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While this world might seem great, and we all might get along well within reason, there are things we tend to overlook that should not be going overlooked. Life is not always what it seems and sometimes when we think we’re doing the best we can, we’ve only just hit the tip of things.

As we move through this world we learn so much and are able to really teach one another tons of different things. Below you will find a list of things I’ve learned throughout the years and things that people have been kind enough to share with me. While it might not be something you want to hear, really taking these things to hear can make a huge difference in your life. 

17 Things Everyone Needs To Come To Terms With:

1. We all make mistakes.

In this world no one is perfect, we all make mistakes, and we all have to work through them. No one is able to do everything perfectly every single time they try. Sometimes you have to work at something for a very long time before you actually get it right.

2. We never stop learning.

No matter how old you are or what you’ve done in this life you always have room to learn. We never stop learning in this life and there is always someone out there who knows more than we do. If we really work with one another we can really figure things out on a level that otherwise would not be possible.

3. Time literally flies by, and we have to make the most of it.

Time is not something we have much of. While we may live for years on end tomorrow is never promised. One whole year can go by in the blink of an eye.

4. Other people’s opinions do not define you.

The things other people say or think about you do not define you. You are your own person capable of writing your own story. Do not let others hold you back.

5. Holding grudges doesn’t do anyone any good.

You should never hold grudges. They do nothing but weigh us down. We in this life are already so heavy and broken that this makes everything so much worse.

6. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

Sometimes we aren’t able to see the things the people around us are going through. Just because it might look like someone has everything together and is able to do or get what they want doesn’t mean that is actually the case. We are all unique in our own ways and all facing different things in this life.

7. Life is unpredictable at best.

No matter how much you try to control the things happening to you, life will always be there to throw you through a loop. Nothing ever plays out exactly how you want it to and change can happen overnight. You should be well aware of this.

8. Sometimes things just don’t work out.

Sometimes in this life things just don’t work and there is nothing wrong with that. The fact that you tried is more than enough. Your efforts do not go without notice.

9. We’re all insecure about something.

We are all insecure about something and just because someone looks perfect to you doesn’t mean they aren’t seeing something completely different in the mirror. We all find the worst things about ourselves to pick at and it really brings us down. We all have things we wish we could change about ourselves and that won’t ever actually go away.

10. You can be happy all on your own.

Happiness is not something you find in other people. It is something you build within and learn to cultivate properly. You can’t just expect happiness to come up and smack you in the face, it doesn’t work like that.

11. True friends are not as common as we tend to think.

While you might be surrounded by people you don’t necessarily have a lot of true friends. True friends are the ones who will be there for you when you need them the most. They are the ones who will stick by your side when times are at their worst, most are not going to be capable of meeting this criteria.

12. There is nothing wrong with cutting out toxic people even if they’re family.

Sometimes we have to cut ties with toxic people and in many cases, those toxic people happen to also be family members. Do not feel bad for having to leave them behind. They did this to themselves and if they really cared they wouldn’t have been so toxic in the first place.

13. No response is the clearest response of them all.

While waiting for a response might be killing you, accepting the truth is hard. If someone isn’t willing to take the time to respond to you and is ignoring you altogether take the hint before you. That person doesn’t care in the ways he or she might have initially said he or she did.

14. Things are not always what they seem.

Sometimes things may seem one way only to turn out the complete opposite. Life is crazy and it never plays out in the manner we assume it will. If you cannot get the full story perhaps you should not be judging.

15. You are the only person in charge of your life.

You should never live your life for other people. You only get one life and it needs to be one that you feel is worth living. Make your own decisions and be true to who you are. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to live with the things you do or have done.

16. If they really wanted to, they would have already done it.

If they really wanted to be by your side or make something happen they would have already been on it. We can’t just sit around and wait for each other forever. Being willing to give up sometimes is a very important part of this whole thing we call life.

17. We all have a purpose.

Even if you cannot see your purpose right now, you have one. We all have a purpose in this life. Be aware of who you are and work to better understand your place in this world. The more you question the stronger your answers will become.