5 Things I Wish I’d Learned Before I Grew Up
Sometimes along this crazy journey of life, stuff comes up and I scream:
“Why didn’t I know this sooner?”
“Why did no one tell me that?! OMG life would have been so much easier if I just knew that!”
I wistfully wish I had an older sister who taught me the ins and outs of life, to learn from and to confide in.
But I didn’t, what I did have was a rocky road of figuring a load of this stuff out for myself. Which is what I needed to do.
Maybe you need to too, but I feel like time is running out, and this stuff needs to be shared.
So I’ve complied a list of the top 5 things I wish I’d learned before I was 30. Knowing this kinda sh*t now makes my life so much easier – I hope it makes yours easier too.
1. Hands down the best advice I have ever been given is:
“What people think of you is none of your business.”
When a friend said this to me it actually cut through me a bit. I was a bit shocked and taken a back. What people thought of me was practically all I thought about! To be told is was none of my business was, well, embarrassing!
As hard as it was to hear it’s SO true… read it again..
What people think of you is 100% nothing to do with you.
People will think what they think about you no matter what you do. You can’t change people’s perceptions about you and most of the time what they dislike about you they dislike about themselves. Never people please and don’t hold yourself back in fear of what people ‘might’ think. Most of the time what you think people think about you is completely false and made up and usually – wrong.
Stop caring about what people think of you and focus on your opinion of yourself. The only person who’s opinion matters is your own. Make that one count.
2. That thing you loved to do when you were 3, 6, 8, 10 – do it now too.
Do it all the time.
Don’t stop doing it. Don’t give it up. Even if you’ve had a bad experience but you still long to do it – do it. Just because you grow up doesn’t mean that you should stop doing what you love.
That ‘thing’ is most likely your true passion, you’re true gift. Don’t turn your back on it – keep doing it.
Do whatever lit you up when you were 6 – even if it seems childish. Do it more – make your soul and heart happy.
Having a happy soul and heart makes you into a happiness magnet – good things and experiences and opportunities will be drawn to you like magic. Make your heart happy and do what you loved to do as a child now.
3. Life isn’t about stuff.
When you take away your stuff (your car, make-up, fake hair, eyelashes, handbags, clothes etc) who are you?
Instead of chasing after stuff, chase after experiences which will enrich you as person. Experiences that make you interesting to be around, experiences which humble you and make you feel good. Experience that teach you gratitude, empathy, team work, strength and ones where you make a difference to some one or some thing.
The measure of success isn’t how much stuff you own. It isn’t about if your stuff is better than someone else’s stuff. Your stuff does not matter.
Stop chasing after stuff.
4. Law of Attraction is a real thing.
Books like “The Secret” have made LOA really popular and learning that I was the creator of my reality 4 years ago was mind blowing.
The LOA is based on the law of “like attracts like”.
Birds of a feather, flock together. What you think about, you bring about.
In short: your thoughts create your reality and you attract what you are, both in the positive and negative.
Want someone to love you? Love yourself.
Want success? Think successfully.
Crave happiness? Act happy, think happy.
You are the creator of your reality.
Your mind should be your ally not your enemy.
It is why I love positive affirmations so much and why I love positive visualisations. The whole LOA/manifesting subject is vast and would take so much explaining – but for now keep it simple – You create your reality. Keep your thoughts and visions positive and believe in yourself.
5. Being sensitive is a thing.
And it doesnt mean you’re weak. It means you’re powerful and very much needed in this world. High Sensitives are sometimes called Empaths or Ambiverts.
Being a Highly Sensitive or an Empath can be generalised into feeling and being:
-Sensitive to noise/smells/tastes
-Sensitive to busy places, lots of people – feeling overwhelmed and fussy
-Get easily irritated by uncomfortable clothes or labels
-Appear shy or introverted – especially around new people
-Feel emotions like embarrassment as actual physical pain
-Sensitive to peoples emotions or energy – other peoples emotions can sometimes be felt
-Need lots of rest and alone time
-Susceptible to burn out/exhaustion
-Often seen as a bit psychic/old soul/been here before and usually know and understand whats going on for people without being told – you can sense whats wrong
-Feeling of being lost, alone and like no one understands you
Its a real life thing. Dr Elaine Aron and Heidi Sawyer both have excellent books and research on the topic. If you think you’re an empath or High Sensitive I highly recommend their books.
Knowing this and finding this out for myself was life changing. I finally understood why life had been so hard and why I felt the way I felt.
I totally believe more and more HS/Empaths are being born in the world. I’m 100% convinced. Why? Because the qualities we possess as sensitives are needed within the world to bring into balance the masculine, technology fuelled, results and target driven environment we live in. There will come a time where our sensitive and intuitive nature and skills will be called for in businesses, hospitals, education, world wide corporations. And if your sensitive I hope you jump on board and follow my journey as I write about my own experiences as a intuitive sensitive and produce stuff to help you deal with your sensitivity.
Light and Love
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