Things I learned While 20

There’s a lot of things that I’m learning in my 20’s. Okay so I’m just 20, but I have learned a lot this year! I learned that life is basically work, relationships, and personal growth, and of course growing in your relationship with God. I’ve accepted that I will basically be working every single day of my life for the rest of life. I never thought my life would be this way, but I’m thankful. I guess when your a kid you think life’s just going to be easy and breezy all the time. But life is hard work. But the thing about hard work is that it is very rewarding. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I also have learned that life is “survival of the fittest.” This may sound controversial but hear me out. The people that have a positive mindset, are motivated, productive, have a good attitude, are hardworking, the ones that endure, and the people who don’t let emotions direct their life are the ones that are going to make it. And obviously the people that have God on there side, duh! At least, from what I can observe, these qualities are the qualities that push people to great things. I’ve also learned that a career path is like a long ladder. You start from the bottom and work your way up. College gets you ahead, starting a business is a leap up or down the ladder depending on the success of the business. Either way, we’re all gathering skills and progressing in life or settling and staying where were at. It reminds me of the Bible verse,

Luke 12:48 New Living Translation (NLT)

48 But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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God has given us so many gifts and talents and we are to use them for His Glory. As I’m finishing up my second year of school, going into my third year, I’m excited for all that my career has to offer. My social work program is teaching me so much.

I’ve also adopted this new motto (okay so kinda old, but new for me) and it is “Now or Never.” I’ve written it on my mirror and keep reminding myself of this saying everyday. I’ve learned that if I don’t do things in the present moment I’ll most likely never get to them. I’ve applied this to school, exercise, and personal growth. It’s been very motivating! It really puts things into perspective. God only asks for today. So, each and everyday I (try) to do things that will advance/grow me and I just focus on “today.”

As I’m quickly approaching 21 years old, I also am recalling my journey with anxiety and depression this last year. All I can say is that God has been my strength and has taught me so much about being an overcomer. After moving twice, having different jobs, and doing school through it all, I’ve had to take charge of my life and battle my obstacles head on. I had to learn how to not let them reign in my life. Anxiety and depression, being one constant and nagging reoccurrence, I learned how confront them with force. I just said no. I told myself that it wasn’t happening today. I told anxiety to shut up and told depression to lighten up. Anxiety and depression still come back here and then. But they don’t own me. I get up, learn their battle tactics, and I fight. I win, because He has already won. This year I pushed myself to new and amazing limits. Praise God.

I have also learned that confidence is a choice. I can choose to be happy with how God has made me. I can choose be happy with who I am. It’s ultimately up to me to walk in that confidence. Knowing this has effected the way I walk through my day to day life. It changes they way I interact with people and my responsibilities. I learned that insecurity is like building upon sand. Insecurity is unstable. It causes emotions to range and waver. It’s draining! The key to confidence is owning it. When you truly believe that you are confident, you become it. Sounds cliche, but true.

I learned so much this last year. I’m forever grateful for all that God has taught me.

What have you learned this year? Comment below.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Grace and peace.

Nicole Zintzun

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