It has been a long and winding road, hello to the 22nd version of myself! As cliché as it may sound, I thank God for all the enriching life lessons He's taught me all this time. I may not be exactly where I thought I would be at 22, but I still remain grateful for everything HE has enabled me to do. God is indeed so so good. Words will never suffice for all the love He has shown me and my family.
If you have been constantly reading my entries, you'll somehow get a clue of what I have been through in life. The good, the happy, the ugly and sad. My journey comes jam-packed with lessons I wouldn't have learned if I hadn't gone through some of the most hardest challenges. So here's a (long) list of lessons I learned at 22.
Hope you enjoy the read!
1. The internet is loaded with resources "real", physical schools don't offer. Learning something new is always just a click away. Take hold of the opportunity.
2. As we grow older, all those cliques that ignored you when you were younger won't matter anymore. Having a few good friends are perfectly fine.
3. Church ministry is essential for the Christian's spiritual growth, but it doesn't define who you are as a person more so give you a higher position up there when we all get to heaven.
4. One good way to combat comparison is to be genuinely happy for someone's successes and be a comforter to the weak.
5. Never ever belittle yourself, you weren't brought in this world to be the center of attraction at a pity party.
6. Fear is the biggest lie ever. You & I have been blessed to do so much more than what our minds can imagine.
7. Pray and pray until your prayers change and eventually make more sense. At the end, God has purpose over things we can't control, and He also wants us to grow in the process before we get to the end.
8. Life is not a rush; you can run at your own pace. Remember, timing is different for everyone.
9. Don't ever let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. In other words, if you have offered help to someone, do it without the intention of letting your whole community know just how perfectly awesome you are. God knows the real you anyway.
10. We cannot always change our unlikely situation, but we can always change our outlook towards it. Every setback is always God setting bigger things up.
11. Listen to people's advises, but pray for discernment too. Some advises are better pushed at the bottom of your list lest it create "more" trouble before you get to fix the existing trouble.
12. Fight for what you believe and know is right even when that highers your risk of getting blocked on social media and people's lives.
13. The world won't stop for you. You have to keep on going no matter how hard it gets.
14. If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all. Less talk, less mistakes.
15. You can't forge peaceful relationships without acknowledging the role that forgiveness plays.
16. Honoring our parents does not stop the moment we become 18 and/or learn to live independently. Honoring our parents is a lifelong thing and goes about how we talk to/ about them.
17. Some people will have the guts to talk about you and form (warped) opinions that are most often than not leaked to you (by someone they gossiped to about you). Just let them be, they have their time!
18. Do not forget to look back at the very people who have been with you through the ups and downs. Life isn't about who gets to the top first, but who doesn't forget to look down once they've already reached the top.
19. Live by the Y-O-L-O rule only sometimes; embracing too much freedom often leads to problems that cannot be reversed. Remember Adam & Eve?
20. Learn to adjust to different cultures, people's attitudes, the way they communicate, and the way they live their lives. Certainly not everyone is as cool as you think you are.
21. The antidote to complaining is thanksgiving. Don't let your circumstances grab the joy in you and those around you.
22. God is personal and HE wants you to be personal in your dealings with Him too. He isn't just someone you call when you need help or a name you say when you got to give credit to just someone. He is our father, comforter, peace-giver, provider, and best friend.
That is it!
I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22!
Thanks for making it to this portion of the internet. I am truly grateful for each one of you for reading my entries! Most of what I've written here are unspoken words — words I wish I could've said or shared with anyone in person but has remained in my heart until I was able to write it in here.
My life's full of downs than ups, but through it all, I have seen and tasted the sweetness of God's grace and love. With that, I can tell you with a convinced heart that God is faithful, He is good and He never runs out of love for you and for me. Hope you enjoy your read(s)!
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