scarier than doing it.
→ Whatever ‘’it’’ is that you have been thinking about doing for the longest of times, do it. The endless wondering is more of a burden than just doing it. Also, doing ‘’it’’ whatever it may be, is the only way forward. Remember that 10 seconds of courage can profoundly change your life.
5. Time passes by faster than you realize it, so make the most of today.
→ Do I really need to explain this seeing that we are already opening 2020?
6. Live for your Eulogy not your Resume.
→ I have spent the better part of my short 25 years making sure my resume looks amazing, to my thinking. Meaning that I have skipped out on so many experiences, time with friends and family and just life in general. Through starting My Story Of I I realized that the time to do all the things I want to do might never come, so it’s best to do them now. Realize though that I am in no way saying that you should overthrow all your responsibilities and stop planning your future, I am saying to make sure that while doing that you also remember to live.
7. Drop the coulda, shoulda, woulda because there is no way that the outcome you’re thinking of is actually what would happen.
→ Beating yourself up over things that have already passed will not make them come back. The best you can do is to look forward and actually make your coulda, woulda, shoulda your reality the next time you have a desire to do something.
8. Tomorrow is not a guarantee.
→ Life can literally change in one second so planning on tomorrow and expecting you and your life to be the same to handle what it is you planned is a mistake. I cannot stress this enough this second you have the next you may not have.
9. Spend money on experiences, not things.
→ The experiences will last a lifetime, the things might but no guarentee. Ohh, if you were wondering what would happen if you forget, that’s why you should take pictures, so on rainy Sunday afternoons you can glance through all of your memories. If you need inspiration to make your own memory book, you can take a look at how I make mine.
10. Get to know yourself and become your own best friend.
Learning to be passionate and kind towards myself is perhaps the best thing I learned this decade. To learn to love myself mistakes, flaws, marks and all is one of the greatest gifts I’ve given myself.
The 10 life lessons I learned in the 2010s, all summed up. I can’t believe it’s been ten years and three and a half years since starting My Story Of I. I have one more bonus lesson to share with all of you, which is that dreams can come true. I realized this through doing the decade countdown on Instagram. To do that I went through all of my pictures and all the memories I saw just makes me emotional. Through standing still at every year I realized how many dreams I have already accomplished. I’m stunned and in awe of myself, of life and everything in between.
I want to end this by wishing all of you, my wonders, a wonderful end of year and an even more wonderful start of the new year and decade. May you make all your new years resolutions come true and start living the life you love. Don’t forget to Love Yourself and Celebrate Your Life.
Happy New Year My Wonders.