On the joy ride of life, here are 8 lessons most of us wish we knew earlier.

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Life’s nothing but a roller coaster. There are so many ups and downs. It’s unpredictable. You don’t know what’s going to happen next. All you know is you’re in it, going with the flow, living in the moment. There’s so much to learn from life. Most of which we learn super late and then regret. Consider this perhaps a reality check. If you’re like me, who knows everything but was just waiting for a sign, maybe a text, an article, or anything at all, this is it. Here are 5 such lessons that people learn really late in life.

• Important people come and go, and that’s okay.

There are going to be a whole lot of people you’ll meet in your life. Some get that special place on your heart and life. Unfortunately, the most important people in your life can become strangers overnight. Fortunately, absolute strangers can become the most important people in your life overnight. This process hurts, but if you accept it, it serves to improve the quality and sustainability of the people in your life.

• Sometimes losing is your biggest win

When we lose someone or something really precious to us, we often chase it. We desperately want it back. We try and we try. It’s really tough for us but it’s this time when we realize our worth. We believe things are going to be fine. We let it go and work on ourselves. We teach ourselves to live without it and that, my friends, is a big win. Letting go is not easy, but you did it. You won.

• It’s alright to let people down to be happy

You and your mental health are more important than your career, your money, and most importantly other people’s opinions. It’s okay to take your time. It’s alright to dip for the party you said you’d attend. If taking care of yourself means letting someone down, then let someone down. Your self-love must always be stronger than your desire to please others.

• Appreciate people when you have the time

Like I said before, life is unpredictable. You never know what’s going to happen next. So live in the moment. Appreciate people. Tell your loved ones how much they mean to you. Life’s short, make the best out of it.

• The fun is yours. Define it.

If you really want to live life and enjoy it, don’t subscribe to other people’s definition of “fun”. Different people get joy from different things. The fun doesn’t have to mean drinking, partying, and socializing. The fun cab is a night in solitude, a deep conversation with someone who understands you, a long walk, creating art, playing music, or doing works that you love. Your fun belongs only to you, make sure you define it and own it.