26 Things I've Learned in 26 Years

by Marie Ann Altuve on Jun 01, 2022


  1. Don’t worry if you don’t have anything figured out.
  2. Knowledge is power.
  3. Family comes first.
  4. Knowing when to walk away from something that no longer serves you (friendships, jobs, etc.)
  5. It’s about the little things in life (i.e. the way birds chirp first thing in the morning, how bees spread pollen, the way the sky changes when the sun sets, how you woofers spoons with you, etc.).
  6. Communication is important. Being able to listen and understand and empathize with others is so important.
  7. Know your skills and your limitations so that you can let others shine where you fall short.
  8. Don’t ever settle.
  9. Do what you love and love what you do.
  10. Life’s too short to not be with the ones you love and to not tell the ones you love that you love them.
  11. Stop worrying so much about everything because everything works out in the end. Everything happens for a reason and you must be accepting to change.
  12. If something makes someone happy, don’t question it or judge them for it.
  13. Smile more (people take your RBF seriously and will think wrongly of you).
  14. Give more compliments (it can make anyone’s day and you might be the only one who makes a persons day because of it).
  15. Sometimes you need to grab your lady balls and do what needs to be done.
  16. Your opinion isn’t the only correct opinion.
  17. Don’t speak to your friends and family about politics and religion unless you want to lose/break those relationships. Only speak about it to those who can handle a little questioning.
  18. Always be kind. You never know what anyone is going through.
  19. Respect yourself and expect the same respect towards you (or how they said it elementary, “treat others how you want to be treated”).
  20. It’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve.
  21. Don’t put negativity out into the world. More negativity attracts more negativity.
  22. Take care of yourself. Make your mental and physical health a priority.
  23. Forget about the "nobodies" aka somebody who adds NO value to your life.
  24. Surround yourself with people who'd mention your name in a room full of opportunities.
  25. Once you start believing in yourself, the game will forever change. 
  26. In a world full of No's, keep fighting for that one Yes.