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31 Things I’ve Learned In 31 Years

Throughout life, we experience so many different things and learn so many different lessons. Here is:

|31 Things I Have Learned In 31 Years|

  1. Family can turn their back on you. It may hurt like hell, but in the end, it will get easier.
  2. Just because someone isn’t a blood relative doesn’t mean they cannot be just as family to you. Sometimes the people who aren’t blood relatives make a better family to you than the ones you were born with.
  3. Since I am bipolar, I have learned the importance of being able to recognize, through tracking my moods,  when my moods are about to shift so I can prepare for the crash or the high. It’s so much better than going at it blind.
  4. It is possible to live without alcohol.
  5. What you put out into the world will always come back to you.
  6. Mental illness isn’t something you choose to have, but you can choose how you manage it.
  7. No matter what you think when in a severe depression, there is always someone who loves you and cares about it.
  8. If a person ever feels suicidal they should look for one reason or one distraction to hang on to and grab on to it with everything they have left. Mental illness does not have to be the end of them.
  9. If you need a mental health break, take it. It’s better than driving yourself insane and becoming even more stressed than you probably already are.
  10. If you notice something is not right with you, mentally or physically, always call your doctor. It is better to be safe than sorry.
  11. Learn who you can talk to about which topics. There are always certain topics that you can’t bring up with one person that you can bring up with another person.
  12. The only way to truly be able to enjoy life is to live one day at a time. There no use living in the past, and the future hasn’t happened yet.
  13. Sometimes you have to work your way up from the bottom, career-wise, to get to where you want to be.
  14. Something I have been learning one day at a time, but have yet to perfect, is to learn to let go.
  15. No matter how old you get you can always learn something new.
  16. It’s never too late to change career paths.
  17. Forrest was right, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”
  18. While it is pertinent to live in the present, you do have to learn to process past traumatic experiences to be able to move on to a brighter future.
  19. Things really do get better, but we will always have setbacks and new challenges to overcome because life is unpredictable.
  20.  It doesn’t matter what you believe in, as long as you believe in something.
  21. There will always be things that even the people closest to you will never understand, but that does not mean that they don’t love you.
  22. Nothing in life is guaranteed so don’t take anything for granted.
  23. When you apologize to someone for a wrong you have done, it really can set you free and take some weight off of your shoulders.
  24. Always say I love you to the people that mean the most to you because you never know when you will no longer be able to say it.
  25. Sometimes the hardest thing for you to do is the best thing for you to do.
  26. There is always usually some truth behind every lie.
  27. Life is full of disappointments but you have to learn to pick yourself back up and move on from them.
  28. Death would be the easy part, surviving is the hard part. But it is better to be in the world no matter what you’re going through. As I found out on Christmas.
  29. Help others whenever you can because you never know when you’re going to need help yourself. Plus, helping others always helps take your mind off of your own problems.
  30. When you find people who love you unconditionally, cherish them.
  31. There are things in this life that happen to us that we will never be able to understand, but we cannot let them run and ruin the rest of our life.




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Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog

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