Life is a non-stop learning experience. People and the world in which we live are unpredictable and always changing, which means life is never the same day to day. Because of this, you can learn a great deal from life, if you start paying attention and stop fighting the experiences that have so much to teach you. Here are four lessons that you can only learn by living life and paying attention to its words of wisdom.

Lesson 1. Good Things Come with a Higher Price

One lesson that life will continue to teach you time and again is that those things that are best for you will be the ones you work hardest to attain. We all know that the best things in life aren’t free, but life has a way of making you pay the hardest for those things that are ultimately better for you. That’s because, for us to really appreciate these lessons and enjoy the things we can attain, we have to work hard, we have to realize our own strength by overcoming obstacles to get it, and we grow in the process of reaching that dream. Those things in life that you will most value and enjoy will also help you grow and change as a person, which means they will not just fall into your lap but will instead need to be earned.

Lesson 2. There are No Quick Fixes in Life

Another lesson that some people struggle their whole lives to learn is that the only real change that happens in life is because you show up each day, you try a little harder, you do things consistently, and, over time, you make changes that last a lifetime. The most important thing you can do is to commit to making one slight change every day instead of waiting for the day you magically wake up a new person. Nothing happens just because you want it to, and no real change will occur unless it becomes a habit or routine, which takes practice and persistence. So, stop waiting for things to change or get better and start today with incremental changes that will make that happen.

Lesson 3. The Only Person that Matters is You

People may judge you or have strong opinions about what you should do. But those people do not have to live your life or deal with the consequences of your choices. They do not have the same values as you, the same life experiences as you, or even the same goals as you. We are all different, and that is why, when it comes to making choices about your life and choosing the best actions for you, the only person’s opinion that really matters is your own. You do not need to worry about what others are doing, saying, or thinking. You do not need to worry about if they approve. The only thing that matters is that you approve, that you are happy, and that your choices are in line with your beliefs and values.

Lesson 4. You Can’t Fight Change

While our minds are amazingly comfortable when things stay the same and life is predicable, life has other plans. Change is inevitable. It is going to happen, whether you like it or not. And the more you fight against change or try to keep life the same as it always has been, the more you will be missing out on life and hutting yourself in the long run. Change and getting outside your comfort zone may seem scary, but this is how you grow, evolve, and learn. And life without learning and evolution means you will miss out on new opportunities, never set new goals for yourself, and live the same day repeatedly until you die. Stop fearing change and learn to embrace it, and you will finally be able to enjoy some of life’s most powerful lessons.