5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn

Sometimes the smallest experiences can teach us many important life lessons we did not think we needed to learn. As an adult, I have had my fair share of ups and downs, and from those experiences, I have come up with 5 important life lessons you will learn as you get older. If you are reading this, you might be lost or struggling to find yourself, and I hope this list helps you  to find your path in life.

It doesn’t matter who tries to teach us lessons in life, sometimes you need to experience it, and learn that lesson for yourself.

You Need To Believe In Yourself 5 important life lessons you will learn

5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn- You Need To Believe In Yourself

You Need To Believe In Yourself

I cannot stress just how important it is to believe in yourself. No matter what circumstances you face, believing in yourself will ALWAYS make a difference. Often times, we give up so quickly that we aren’t able to become the women and men that we are meant to be. It can be difficult seeing others succeed where you have failed, or seeing others gaining instant rewards, but that does not mean that we are to give up. It means you need to work harder, work smarter and fight to accomplish the goals you have set for yourself.

Giving up means believing that you can’t. It means listening to external voices that tell you it is impossible. It means never really getting anywhere. All it really takes is a little hard work, patience and confidence in your abilities to realize your true potential. Trust me, you can do it. I speak more about this is my most recent post How To Never Give Up Never Surrender.

You Need To Rid Your Life Of Toxic People  5 important life lessons you will learn

5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn- You Need To Rid Your Life Of Toxic People

You Need To Rid Your Life Of Toxic People

Often, as young adults, as we begin our adult journey we feel as though we must have as many friends as possible. Society tells us that the more people you have in your circle, the better it will be for you. That is simply not true. Having too many people around you leaves space for many toxic people. Who are these toxic people? They are the ones who wear you down emotionally, physically and mentally. 

They are the ones who constantly take, take and take, while never having anything to give. These are the people who make you feel less than, or constantly tell you what’s wrong in your life and what you should be doing differently, without actually offering any advice to help you along. Get rid of them. Spring clean your life and you’ll come to realize just how much better your quality of life becomes.

You Need Time To Develop Your Own Interests 5 important life lessons you will learn

5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn- You Need Time To Develop Your Own Hobbies, Activities and Interests

You Need Time To Develop Your Own Hobbies, Activities and Interests

It is very important as young adults to develop your own interests, hobbies and skills. What activity makes you feel fulfilled? What are some of the things that make you smile? I spent a large portion of my adult life helping others develop their skills, and become triple threats, while I neglected my own passions and interests.

It wasn’t until I had one of the biggest breakdowns of my adult life that I realized just how much I had let myself go. I stopped painting, singing, dancing and many of the other activities that were the highlights of my day. It’s not too late for you. Pick up that sketchpad that you have neglected, pull on those ballet slippers and get back into your craft. You’ll wonder why you never did so earlier.

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You Need To Travel Solo At Least Once 5 important life lessons you will learn

5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn- You Need To Travel solo at least once

You Need To Travel solo at least once

This! I wish I had discovered travelling solo a long time ago. Travelling with friends is great because you have the chance to connect with others and share wonderful experiences with the ones who care about you the most. If you can, try to travel with a friend at least once a year. This does not have to mean going outside your country. You can visit all the places in your home country that are fascinating and beautiful. Just do so alone.

Travelling solo is a different kettle of fish. Being by yourself can be a scary, exhilarating experience because you have no one to lean on but yourself. It forces you to confront many of the dependency issues you might be able to hide when around others. When you travel alone, you are forced to forge your own path, discover your own interests and occupy yourself without the input of outside voices. It’s a wonderful time to get to know yourself better. It’s a great time to figure out your likes and dislikes, and what gets your muscles pumping and your mind going.

You Will Find Your Purpose In Life 5 important life lessons you will learn

5 Important Life Lessons You Will Learn- You Will Find Your Purpose In Life

You Will Find Your Purpose In Life

It has taken me about 28 years to discover what it is that I want to do with my life. It has been 28 years of making mistakes and trying a variety of career paths before stumbling upon the right one. Take some time and think about it. Think about those things that make you smile, and try to figure out how those interests can be turned into a career that you will love for as long as you can.

If you are meant to teach then find your students, and teach as many people as you can, in whatever field you can. If you are meant to sing, take some vocal lessons, and belt those notes out at the top of your voice. You are only a few steps away from realizing your true potential.

It can be scary, growing older and feeling more and more pressured to get your life together. Like I said it will take time to find yourself, and your journey might not always be smooth, but never give up. These 5 life lessons you will learn are an important part of your journey into adulthood so don’t be afraid. Don’t be afraid to mess up. Don’t be afraid to try new things. It will all be worth it in the end.

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Comments (108)

  • Karen 3 months ago Reply

    Oh my gosh this is great! I am older and heartily concur with all of these. I will honestly say that my life improved for the better when I did some spring cleaning and removed toxic people from my life. Yes, it means less socializing and a smaller friend list but it’s so worth it. also agree that everyone should travel solo at least once. And you are right…it doesn’t have to be some exotic location. There are fascinating things to see right in our own backyard.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    This comment made me smile. I am so happy to hear that after learning these lessons your life improved ten fold. It can be difficult ridding ourselves of people but as you said, it is so worth it. Bless you.

  • Kate 3 months ago Reply

    I think everyone should travel solo, it’s freeing and you learn about yourself without being hindered with another person.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Yes the first time I did, it was so scary but you live and you learn as you travel some more. It’s amazing.

  • Christy 3 months ago Reply

    ALL.OF.THIS! This is perfection, every part of this post

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you so much. That is so sweet of you.

  • Vivian 3 months ago Reply

    I really believe in cutting out toxic people! We all know them.. thanks for the advice~

    Vivian | LIVE IN LOVE
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    ~

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Yes toxic people will suck you dry and you won’t be able to get to where you need to be in life if you keep holding on.

  • Christie Moeller 3 months ago Reply

    Yes yes yes. I think truly believing in yourself is so important. We are our own worst critics.

    xoxo Christie
    http://www.icanstyleu.com/blog/

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    That is so true. I used to judge myself so harshly for such along time.

  • Anna 3 months ago Reply

    You’re so right, and the last point has been my biggest problem for a long time. I have too many passions and I never knew what to choose. I wanted it all! Blogging allows me to combine all of these passions so I feel that I’ve also finally found out what I’m meant to do (38 years later… ).

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    I love this. I know how it feels to want to do too much all at the same time I’m so happy you’ve discovered what your purpose in life is.

  • Kay 3 months ago Reply

    Great lessons here – solid advice!

  • Prerna Garg 3 months ago Reply

    I loved this post! What you’ve said is completely true and we all learn these things slowly through life!

    http://www.allshethings.com

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you for commenting. I truly appreciate it.

  • Iriediva 3 months ago Reply

    Great list. I’m yet to travel solo and need to really take that on one of these days

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Try to start in your community or country and build up from there. You’ll love it.

  • Adel 3 months ago Reply

    Very, very true. The first time a flew solo is since about 3 years ago and now I don’t want to change it.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    That’s fantastic. Keep traveling solo while exploring who you are and the world around you.

  • Sarag 3 months ago Reply

    Thisnso justbthe encouragement I needed today. Especially the part about toxic people. I recently discovered that my MIL is one of those toxic people and have been having doubts about cutting hee off… I needed to hear that my choices are my own to make. Thank you

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    You are welcome. This can be a very difficult decision to make regarding ridding your life of toxic people. Just remember that your state if mind is not worth keeping unhealthy people around, family or not.

  • Diana 3 months ago Reply

    I think everyone should travel solo.It can be difficult ridding ourselves of people but as you said, it is so worth it.

  • Allie 3 months ago Reply

    I love these! I have especially been working on getting rid of toxic people, and even though it was hard, I must say that I feel SO much better. I LOVE solo traveling, too. I actually met my husband when I randomly moved across the country for the summer (alone) and took a road trip up the entire coast of CA (alone). I love the freedom and just meeting people and making friends along the way (: Great list!q

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    This comment made me smile so hard. You are absolutely amazing!

  • Jocelyn 3 months ago Reply

    Some of life’s most important lessons are hard and a bit scary at first. Cleansing and removing toxic people is so crucial.

  • Esperanza Scotto 3 months ago Reply

    This is a great list of lessons to learn! I think I have worked through/am continuing to work through a lot of these lessons 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    It happens to all of us. Some even more than once. I had to learn some lessons twice on my journey to where I am now.

  • NikitaRose.com 3 months ago Reply

    Thanks for the read Dee!
    The Creative Interests and Hobbies Lesson is a good one. I have recently learnt this hard lesson and I am grateful to now include creative hobbies into my life again.
    xoxo
    Nikita
    NikitaRose.com

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you so much for commenting. Yes. For me, the creative interests and hobbies lesson was the most important one for me because it helped me to discover myself again. It helped me to discover a completely different side of myself.

  • Joy 3 months ago Reply

    Hi Dee! 🙂 This is great! One of the things I’m trying to do now is to travel solo soon. Its like trying to find yourself 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you so much. I hope you enjoy your solo travels and please do let me know more about them.

  • Maya Maceka 3 months ago Reply

    There’s a LOT of valuable info in this post Dee Dee. I think it’s so important for (women especially) to take the time to “find” themselves, develop their own interests and travel. Because at the end of the day, you need to work on yourself! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Yes! We need to work on ourselves. So many times we are so busy working on everyone else that we neglect our own needs.

  • Shoppers Gossip 3 months ago Reply

    I really love this post. I need to travel Solo…I hope this will help me grow my confident

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    I wish you the best in your travels. Go out there and have the time of your life.

  • Lucy Rachael 3 months ago Reply

    Beautiful post, I am definitely neglected my passions, and need to find my path. I’m on the way though, there was some great advice in this post. X

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you so much. I truly wish you all the best on your journey. I’m sure you’ll find yourself along the way

  • I couldn’t agree more with your list. Especially removing toxic people from your life and believing in yourself. Such important acts of self love that make a huge difference in your well being. ♡ Thanks for sharing!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    You are so welcome. I find removing toxic people to be one of the hardest things people have to do but it is all worth it in the end.

  • Nailil 3 months ago Reply

    This is really good advice. I agree with you, especially on riding of toxic people.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Thank you so much. Good luck on your journey!

  • jhilmil 3 months ago Reply

    These are so important lessons, definitely we have to believe in ourselves and remove the toxins we are surrounded by to achieve our goals and have a successful life.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    I completely agree with you. Thank you for visiting and commenting 🙂

  • Indrani 3 months ago Reply

    Yes very important lessons! I find pursuing a passion helps a lot.
    It helps forget all unnecessary and harmful toxins of life.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    I completely agree with you. This is one of the most important life lessons we can ever learn

  • Kurline Altes 3 months ago Reply

    I love how you embrace “process” in everything you do. Valuable life experiences are beat learned through one’s own experiences and not those of others. Your perspective reflects mine:). Life will teach you right?

    My Dee Dee's Diary 3 months ago Reply

    Yes life truly will as long as you are open to the lessons.

  • Jessica Taylor 1 month ago Reply

    I wish I would have rid my life of toxic people much sooner! I feel so much better now.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes it is amazing the difference in your life once those people are no longer negatively affecting your space.

  • Amber Myers 1 month ago Reply

    Yes, these are such important lessons. I have had to say goodbye to toxic people. It was tough at first, but then my life became SO much easier when they were gone. And I do love traveling solo!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That’s great. Good to know that your life just keeps getting better.

  • Loved this! I know that I had to learn lessons myself, as opposed to being told the outcome. I hate that it was like that, because I would have saved myself so much heartache.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yeah there were many times when I wished I could have been told the lesson but I believe that there are just some lessons you need to learn for yourself.

  • Sarah Bailey 1 month ago Reply

    Life teaches us so much, I don’t think we ever stop learning, each day can bring a new lesson and new way to look at some of the things going on around us. These are 5 great ones though.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    You are so right. Even after all that I have been through and everything I have learned. I am still learning new lessons everyday and it is great!

  • Joan 1 month ago Reply

    This is really great, I am with you about the toxic friends who just hang around yet you really don’t need them.I have none of that but as much as one can feel lonely, it’s so worth it.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    I agree. I prefer to be alone than to be surrounded by people who mean me no good.

  • Anosa 1 month ago Reply

    I have been traveling alone for 2+ years now and I can not advocate it enough, it is so important for personal growth and helps develop your confidence and self belief and teaches you more than what others would teach you

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is awesome. Travelling solo has so many benefits. Thanks for sharing your experience!

  • Milton Goh 1 month ago Reply

    Great tips for life! They are wisdom picked up from life experiences for sure! 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much!

  • maayan 1 month ago Reply

    I’m a bit older and have also learned many of these lessons over time. Definitely get rid of toxic people! Sometimes all we need is one good friend 🙂

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    A great friend can be a truly powerful thing. I fully agree 🙂

  • Sapna Krishnan 1 month ago Reply

    I loved your post. I was in the dumps a few months back and while I could slowly manage to figure everything, removing toxic people was the most difficult. You get so used to them that you think it’s normal to be treated like that by them. You live in denial for the longest but when you finally do accept the truth, and show them the door, life is SO beautiful.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Wow. Life truly is beautiful one you start cleaning up your life of the stuff that no longer matter. Good on you for doing this!

  • emmanuel damian 1 month ago Reply

    If there is one thing I have learned over the course of time, it’s believing in myself. You Need To Believe In Yourself because you decide your fate alone. Your choices will affect your life.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is so true. I strongly agree that the key to success begins with believing that you can.

  • Jay Colby 1 month ago Reply

    These are all great life lessons we need to learn. I resonate with riding ourselves of toxic people that was a challenge for me, but something I had to learn to do.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much. Once I learned each lesson, my life slowly began to improve and is still improving today.

  • Laurence 1 month ago Reply

    Great post! still working on believing in myself. But I traveled alone not just once but four times. and got rid of the people who have negative vibes. Love it!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Congratulations on all your accomplishments! I really enjoy reading such positive comments.

  • serena hale 1 month ago Reply

    Finding your purpose in life is one of the most important things on can do in life, otherwise we are wasting time. Traveling is a past time that I really need to do at least once by myself. Thanks for the tips.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    You’re welcome.:)

  • Tatjana 1 month ago Reply

    Great tips. Distancing oneself from toxic people is probably the most important and most difficult.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes it can be very difficult but it is truly worth it.

  • CurlyWhippedTee 1 month ago Reply

    Great post! I agree with us and think we need to here it more often.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much.

  • These are so good! I would love to travel solo, but I am even uncomfortable eating solo in a restaurant! Something I need to work on.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    It took me a while to become comfortable with the idea so I understand. The great thing is that you meet so many remarkable people when travelling.

  • Amber Stanfield 1 month ago Reply

    Such a great list! I am really working more on developing my own interests. I guess you could say that this past year has been one of trying to find myself, and appreciating all of the things that make me unique. Also love the tip about traveling solo at least once. I havent done that yet, but I plan to do this year!

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    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    I am loving all you’re doing to mature as a person and as an adult. It is so encouraging to see all of this. Trust me girl, once you travel solo you’ll learn so much more about yourself and what you’re capable of. 🙂

  • Laura Dove 1 month ago Reply

    Realising you need to rid of toxic people in your life is a real turning point. It made a real difference to me when I got rid of them, I became much happier!

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is so good to hear. Toxic people can really drain you of everything you have both physically and mentally.

  • Lavanda Michelle 1 month ago Reply

    These are great life lessons. I need to travel solo at least once.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you. Trust me, you will love it!

  • Cassie S 1 month ago Reply

    I am working on believing in myself more and more each day. This is very important when trying to pursue a career as a blogger. I would also love to travel solo once. I am sure it’s a great growing experience! Thanks for sharing this xx

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Congratulations on deciding to join the world of blogging! I am happy you are working on believing in yourself!

  • Dana Peller 1 month ago Reply

    Getting rid of toxic people in your life is essential for growth. You just never know who might be holding you back from achieving your full potential.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is so true. I learned that the hard way but am glad I did.

  • anshul 1 month ago Reply

    Solo traveling for last three years has taught me that unexpected is always the best and you must be ready for it.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Yes. I definitely learned that I should expect the unexpected and be ready to act when they occur.

  • Terri Beavers 1 month ago Reply

    This will sound crazy but I love traveling solo more than traveling with anyone. That way, I can see sights and do things on my slow pace (back pain). I’m going to use all of your tips to turn my year around.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is fanatstic. I know you can attest that travelling solo has so many benefits. Have great year and I hope you get to travel some more 🙂

  • Katrina Jean Carter 1 month ago Reply

    This was such an empowering article to read on a Monday morning 🙂
    I am happy to say that with your post, I am on the right track. Still lots to learn and grow from and I certainly need to get over my fear of travelling alone.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I am so happy to hear that you have learned many of these important lessons and continue to learn everyday. I do too.

  • LaToyia Dennis 1 month ago Reply

    This post made my day. I needed this read. I must plan a trip alone real soon….excellent advice.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Thank you so much. Have fun when you do go on that trip!

  • Holly B 1 month ago Reply

    Really great advice! I’ve been working on a few of these already and it has made a huge difference. I still have a few more to work on.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Glad to hear that you`re on your way. It took a while for me to learn these and I still learn new lessons everyday.

  • Kitty 1 month ago Reply

    I have not travelled anywhere myself but yes I do believe in being myself where ever I go ☺️👍🏻

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    You should definitely try to travel solo. It is such an amazing experience.

  • Ada 1 month ago Reply

    I travel a lot but have yet to travel solo. It’s definitely something I’m interested in doing soon.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    You will fall in love wit travelling all over again. Travelling solo really puts your mind in a completely different space. It`s great!

  • emma white 1 month ago Reply

    I love this post so inspiring and believing in myself is a change I certainly need to make this year

  • NURUL HAFIZAH 1 month ago Reply

    i’ve only done 3 out of the 5 you mentioned. I wish to travel solo and find my purpose.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    That is wonderful. I wish you the best and know you’ll have a great time travelling solo.

  • Wildish Jess 1 month ago Reply

    Ridding myself of toxic people is number one on my list. It’s crazy how much stress melts away when you do it.

    My Dee Dee's Diary 1 month ago Reply

    Toxic people really can drain you so much!

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