1. Quality vs quantity
It doesn’t matter how many bonds you make if none of them are genuinely sincere. People come together for various reasons, but the glue that holds them together is loyalty and respect. If majority of your friendships are just to up your social and political game, well, in that case, once the game ends, so will your friendships. Opt for quality over quantity. It’s the bonds that last that matter.
2. Everyone comes with baggage
It may be the unassuming colleague, the life of the party, or the stranger who just passed by. Every single one of them lugs with them emotional baggage, whether or not you know their story. It may be concealed behind their smiles, or disguised by their nonchalant facades. Unless you know their story, you never really know someone, so don’t be too quick to judge or bear grudges.
3. Bullying is real
You don’t say goodbye to bullies the moment you throw your mortarboard in the air. Don’t start the celebrations too soon. The hard truth is, regardless of age or stage of life, bullies are the only constant. Bullies thrive on negativity and manipulate and rally people around them to spread ill will. Throughout your childhood, you may have let them bullies sucker punch you. Bullies thrive in positions of empowerment and in your late twenties, it’s time to pluck up some nerve, awaken the dormant kraken in you and stand up for yourself. It’s now or never.
4. People are going to disappoint you
If the early 20s have taught you anything, it’s not to get your hopes up. Now that you’re in your late twenties, it’s still best not to get your hopes up. Be it cancelled trips, stood-up dates, abrupt phone calls, fake friendships, and the list goes on, you’re going to be disappointed, one way or another. If there’s one takeaway, it’s to expect nothing. No one with zero expectations ever got disappointed.
5. You’re only halfway there
Broken relationships? Unfulfilled dreams? Unspoken words? It’s still not too late to mend these regrets. You’ve still got half your life ahead of you. But that’s not saying take your own sweet time. Every second ticking away is another hope dissipating. Good things come to those who hustle. Waste another minute and you might as well see the other half of your life flash before your eyes.