8 life lessons at 28

Riel M
6 min readMay 15, 2021

I turned 28 last week and the days before, I took the time to reflect and retrospect on the past 27 years. I must say, I’ve learned a lot from them, especially last year where I felt life, in general, took a toll on me, and looking back, I can’t help but give myself a tap on the back for being able to go through them.

I’m just so damn proud of myself.

Thus, in this article, I won’t be giving 8 design lessons but rather 8 life lessons I’ve learned for the past years, and give a few personal experiences of how I learned them. I hope you’ll get something out of this.

1. Choose your struggles wisely

You have to learn to pick your battles. Know which battles you are willing to exhaust all your energy, time, and patience.

It was in university that I learned this lesson. I really wanted to be a musician, but later on, in my professional life, I realized that if I went through the path of being one, I’m not willing to take on the struggles that go with it. I can’t sit all day reading music sheets, practicing to hit the right keys…