I found out that I didn’t have to eat animals.
For the first 19 years of my life, I remained completely ignorant to the fact that my body didn’t require things like beef, chicken, fish, milk, cheese, or eggs in order to be healthy. After cutting all of those things out of my diet completely, I actually started to thrive.
What I was unaware of for so long was not only how much of a negative impact the consumption of animals and their secretions had on my own health, but also how significant of a damage the production of animal products caused to our planet. Had I known all of that earlier, I could have prevented the suffering of thousands of innocent animals, kept my body in a much cleaner and more alkaline state, and prevented the extra damage to the environment.
I found out that there was an herb for every single ailment under the Sun.
Mother nature has provided us with everything we need to enjoy vibrant health. For every man-made drug, there is a natural alternative that doesn’t have harmful side-effects.
Nature has even put medicine right in our food and gave clear indications on what food should be used for what purpose. One of the ways in which nature communicates with us is through the doctrine of signatures. That means that different foods resemble different organs and parts of the body which they benefit.
For example, a walnut resembles the brain, a fig resembles a testis, and an avocado resembles the womb.
I found out that money wasn’t evil.
Where I grew up, the subject of money was considered a taboo, and those with money were generally not spoken of in the highest terms. It almost seemed as if money were evil. What I find ironic is that everyone would spend most of their day working hard to obtain that “evil” and then use it to pay for basic life’s necessities.
In my teenage years, I began to realize that money was neither evil nor good—it was just energy; a tool that’s totally neutral. This new attitude towards money completely changed my relationship with it.
I found out that hard work alone doesn’t lead to success.
For most of my life, I always heard, “Work hard and you will be successful.” Well, I learned that I wasn’t being told the whole truth.
There’s no doubt that hard work is an essential component of success, but it’s not the only one. Almost anywhere we look, we can see people who’ve worked extremely hard for 20, 30, and 40 years without much to show for it.
Why is that?
Well, perhaps they haven’t been working smart; haven’t been creative and innovating; haven’t been doing the right things at the right time (timing is very important); maybe they have never fully believed in their skills, abilities or themselves; or perhaps they simply have no goals or vision.
I found out that nobody owed me anything.
It took me some time before I understood that no one owed me any hand-outs and that the only one who was responsible for my life was me.
After coming to this realization, I finally stopped depending on and waiting for others to do something that would improve my life situation and instead I took massive action to pursue my dreams and turn my vision into reality.
Eliminating the sense of entitlement and dependency allowed me to realize my potential and take charge of my destiny.
I found out that playing victim wouldn’t benefit me in the long-run.
As a young boy, I used to play victim a lot. Why? Because it made others feel bad for me, and in turn, it would help me get what I desired (things, attention, etc.).
Then, one day, I realized that what I was doing was basically giving away my power.
The reason why playing victim is so dangerous is because it creates victim consciousness which we later end up operating from (unconsciously) and in turn become powerless. If I had continued with that self-destructive behavior, it would have eventually ruined my life.
I found out that life is always fair.
Growing up, I often heard people say that “life isn’t fair.” Little did I know that the life they were experiencing was their own making.
If you ask me now, I’ll tell you that life is always fair and just.
While none of us can deny the tremendous amount of pain and suffering in this world, I believe that ultimately everything happens for a reason, and that there are no accidents, coincidences, or random events.
I strongly believe that we do reap what we sow, even if the reaping doesn’t happen in this lifetime.
I found out that the universe is neutral.
The universe doesn’t play favorites. Just because we see ourselves as “good” or “righteous” doesn’t mean things will always go our way.
The truth is that there are natural laws that govern this planet and if we choose to disobey any of those laws, we shall pay the price. It’s a simple as that.
I found out that being a good-hearted person isn’t enough.
Growing up, I saw a lot of suffering. What I didn’t understand however was why it always seemed to have been the good-hearted, loving people who were going through the most trials and tribulations. I realized that a large reason for that was the fact that they lacked knowledge. That allowed others to take advantage of them.
In order to make it in this world, having a good heart isn’t enough. We have to also be equipped with knowledge and wisdom so that we can make intelligent choices and be in control of our destiny.