6 things I wish I knew when I was younger

Darryl Bachmeier
Aug 13, 2019

One thing I know for sure is that if someone were to ever build a time machine, I would be the first one to hop on it. We have all made decisions and mistakes in our pasts that we would like to re-do today. Hindsight is 20/20, and even though we cannot do anything about our past, we can always do our best to pass on the torch of wisdom. With that being said, let’s take a look at 6 things I wish I knew when I was younger

Money does not buy TRUE happiness

Don’t get me wrong, money is easily one of the most essential necessities in our lives, as a lack of money surely buys you a lot of misery. It is necessary for all aspects of our lives from health, education, housing, food to living a comfortable life.

But beyond a certain point, we must realize that we will never be rich enough. Our greed for more keeps on growing, and it is at this point we must internalize that true happiness will never come from money or material possessions.

True happiness comes from being content and grateful, along with having healthy relationships with your loved ones. It also stems from having a purpose in life that goes beyond our existence. Finally, happiness can be achieved when you have internal peace, in regards to your past, present, and future.

Step out of your comfort zones

The worst thing you can do to yourself is to stay in your comfort zone throughout your life.

I have been a victim of this myself, as I never participated in any debates or public speaking competitions or opportunities because of the daunting fear of public speaking. If only I had pushed myself before, I wouldn’t have had to suffer in my college and professional life.

Always pounce on new experiences that have the potential of developing you. Don’t let the fear of failure halt your progress towards self-improvement because what’s the worst that could happen? You’ll fail, but at the same time, you would have learned from your mistakes that would pay dividends later on in your life.

Lend out a helping hand

Another thing I wish I should have been more involved in during my young age is helping out others.

There is a special joy in seeing a person relieved because of something you did. Being involved in activities that support amazing causes helps us in putting our existence to the betterment of this world.

Apart from this, you learn invaluable lessons of empathy and gratitude after witnessing what so many people are going through on a daily basis. This enables us to act like a society and grow ourselves together and stronger to leave a world that is in a better position than the one we found it in.

Finally, I would have also advised myself to not look at the results of my efforts, as even a single person being positively impacted by my actions should be a win situation for me.

Quality over quantity of friends

Making friends isn’t easy, especially if you are an introvert like me. What I would have wanted to advise my younger self is that the quantity of your friends does not matter. What matters is the quality of the few friends you have.

It is always better to have a couple of friends you can be yourself with, instead of shaping yourself to be someone you are not in a huge group of ‘friends’.

These few people that you develop quality friendships with are the ones who have got your back through thick and thin and they are your lifelong partners who you can rely on.

Agree to disagree

Having the ability to understand and accept different perspectives is a must-have for everyone.

Being extreme in your positions and not allowing any room for discussion always results in animosity between people and groups causing a permanent rift between them.

This is why I would have wanted to know the significance of this trait at a very young age. As no matter what the disagreement is, you should never resort to hatred or violence, which is usually what happens in this world.

Glass is half-full

Whether the glass is half-full or half-empty depends on what side of the spectrum you relate to, as I would always suggest my younger self to hold an optimistic view of life.

Being an optimist leads to a happier and healthier life, as you look to create and utilize opportunities instead of holding yourself back.

Optimism also makes you content about your present and makes you look forward to your future, both of which are essential for a successful and fulfilling life we all aspire towards.

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