Life Lessons: Acceptance

One of the things I’ve come to love most about life is the lessons I learn along the way. Most of them are usually hard lessons to learn….because let’s face it, usually the right decision or path in life is not always the easiest. However, every time I was faced with a decision, although it may have been hard… it always ended up being worth it. That being said…life lessons are something that are important and you should hold dear to you because you never know when someone will need a bit of advice from you that relates to their life.

That being said, a recent life lesson I’ve learned is ‘Acceptance’. This may seem like a “common sense” type of lesson, but in reality it’s something that people can easily take for granted. With your friends and family comes a lot of different personalities and characteristics. This also pertains to your work environment. When these different personalities collide, it can be hard to get along or understand why someone is the way they are. People tend to compare other people to themselves. That’s why…if someone is different than you, you may think they’re “weird” or “annoying”. This is common for young people to do because they haven’t quite learned how to accept someone for who they are. Just because someone is different than you doesn’t mean that they are “abnormal”, it just means they are their own, individual person.

Learning to accept who someone is can come in to full affect when you live with someone. Sharing a living space means everyone is in close quarters, and this can get overwhelming at times. Although the people living together may have differences, there are still ways to learn to live with them. If something bothers you that the person does, let them know that it bothers you and tell them a way they can help fix it. Let them know that you are open to hearing feedback from them as well. Don’t have this conversation when you are angry or frustrated because it may come off as disrespectful or rude. Chances are, if you’re living with this person, you care about them, so you don’t want to taint the relationship by saying something that could hurt their feelings. Even if you have just recently met the person (like a new roommate in college), you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot or live with frustration because you two don’t get along.

Once you learn to accept who the person is and that chances are…you’re not going to change them…you will probably get along much better and be able to live a little easier. One thing people tend to forget is that no one is perfect…and everyone is different. If everyone was the same as each other, we would live in a pretty boring world! Being around and getting to know different people will help you grow & learn new things….so try to embrace everyone you meet with open arms….you never know how someone may change your life. 🙂

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