No one really wants to hear bitter truths about life, but they are essential for growth. If you’re thriving off surface-level pleasantries, your wake-up call is coming soon.
Okay, here are a few quick facts about life: nothing last forever and the planets do not revolve around you. But let’s hope you already know these obvious truths. However, there are many other life lessons that you certainly need to know.
Bitter truths that set you free
The truth, no matter how bitter it is, will set you free. But they may hurt like hell at first. And I hate to speak so frankly, but the thing is, you need someone to show you the real picture and what it takes to get through this life successfully. Instead of thriving from the evaporating thrill of flattery, consider a few bitter truths to really build your character.
1. Talents can be wasted
If there is something inside of you that screams to be set free, then tap into that feeling. It may be that this is the voice of your unique talent. And if you don’t recognize what you’re good at, it can be wasted in life. It could be that you’re not sure about your talents or you’re scared of the nagging feeling, but if you don’t push yourself, you may go through life pursuing the wrong goals.
2. Money does not equal happiness
Yes, money pays the bills and solves many financial problems, duh. But, in the end, no matter how much money you have, you may still be unhappy with life. The truth is, happiness does not come from wealth. Happiness comes from within. And if you can’t grasp this, you’ll keep chasing money and remain unsatisfied.
3. You will die, and you don’t know when
This may be a little morbid, but it’s time we’ve come to terms with this. One of the most important bitter truths in life is death. We all will die someday, and the chilling part is that we don’t know when that will be. That is why it is so important to make the most of your time, rest when you need to, and stay healthy. You will want to enjoy life as much as possible.
4. Your loved ones will die, and you don’t know when
I know it’s pretty much the same truth, but it is a little different. We do not feel the same about our loved ones as we do ourselves. Yes, we want to live for as long as possible, but when it comes to our loved ones, we become protective of them.
I think one of the hardest truths is knowing that someone you love may die before you and you cannot stop this. You don’t know the time or the place this will happen, and if you are trying to protect them, you might not be successful. We must all come to terms with our mortality.
5. It’s impossible to make everyone happy
I tried this many times, and it just doesn’t work. There’s one person in particular that I’ve realized will not be happy with anything I do. And so, I don’t worry too much about it anymore. Yes, I love them, but it’s draining when I’m constantly trying to satisfy them. You may know someone like this, too. It’s okay, you cannot please everyone all the time, so relax and do what you can.
6. No one really cares
Sometimes bitter truths can sound insulting. However, it’s important that you understand even the harshest of realities.
If you think people care about your problems to the point that they would drop what they’re doing and run to help you, then you’re sadly mistaken. People mostly care when it’s convenient for them or their families. While there are exceptionally kind people out there, for the most part, individuals thrive to please themselves.
7. Time is your most valuable possession
Money is nothing compared to time. Time allows you to change yourself, make peace with those you love, and build a legacy for those to come. Never waste time and always find ways to utilize spaces in your life that would otherwise be squandered chasing frivolous things. If you are financially content, focus on your time instead.
8. Reactions are as important as actions
It’s always a good idea to take positive action, but what about your reactions? Did you know that the way you react to situations frames the mood for the rest of the day, sometimes for the remainder of the week? It’s true. So, I’m just going to say this:
“Stop reacting negatively to things you cannot control. It’s draining and serves no purpose.”
Plus, reacting positively can enact positive change. Acceptance is sometimes the healthiest reaction to life’s issues.
9. Change will always happen
There are many people who absolutely hate change, especially when things are going their way. Well, nothing is constant, and I think I mentioned that earlier. There will always be changes happening in your life. When it’s good, it will get worse. When it’s bad, it will become good again. This interchange is just part of life.
So, it’s important that you have a flexible mindset. This will ensure your psychological health.
10. Live for now!
Don’t live in the past, don’t stress about tomorrow, and just live in the present moment. And, of course, it’s good to plan ahead. But what’s not healthy is worrying about potential problems that could arise a week from now.
If you find yourself struggling to sleep with racing thoughts, remind yourself that sleep is what matters for now. It helps. Whatever you’re doing right now, do it to the best of your ability.
Bitter truths are bittersweet
While some of these statements are jarring, they will help you in the long run. Truths, while they can be hard to take sometimes, are important when navigating life and making the most of your time. And life can be sweet when you reap the fruits of following the truth.
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