As we’re wrapping up this year, here’s a one last post. These are the fifteen life lessons I learned in 2015:
- Never compare yourself to others, there are always people who are better or worse off than you.
- You’re never too old to start something new. Thinking “this will take me at least a year to learn” might sound intimidating now, but if you wait, you’re going to look back in a year and think “man I wish I had started this a year ago”.
- Never say anything when angry. Words said in anger can only be forgiven, not forgotten.
- There’s a great quote by Jon Acuff: “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”. It's very tempting to compare the start of your new adventure to the middle of someone else’s. And it’s demoralising. Just remember that this is your beginning and you’re going to suck at it for a while. Just give it time.
- If you have any doubt about committing, something's missing. When you know, you know, and there will be no doubt.
- The greatest gift you can give someone is your time. You’re giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.
- If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.
- Never ever say anything bad about your Ex. Nothing good comes out of it. If you have something to say, write it down on a letter and address it to yourself in the future. All those things are going to seem petty and meaningless later on.
- It’s better to spend more time listening than talking.
- If you think highly of a person, tell it to them immediately. Don’t wait until their funeral because by then they won’t be around to hear it.
- Never try to win a fight or an argument with your loved one. While you might win the fight, you’ll end up losing something way more valuable.
- Sometimes good things do happen after 2am.
- Always choose personality over looks, style, and hype.
- Confidence is a funny thing. Too little confidence, and you’re unable to act; too much confidence, and you’re unable to hear. Finding the right balance is the key.
- It’s much better to be interested than to be interesting.
That’s it, let’s hope 2016 is a more eventful year. Happy New Years everybody!