20 Things I Learned During My 20 years on Earth

Leo, Cheers, Birthday, Gatsby

Happy Birthday Sport!

I feel amazing right now. I am twenty years old. I am F#&KING TWENTY years old!

Bye bye teenage years, and hello 20s!

On the occasion of my birthday, I would like to share with you 20 things that I have learned in these 20 years of living, learning, failing, growing, and smiling. These are not the only things I learned, but they sure are some of the most important ones.

Go through each of these points; they are short but are profound. I bet you will resonate with at least five.

  1. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
  2. Be in a relationship with a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational skills will be as important as any other.
  3. When you say, “I love you,” mean it.
  4. When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in the eye.
  5. Believe in love at first sight.
  6. Invest in yourself. It is the most important investment you will ever make.
  7. Your dreams are your responsibility. You are responsible to make it happen.
  8. Never laugh at anyone’s dreams. People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
  9. Love deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.
  10. In disagreements, fight fairly. Please No name calling.
  11. Appreciate and be grateful for small things in your life.
  12. Talk slowly but think quickly.
  13. When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to know?”
  14. Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  15. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  16. Remember the three R’s:
    Respect for self;
    Respect for others;
    Responsibility for all your actions.
  17. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  18. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  19. Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice.
  20. Spend some time alone.


  1. Go for a walk in nature often. It makes you feel alive.
  2. Savor your food. Don’t watch TV or use mobile while you eat.
  3. Hug a friend everyday. Thank them for being a part of your life.
  4. Write in your journal. Write down about your day in great detail.
  5. JBN (Just Be Nice)
  6. Read Devour books.
  7. Avoiding unhappiness is not the path to happiness. Happiness comes from being conscious of the present moment, not worrying about the future or resenting the past.
  8. Simplify. If you want something, take it. If you love someone, say it. Your time here is limited.
  9. Do what you love, and do it often.
  10. Don’t stress about life so much. Everything is going to be OK.

Hope you liked this post. If you did, do give it a thumbs up and share it to your friends. It would be a great gift for me 😀

Atul Pradhananga



2 thoughts on “20 Things I Learned During My 20 years on Earth

  1. wow what a great list! i also like reading autobiographies. and i like reading classic fictions like harry potter, lord of the rings etc again and again.

    • Thanks Tashi. Autobiographies are awesome! I recently read an autobiography of Malcom X. It was intense.

      I haven’t read a single book by J.K Rowling, but planning to dive into the harry potter world during my vacation 😀

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