22 Life Lessons at Age 22

College graduation marked the start of a new chapter in my life, for more than one reason.  Entering the real world, learning to let go of the past, certain people, and adjusting to the fact that my life no longer revolves around exams.  I have compiled a list of 22 life lessons that I have learned from my 22 years on Earth.  These are lessons that are usually not taught in school.

  1. Own up to your mistakes, it helps build a stronger foundation.
  2. You can keep going long after you think you can’t.
  3. It takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
  4. Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation.  You can learn as much from failure as you can from success. Maybe more.
  5. It is easier to be forgiven than it is to forgive.  But you must learn to forgive.
  6. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Seuss
  7. You have to be your own best friend.
  8. The greatest gift you can give someone is your time
  9. Time heals all wounds… regardless of how you feel right now.
  10. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will change you in ways that you cannot imagine.
  11. Sometimes you just have to be happy because you have the ability to smile.
  12. Cherish those that you love, you never know if you’ll see them again.
  13. You cannot make someone love you.  You can love someone with all you have, but they have to meet you half way.
  14. Trust yourself, above all others.  Listen to what you want, and do it.
  15. No matter how good you think your friends are, they will always hurt you at one point or another.  Being a good friend means forgiving them.
  16. Create happiness for yourself, those who are your real friends will be happy as well.
  17. You cannot make a problem disappear by avoiding it.  Confront your problems now.  Not tomorrow.
  18. The only thing fear is good for, is preventing you from being who you want to be.  Try new things, meet new people, take new paths.
  19. Do not fear change, learn to accept it.
  20. Do not make decisions based on emotions, they usually end up hurting you in the long run.
  21. Sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
  22. You only get one chance at life, so enjoy it.  Live, laugh and love…every day of your life.

What are some life lessons that you have learned?