Today I turn 24, and one year closer to my quarter life crisis. (JK.) I’ve never been one to look back, but this year I have realized how much I have learned and overcome. These are just 24 of the life lessons I’ve learned over the years, and maybe they will help you guys as well.
And I just want to say, I’m not sorry for the excess of cliches in this post.
1- It’s okay to be yourself and to be comfortable in your own skin. Embracing who you are will come with time, be patient.
2- Don’t be in such a rush to grow up. Enjoy being young and not having responsibilities for as long as you can. Seriously. It’s a trap.
3- Love on your grandparents while you can. Your time with them is already limited, make sure you take advantage of all the love and advice they wish to give.
4- Learn to say no, and don’t be a people-pleaser. There is a difference between being nice and seeking approval from everyone. You will NEVER please everyone, don’t waste your time trying to do so.
5- Learn to say yes! Don’t hold yourself back from things because you fear judgement or failure. And when in doubt, take the first small step.
6- Those who mind, don’t matter; those who matter, don’t mind. The things that seem like a big deal to you are not a big deal to someone else. You are your own worst critic.
7- Family is the most important part of your life. Look after those relationships, let them grow.
8- Home is where you make it. It isn’t in one place, it’s in many places. It’s with the people you love, and where you feel safe, comfortable, and happy.
9- Allow yourself to make mistakes. Human error is natural, and you are not a lesser person because of it.
10- Don’t dwell on the past. You can’t change what has already happened, but you can learn from it. Don’t dwell on the future either, there isn’t any use in worrying about something that might or might not happen.
11- Take care of yourself, mind and body. As you have been taught to treat others, treat yourself with respect.
12- You are a combination of the five people you spend the most time with. If you want to change your life, change the people you surround yourself with.
13- It’s better to have one good friend than a thousand acquaintances. Surround yourself with people who love and care about you, and let go of fair weather friendships.
14- Trust your gut. If something seems fishy, it probably is.
15- No one will love you as much or as unconditionally as your parents do.
16- Communication is the key to every relationship. Nothing is ever solved without action, and life isn’t a sci-fi novel. No one can read your mind.
17- Don’t compare yourself to others. There will always be someone with more money, a better body, a better (perceived) relationship, etc. Life isn’t a race, you will reach your milestones at your own pace.
18- Intelligence comes in many forms, and just because you aren’t good at one thing doesn’t mean you won’t be good at another. Intelligence comes from work ethic and a passion to learn.
19- Timing is everything.
20- Be kind to those who have wronged you, and forgive them. Don’t waste your energy holding grudges.
21- Everyone is going through something. Don’t be quick to judge, and understand that everyone has their demons.
22- Social Media is not reality. People often live their best social media lives when their real life is in shambles. Don’t base your confidence or self worth on the amount of likes or followers you have.
23- What doesn’t kill you really will make you stronger.
24- Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things. #Wisdom