The kabbalists saw birthdays as a time for reflection — whether or not we have fulfilled our calling. On the progress we’ve made on our pursuits of health and happiness, and our spiritual callings.
Today I turn 28 years young. Twenty eight.
What progress have I made in my pursuit of health and happiness?
Spiritual enlightenment? Good question.
How do I know if I’ve made progress on spiritual enlightenment? And to what end? Or is it really all about the journey, versus the destination?Inspired
Life isn’t linear. That I know firsthand. I’ve had my ups and downs, as have many of you, too, I’m sure. With my personal oscillating journey of health, happiness, and spiritual enlightenment in mind, I look back at the lessons I’ve learned from each facet throughout my 28 years of life.
I hope that at least one resonates with you. And if you can relate to any, know that despite our best efforts, sometimes there is a greater force out there nudging us in a different direction, or drawing our attention to a greater cause. And all we can do in those trying times, is to ride the wave. Ride, that, freaking wave.
Here are the 28 lessons I’ve learned in my 28 years of life.
1. Remember the days where you wished for everything you have today.
2. Friendships are more important than we think. They contribute to a higher quality of life, and deliver profound benefits to the mind, body and soul.
3. Every day is a chance to do better. To be better.
4. Positivity inspires positivity.
5. One of the best ways to care for yourself is to care little (or not at all) about what other people think.
6. Know your worth.
7. Plants have healing powers. They contribute to our psychological and physical well-being.
8. You can’t always heal in the same environment in which you were hurt.
9. Self doubt is the enemy of success.
10. Forgive yourself. Really. Forgive yourself.
11. Don’t let yourself feel insulted, hurt, or drained by the people you elect to have in your life.
12. The moments that bring us joy can be fleeting. So allow yourself to take part in the activities from which you derive great joy. Do what truly makes you happy.
13. Don’t mistake the people who always surround you for the people who will always be there for you.
14. Support those around you. We’re stronger when we work together.
15. Behind every person is a struggle we know nothing about. Be kind to them. Always.
16. Thoughts become things. We have the power to manifest anything we truly want to have present in our lives.
17. Mistakes are learning opportunities. Not failures.
18. Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.
19. Done is better than perfect.
20. Find what inspires you, and soak it in.
21. Trust the universe – it’s bigger than any and all of us.
22. You can never run out of creativity. The more you use, the more you get.
23. There are more than 100 billion neurons in our brains, constantly bonding and making new connections. This gives us infinite power to achieve our goals, and to live to our full potential.
24. Anything you put into your body, you should be able to put onto it, too.
25. Embrace, enjoy, and relish in everything that makes you, you. There’s no point trying to be someone else, we were all born ourselves.
26. If people treat you unkindly, accept that they may be operating from a place of profound sadness and insecurity.
27. If you start a new project, give it your all. A new relationship, your whole heart. A new job, your maximum effort. And if it doesn’t workout, maybe it wasn’t meant to be. But you gave it your all.
28. The people in our lives, close or distant, have been sent, as guides.
And as a quick bonus lesson; make room for fun. Life doesn’t always have to be so serious. Breathe in the good, exhale the bad. And just enjoy everything that comes your way.
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick