Some of us just seem to have everything figured out right from the get-go. Whether it’s credit, relationships, finances, or just general health and well-being, there are some things that just take a lot longer for some people to learn than others. These are 25 revelations that most people have later in life.
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If you are not healthy, most other things become extremely difficult. Of course, you can’t help disease, cancer, etc., but give yourself the best chance. Eat right and exercise.
Disney endings don’t happen
Most people never get to a point where things just “come together,” and they live happily ever after.
Fake it till you make it
Almost everyone does this, even your boss. The truth is that almost nobody knows what they are doing. Nobody.
Just do it
Yes, we stole this from Nike, but it’s true. Stop planning and waiting for the right moment. Just go for it and make changes on the fly.
Don’t try to make everybody happy
It’s good to be nice, but carrying the burden of everyone’s happiness on your shoulders is unrealistic.
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Don’t tell people anything about your financial status.
It will make it easier to have real friends in your life.
Don’t rely on other people for your happiness.
It only leads to messed up relationships.
Plan for retirement...
…if you want to retire. The earlier you start doing this, the better.
Effort beats intelligence
Or even talent for that matter.
Don’t take life for granted.
Everything that you know and love can be changed in an instant.
You cannot outrun your fork.
Exercise is great, and necessary. But no amount of exercise can fix a poor diet. Learn to eat right!
Let go of anger.
You’ll get mad about all sorts of stuff in life, from random online comments to what your mom told you over the phone. Let it go. It won’t solve anything, and it only raises your blood pressure.
You can’t change people.
Only they can change themselves.
Be the water, not the rock.
Basically, plans are a good thing, but don’t freak out when they don’t work. Go with it and keep doing stuff. Make another plan. Remember, be the water.
Nobody knows what they’re doing all the time
You’re not the only one who feels out of your league.
Don’t isolate yourself.
Sometimes, you need to force yourself to socialize.
You don’t owe anyone anything.
Unless, of course, you do. But we’re talking about the instances where people make you feel bad for not helping them. You need to know when you are being taken advantage of. True friends wouldn’t emotionally blackmail you.
Even family members may require these at times.
The way that credit works
It’s complicated but basically have a credit card and pay it off.
Soft drinks are really bad for your teeth.
And you only get one set of them.
“Someday” is today.
That day you are waiting for where your life will be perfect is already happening. Right now.
People will take advantage of you if you let them.
You have to strike a balance between being nice and being a doormat.
Stay in shape
It’s harder to get back into shape than it is to just maintain it.
You should say no to things that you don’t want to do...
…and yes to things that you do want to do.
You should save money.
Pro tip: download the Mint app or at least create a budget.
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