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Life Lessons to Remember in 2020

A lot of people create resolutions for the new year, but I don't because I always have goals I'm working towards. Instead, I like to remind myself of a few life lessons every year as I move forward. I do this because I feel like we tend to forget a lot of the "simple" things we learn over the years—like how to be nice to strangers, how to listen, etc... So here are the life lessons I'm choosing to remember and pay closer attention to in 2020:

Life Lesson #1: Be Nice

As a born-midwesterner and military brat, I was raised to have manners. That means saying “thank you,” “you’re welcome,” “excuse me,” and all those other pleasant phrases.

I cannot tell you the number of times people have let doors slam in my face when I was right behind them or gotten mad at me because I said “excuse me” as I tried to maneuver around them while they were blocking an aisle in the grocery store. It blows my mind how common courtesies have seemingly disappeared.

Can we all agree to just be nice to each other? You never know what kind of day someone’s having and using your manners only takes a second.

Life Lesson #2: No Trolling On The Internet

This needs to stop. People need to stop hiding behind their online faces and stop picking fights. It’s unnecessary and it's not funny. Instead of arguing with strangers or hurling insults on them, you should take the time to focus on your own life and ask yourself why you feel it's necessary to hurt someone else. Someone who's done nothing to hurt you.

Life Lesson #3: Have An Open Mind

Not a single person on this planet has or will have the exact same life experience as you.

And you know what?

That's really freaking cool because that's what makes our planet so unique and diverse. That's what allows all these amazing inventions and innovations to come into existence.

Now, I’m not saying that you’ll always understand someone or that you have to agree with them, because you won't. BUT! It is important to at least try to understand where they're coming from. At the end of the day, they might open your mind to a new perspective, or you might just leave the conversation just as confused as when you entered it. The important thing is, you tried. You tried to understand because ultimately, you'd want someone else to listen to your thoughts and views as well.

There you have it! Those are the 3 life lessons I'm trying to remember as I navigate life in 2020. Got any good life lessons you want to share? Drop a comment!

And as always, thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog. I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start!

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