Actually, that title, besides being really long, is also a lie. I don’t wish I’d known these things. If I had, I wouldn’t be where I am now, and I’m pretty happy where I am now. But for the sake of this blog, here are some random things I wish I had known.
1. There’s enough success in the world.
If I had known this, I would have been happier for my friends when they succeeded instead of asking, “What about me?”
2. Excuses are for losers.
Sure, they make you feel better in the short term. But in the end, all you’re left with is the fact that you didn’t come through and didn’t own up to it.
3. Fresh spinach is amazing.
Knowing this would’ve kept me from wasting so much of my life eating iceberg lettuce, which is dumb, as discussed last week on this blog here.
4. Everyone, at one point, was a little baby whom someone loved and had dreams for.
It’s hard to remember this when you run into people who act like jerks, but we all started off the same way. Then life, and choices made by us or for us, took control.
5. Surround yourself with people that challenge you.
Sure, being a big fish in a small pond feels good. But you won’t grow until there are bigger fish than you that push you to be better.
6. Not everything is about you.
For the longest time, I thought the world cared about everything I said or did. Until I realized that everyone else thought the same thing. Doing the math, something didn’t add up.
7. When you’re 12, the way to a girl’s heart is probably not adult contemporary music sung by Dan Hill.
Especially when the first line of the song is “Can I touch you? I can’t believe that you are real.” My bad, Missy.
8. It’s never really about winning.
It’s about working hard enough to put yourself in a position to win. To have a chance. Let the results fall where they may.
9. Be the person you wish everyone else would be.
If you can’t, why would you expect anyone else to?
10. Buy thousands of boxes of Christmas Fruity Pebbles.
That cereal was awesome.
11. And while I’m at it, let’s buy a thousand boxes of Lemon Coolers, made by the Sunshine brand.
The perfect beach cookie.
12. Keep perspective.
Nothing is the end of the world. Except the end of the world. And when that happens, no one will be around to say it anyway.
13. Always do work you’re proud of.
If you’re not proud of it, do it again. And do it better.
14. No one knows exactly how you feel, and you don’t know exactly how anyone else feels.
You can’t. There are too many variables. Knowing this makes empathy a lot easier.
15. Learn everything you can about others and the world.
The world is full of awesome things. Experience them. Learn about them. Other people, with all of their interesting quirks and backstories, are amazing – if you take the time to get know them.
16. There are a lot of talented people in the world.
And most of the time, it comes down to who works the hardest. Make it you.
17. Never forget how to believe in the impossible.
It was easy when you were three. It’s harder now. But not impossible – if you remember what it was like to be three.
18. Remember that everyone grows old and dies.
19. Laugh at yourself.
We all do awkward things sometimes. Laugh at yourself, forgive yourself, and then move on.
20. Be nice to yourself.
You’re going to have bad moments, like at least 18 of them. You’re going to say the wrong thing sometimes. You’re going to fail to come through sometimes. It’s okay. Do better next time.
21. There is no 21.
I just didn’t want to end at 20.
22. You don’t always have to have a concluding paragraph.
And now we end at 22.
Here it is. Steven's blog, where his thoughts about things are revealed. Good luck.