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As children, we go through a lot and if you grew up in a way that held you back or left you neglected, chances are you’ve got a lot of room to grow now. While you might not be able to see it just yet, you need to make some changes so that you can grow more properly and flourish in the ways you might not have thought you ever could.

Below, I am going to go over some life lessons that most of us forget to take the time to learn. These lessons are things you should let sink in properly and really take to heart. You’re capable of overcoming your childhood if you really work hard enough towards it.

12 Lessons You Have To Learn As An Adult:

1. Your words matter.

The things you say matter. While your actions speak louder than your words, that doesn’t mean your words are unable to shake others. We as human beings pay close attention to words.

2. You cannot hold onto the past and move forth properly.

Without letting go of the past you cannot move on properly. In order to grow in the ways you need to grow, you must let go of the things you’re holding onto from the past. Release those emotions and face those demons.

3. Apologies must be made sometimes.

You can’t go through life never apologizing. You will give and receive these things for as long as you live. If you refuse to give apologies, you will lose far more connections than you could ever imagine.

4. You cannot remain in our comfort zones.

Your comfort zone is something that you are meant to break free from. While you might be comfortable there, you must be willing to step out of it from time to time. The longer you hide there the less you will experience.

5. You will always feel scared but should progress anyways.

Just because they sound hard to face, your fears do not define you. You might be scared at first, but once you overcome these things you will feel better for having done so. Feeling afraid is not a reason to hold back on the level most people do.

6. You don’t have to please everyone, and you don’t owe others anything.

You are only human, and you should be living your life for yourself. You cannot please everyone and shouldn’t be trying to do-so. Just because someone tries to guilt-trip you into thinking you owe them something does not mean that you actually do.

7. Patience is important for success.

If you’re not patient with yourself and those around you, success will never find you. The more patient you are with yourself, the happier you will be. You get much further in life when you’re treating yourself kindly.

8. You should be appreciating the things you have.

You should not be forgetting how amazing what you have is because you aren’t able to get what you want just yet. There are people in this world suffering more than you can imagine. It doesn’t cost anything to be thankful.

9. It’s okay to feel your feelings.

There is nothing wrong with feeling your feelings. We all have them, and holding them in won’t do any of us any good. Express yourself properly, it feels a lot better than bottling things up.

10. You can be yourself and should be yourself.

While most people in this day and age feel as though they need to hide themselves on a real level, that’s not something you have to do. You can share your true self with this world if you want to and doing-so will benefit you more than you might realize. Just because it’s hard at first doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

11. You should not put your all into one-sided love.

If you’re doing all you can for someone who refuses to do anything for you, you’re messing up. One-sided love is quite present in this world for a lot of people, and being able to identify and move away from it is important. Don’t let people take advantage of the way you feel for them.

12. Love isn’t always conditional, unconditional love does exist.

While most people in this world will love you conditionally, there will be some people who love you in an unconditional manner. Sure, it will be hard to come to terms with if you never got it from your parents in the ways you should have, but it is real and does happen. Sometimes things are just present without you having to fight for them.