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40 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner
We sometimes wish our lives played out differently, believing we would have achieved a certain goal sooner or been a better version of ourselves for it. However, things might not necessarily be that way. Here are forty things I wish I knew sooner.
I’ll be turning 40 soon – actually not until next year in October and for the longest of times, I’ve been dreading that age. It just seems to be the beginning of mid-life for me and for some reason, I feel I’m not ready.
Life happened late for me in most things. I got married at 31 and had my daughter at 32. These were things I wanted early but had to wait almost ten years to have them.
My second child – my son, didn’t come until I was 38, and this after a miscarriage and a long period of trying.
Taking a walk through the corridors of my life has opened my eyes to the knowledge that things are not as bad as I thought. If anything, I have a lot to be thankful for.
I have a supportive partner, two beautiful kids, a fairly cushioned bank account, and a blog I love and turn to often.
I have learned a few things during my period of retrospection and these have changed my life tremendously.
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40 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner
1) I wished I’d known that people are important in life and you need a strong network if you plan on building wealth.
2) Family is everything. I would have spent less time being a loner and more time building stronger family relationships.
3) Most of the things we fear are only in our minds and will never materialize.
4) One of the things I wish I knew sooner is that while the love of a partner is important, you really don’t need anyone to feel complete. The first kind of love you should ever receive is self-love.
5) Money is important; very important and you need a healthy inflow of it to live a comfortable life.
6) Talking less and listening more is a good skill that needs to be cultivated.
7) Being genuinely interested in others makes them interested in you. People like and care about those who care about them. It’s a give-and-take world.
8) Not everyone who pretends to love you truly does. Sometimes, your enemies are closer than you think.
9) Some things bring true happiness; like the kisses from your little one, a surprise money alert from a friend when you are down and out, and the feel of dark chocolate melting in your mouth.
10) Consistency and hard work are two qualities that never go out of fashion and always pay.
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1) There is always a smarter way to get things done. Find it to fast-track your progress.
12) Write down your goals and work towards them daily. You’d be amazed at how much progress you would achieve in three months.
13) Celebrate every little win. Little drops of water all add up to form an ocean.
14) Yet on things I wish I knew sooner is that self-love isn’t selfish. As much as possible take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. You matter more than you know.
15) You will find true love when you aren’t actively looking and they will be all you ever wished for (at least humanly possible).
17) Being an involved mom is rewarding, but so is being a healthy individual. So take care of your health first.
18) Life happens in seasons. Things won’t always go the way you want. However, the good times will always come. Hang in there.
19) Worry less over things you have very little control over. If you can’t change it, then do not let it steal your joy.
20) Sharing a problem helps. People are more concerned than you know. You just have to know the right people to share with.
21) Friends will stab you in the back and still come over to eat with you. There are more snakes in human forms than you know. Be careful.
22) There are genuine friends out there. If you find one, hold them close and never let them go.
23) Be a genuine friend always and people will cherish and celebrate you.
24) Don’t be afraid to dream, but never leave it at that. A dream remains just that until it is backed by goals and actions.
25) Show a genuine interest in people’s posts and engage with them as often as you can. Pour out love and it will come back to you in a flood.
26) Don’t sweat the small stuff.
27) Find something that is therapeutic for you when you are down (journal writing, writing, or watching a movie) and turn to them whenever.
28) You are never too old to learn something new.
29) 40 is the new 30. You are only as old as you think.
30) Miracles happen when you least expect and help can come from the least-expected places. Believe in them.
31) Ask for help when you need it. Don’t try to be a superhero always. Even superheroes can die from stress-related complications.
32) Always go with your guts as a mom; it’s never wrong.
33) Always go with your guts as a wife. It’ll save you some heartache.
34) If you feel you need new clothes, then you need new clothes. Just be sure you can finance this new need.
35) Social media is so full of shit. Not everyone is as successful as they claim.
36) Smile often, it’s quite catching. People who smile are attractive.
37) It’s okay to make mistakes, so long as you learn from them and don’t repeat them.
38) Your skin won’t be as forgiving in your as it was in your 30s. You’ll have to put in a little effort.
39) You can’t save the world, so don’t stress yourself trying to.
40) Life is too short. Eat chocolate.
If you are in your 40s, over, or even in your 30s, please share what life has taught you so far. I would love to learn about other people’s experiences of life.
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