One of my inspirations, Oprah Winfrey, has a column in her magazine called What I Know For Sure. I read her magazine every month, and this column is one that sticks with me, and one that I look for with each new edition of the magazine. I turned 24 earlier this week, so, taking a page out of Oprah’s book, here is my list of 24 Things I Know at 24:
- The world is big, and waiting to be explored.
- The most devastating moments can ultimately lead to something great, even if it takes years to realize.
- The past is the past.
- Accepting that the past can’t be changed is simultaneously the most difficult and most freeing thing you can do.
- Even though the future is uncertain, you can maintain stability day to day.
- People don’t change.
- Each person is shaped by his or her own previous experiences.
- The experiences that define one person’s reality are no more or less valid than those that define another’s.
- Age does not equal maturity.
- One-sided friendships are not worth the effort.
- People grow apart, and it’s okay to let them go.
- Pick your battles.
- A deep breath can make all the difference in a heated conversation.
- It is important to surround yourself with people who leave you feeling good about yourself.
- Family relationships evolve over time.
- Work is done better and more efficiently when motivation is the driving force to get it done.
- Work-life balance is impossible to achieve; there will always be one more thing to do either at home or at work.
- Your job title does not need to define every thing you do in your life.
- A conclusion that I draw myself holds more weight than one that is spoon fed to me by anyone else.
- Quiet time to relax and recuperate is imperative each day.
- Living in fear of guilt is paralyzing.
- Everyone needs one activity they can count on to relax them.
- If you don’t take care of yourself, everything else will start to fall apart.
- It is possible to do everything if you manage your time properly.