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I cel­e­brat­ed my birth­day with my fam­i­ly and child­hood friends some­where in Batan­gas; It was great; I was hap­py that after so many years; we got reunit­ed with our child­hood friends after almost 8 years since we left our house in the sub­di­vi­sion we grew up because my grand­par­ents coerced us to vacate the house.

What do I feel right now? Mixed emo­tions. I don’t under­stand why; it feels like I’m excit­ed because there are still 3 years ahead before I will turn 30, some­how sad because I haven’t reached my tip­ping point yet and I’m still con­fused about what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life. As many as the plans, I have, only God knows the out­come.

In our lives, it is inevitable to don’t have frus­tra­tions in life. There are things you wish you knew so we can avoid that mis­takes. Mis­takes are unavoid­able, some­times we cre­ate it but some­times it is God-ordained so that God’s glo­ry will be revealed in us.

So here are the 27 things I wish I knew before I turned 27:

1. Eat rejec­tion for break­fast. 

I fear rejec­tion. I’ve been turned down a lot of times in a job appli­ca­tion because I can’t speak Eng­lish, been turned down for a pro­mo­tion, what hurts the most is when some­one reject­ed the love and care you are offer­ing.

I learned the hard way of deal­ing with rejec­tion. I wish some­one had told me before that it is okay to eat rejec­tion for break­fast some­times. 

2. Train your heart to be tough. 

While the world teach­es us to think, I don’t think it will pre­pare our hearts to be tough. 

Only pain and per­se­ver­ance can make a heart strong.

Train your heart for every crit­i­cism you get.

Train your heart to receive a no.

Train your heart to fight when it seems you lose.

Because you’ll appre­ci­ate that life is worth it when you take risks.

3. Respond, don’t react.

Lis­ten and process what the oth­er per­son is say­ing. 

Respond in a pos­i­tive way. 

React­ing to a sit­u­a­tion will only wors­en the prob­lem.

4. Have a plan A‑Z.

Some plans will not work out, so bet­ter be pre­pared than left with no options. Carpe diem!

5. Life begins at the end of your com­fort zone.

6. What­ev­er you want in life is on the oth­er side of fear.

7. Some­times it is good to ques­tion what we believe. Don’t believe what just oth­ers will say.

8. Be sur­round­ed with the peo­ple who you want to become.

9.  God is sov­er­eign. I believe in Total Deprav­i­ty; apart from God, we can do noth­ing. 

10. True love artic­u­lates in deeds of sac­ri­fices.

11. Always give oth­ers ben­e­fit of the doubt.

12. Being afraid to speak out is like being afraid to be reject­ed because you think your idea might not good as what oth­ers might have.

13. To live is not to mar­ry. To live is not to raise chil­dren. To live is not to find “the one.” To live is Jesus Christ.

14. Don’t stress the small things. 

If God can take care of some­thing as big as our sin, every­thing else is a piece of cake.”  — Jar­rid Wil­son

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15. “If your actions inspire oth­ers to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” - John Quin­cy Adams

16. “Lead­er­ship is serv­ing.” — Steve Murell

17. Noth­ing in this world that’s worth hav­ing comes easy.

18. Stop com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers. You have your own bat­tles. You have your own jour­ney. If you only focus on devel­op­ing your­self, you are already one step ahead for those who nev­er does.

19. If it’s worth it, it’s worth the risk.

20. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll nev­er know what tomor­row will bring.

21. God nev­er demands any­thing that Je does not pro­vide for. What­ev­er God com­mands us to do, He equips us to do. — Myles Munroe

22. We were meant to live for so much more. 

23. Your pur­pose must be big­ger than your­self.

24. Doing a work that you don’t like at all is dehu­man­iz­ing.

25. Don’t work 8 hours for a com­pa­ny then go home and not work on your own goals. You’re not tired, you’re unin­spired.

26. Matu­ri­ty hap­pens when we dis­cour­age child­ish habits.

27. Oh, I think this is the last one, but it’s just the begin­ning. Enter­ing late 20’s, feels like a bit of thrill and I just want­ed to go back in my ear­ly 20’s. 

Well, age is just a num­ber as they say. I am excit­ed with what’s ahead, will I get mar­ried after 3 years?, will I change career? I don’t know as only God knows. Nev­er­the­less, I have to focus on the present first. 

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