It can be so easy to go about your life, ignorant to the blatant truths that are all around us. Some of them are too hard for us to hear, so we shut them out and pretend that they don’t exist. The only thing that will come from that is a life half-lived that will be full of misfortune and regrets.
Living as fully as you can takes understand life’s brutal truths, even if you don’t want to face them. So, pay close attention to these 16 harsh realities you need to hear if you want to get your sh*t together.
1. You’re Going to Die
Let’s just get that one out of the way right now. Although it may be the hardest truth to face, it’s important. You will die one day, so stop living like you won’t.
2. So is Everyone Else
Just like you, everyone else will be gone one day too. Stop holding grudges against the people you love, ignoring them, or not giving enough of your time to them. You’ll end up regretting it.
3. Hoarding Wealth is Pointless
Money is necessary, you need it for food, medical bills, and for somewhere to live. What isn’t useful, is holding onto wealth and material possessions that aren’t worth anything in real life.
4. Time is Your Most Valuable Possession
You have a limited amount of time on this Earth, so use it well. Would you rather remember how many amazing experiences you’ve had, or how much time you spent scrolling on your phone?
5. Some People are Going to Hate You
You can’t please everyone, and there’s no point trying to either. Some people just won’t ever like you and you need to accept that and move on.
6. And You’re Going to Hate Some People
Don’t force yourself to be friends with someone who you just don’t get along with. You can’t like everyone, but you can learn to treat everyone with kindness and respect.
7. Perfection is a Myth
People aren’t perfect. You never will be and neither will anyone else, so don’t waste your time trying to achieve it. Your imperfections are what make you unique.
8. You’re Responsible for Yourself
The worst mistake that you’ll ever make is trying to blame your wrongdoings on someone or something else. Own up to what you’ve done, otherwise, you’ll never grow.
9. You Need to Stop Dreaming
If you want to make sh*t happen you need to get up and work for it. Stop wasting your time sitting around and thinking about it. Go make your dreams a reality.
10. Life Isn’t All About Fun
When people say to “live your best life” they don’t mean you should go out partying every night and spend all your money on designer clothes. Sometimes you need to do things that aren’t fun but will help you to improve your life.
11. External Happiness Will Only Bring Sadness
You can’t get real happiness from things like money, possessions, or even other people. The joy you get from those things will fade. If you want true happiness, you need to find it from within yourself.
12. Don’t Waste Your Potential
So many people waste their talents by giving into their fears. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or to put in the work that it takes to live up to your true potential.
13. Everyone’s Looking Out for Themselves
People are selfish by nature. We all see the world from our own perspective and put ourselves first. Remember that in any situation, you should always count on you and only you.
14. Be Thankful for What You Have
Stop whining about what you don’t have or what you want, it’s immature and just annoying for the people around you. If you want something, work hard to get it. Most importantly, always be thankful for all the amazing things you already have.
15. People Remember More Bad than Good
You could give someone 1000 compliments, but they’ll always remember the one time you insulted them. Do your best to do good deeds that can’t be overshadowed by your mistakes.
16. Keep Your Priorities in Check
It’s too easy to lose yourself in the hectic nature of life. Remember who you are, where you come from, what your values are, and what things are most important to you in life.
No one wants to think about these things. They force us out of our comfort zones and into a world full of uncertainty and hard work. Living by these realities isn’t the easiest path, but the reward of it is so much sweeter.
Share this article with your friends and family to help them get their lives together too. Everyone needs to face these truths at some point.