Happy Monday! This past Friday was my birthday, so maybe I should have written this then, but I was busy out with friends. It’s lovely to be reminded by people just how much they care about you sometimes. These past few months (okay, years) have been times of HUGE transition and learning, so I thought I’d share with you 23 things I’ve learned by my 23rd year.
1. Traveling is the very best way to learn… anything and everything. Expand your horizons, expand your world view.
2. Be your best self. Possibly the best lesson I learned from my Jr. Miss days.
3. Some people are meant to change your life, but not stay in it, and that’s ok. Let them go.
4. It’s much better to be grateful than to be angry.
5. It’s ok to lean on your friends sometimes. They will hold you up willingly until you can stand again. You don’t have to do it alone. Asking for help is a showing of strength.
6. Use your past to teach you, but look back too often.
7. Smiling really will help yo make new friends, even if it feels silly sometimes.
8. If it’s worth it, it won’t be easy. This is true in life, love, school, work, everything.
9. It’s always a good time to say “I love you” to the people you care about. Overuse isn’t something to worry about.
10. A good pedicure and chocolate can cure a lot of pains. Music can too.
11. Sometimes strength means holding on, but sometimes it means knowing when it’s time to let go.
12. When you do find love. Treasure it, hold on to it, and make it a priority. It is so worth it.
13. You can learn something from everyone.
14. Self-care is not selfish, it’s essential.
15. Be kind to people. You never know what battle someone else may be facing and you never know what kind of an impact you may make on them. Make sure your influence is a positive one.
16. Let yourself love. My heart has always been wide open and I let in more people than I probably should, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I will love and loose and learn and then love again every time. I am a better version of me when my heart has people to love.
17. Live your own definition of success. Don’t let others’ expectations of you get in the way of achieving what makes you feel the best.
18. Pictures of people you love and drawings from children on your wall can really make a place feel like home.
19. Other people aren’t perfect, but neither am I. (Far from it, actually) It is important to forgive. You will need forgiveness too sometimes.
20. Promises are worth keeping.
21. Go to college, dang it. The four years I spent there were the years I’ve grown and changed the most as a person, and learned who I was and wanted to be.
22. Learn a new language. Or 2. It will expand your understanding of people and the world so much.
23. Life will go on and it will be worth sticking around for.
I’ve only been on the Earth for a short time. What are some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far in this life?