15 lessons in life I wish I had learned earlier

Adriano Harwood
2 min readJul 5, 2022

Life is what you make it.

Photo by Aziz Acharki on Unsplash

At the age of fifty, I am not what you would consider old or over the hill however here are 15 things in life I wish I had learned earlier. All I can say is if you don’t stop and look around at life you might just miss it altogether.

Number 1

I wish I understood that having a mental illness is not funny.

Number 2

I wish I learned martial arts as it is a necessary (essential) in today’s world.

Number 3

I wish I had realized that money is not everything in life but it takes the sting out of being poor.

Number 4

I wish I realized that it’s never too late to get an education.

Number 5

I wish I had realized that friendship beats material gain every time.

Number 6

I wish I had learned to play a musical instrument earlier in life.

Number 7

I wish I had traveled somewhere different at least once a year.

Number 8

Your biggest advocate in life is your family I wish I had kept them closer

Number 9

I wish I understood that you should never forget where you came from.

Number 10

I wish I had supported a charity earlier in life as one day I found out I needed one

Number 11

I wish I had walked my own path sooner in life.

Number 12

I wish I had put my name to something important

Number 13

I wish I had looked after my health earlier in life

Number 14

I wish I had learned to live and let live

Number 15

I wish I had realized that having no friends is not funny either

Written by Adriano Harwood



Adriano Harwood

mental health suffer and freelance journalist in the making