Today's AtoZ post is G for growing up. Many of us wouldn't mind going back to a certain age, with the knowledge that we have as an adult. Growing up isn't all bad, but there are many things I wish I had realized earlier in life.
1. Naps are not a bad thing. I hated naps as a child. In kindergarten it was torture to have to stop learning time and get my mat for nap time. Now, I fully support nap time in all grade levels and think it would be wise for the workplace as well.
2. Oh to be as busy as I was in high school. Yes, students have full schedules these days. Parents of students have it much worse. We have our adult responsibilities and our parent/student responsibilities. I remember being overwhelmed as a junior and senior, but I still had time to chill. Now, it seems that every day is jammed with adult responsibilities or kid responsibilities. Someone the other day asked what TV shows I watched. When do I have time to watch TV???
3. Life is about change, deal with it. Plans change. Situations change. Circumstances change.
4. Be flexible. See #3. You have to be willing to be flexible when things come up or you will drive yourself nuts.
5. Time is valuable. All those times I didn't have time to go home for a visit are regrets. I would love to have the opportunity for another visit with my Gran. I know we shouldn't live with regret, and I don't agonize over it, but I have no clue what was so important that I couldn't go home some of those times. Time is valuable, use it wisely because you can't get it back.
6. Relationships are work and if you want them to work you have to work! Love is not enough if you don't show it, if you don't communicate, and you don't value your partner. You really need to work on liking the person too. That initial infatuation is not enough to build a life on. Life changes and if you do not adapt and work at your relationships the life changes will get in the way and destroy what may have once been good.
7. You get what you put in. If you don't put in effort then you will get poor results. You can be as fulfilled as you seek to be. To be successful in school you have to participate in school. You have to do your assignments and you have to try to get involved. Same with life. You have to participate to get joy out of it.
8. Health is important. You have to take care of yourself and you can't wait until something is wrong before you start!
9. Rejection happens and it isn't always a bad thing. Learn from your mistakes. Learn from the things that didn't work out. Learn from life. You may not get the job you wanted, you may have to try something else. Life has a way of working things out and you have to walk the path. Some things work out and some things don't. Work with what you have.
10. You can always learn something. Be a lifelong learner. Never stop. Seek knowledge. It's part of the participating in life thing.