21 Lessons in 21 Years

21 years may not seem long to most, but that does not mean in any way that I have not learned a million and one lessons. Luckily, I narrowed it down to 21.

 
 

You will be wrong, and it's important you admit it.

Swallow your pride and own up to it. You're not always going to be right.

 

You don't have to know what you want to do right out of high school.
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You can change your mind 500 times if that helps you find your passion. Just because someone else knows what they want to do doesn't mean yo have to. Take your time, you'll find your niche.

 

Not all of your high school friends will last throughout college.
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The friends that are meant to stay in your life will, but know that not everyone will. You'll keep some friends for years, but you'll lose touch with some too.

 

It's okay to be cautious, but don't shut everyone out.

You don't have to let everyone in immediately, but it can also get lonely if you don't trust anyone.

 

Breathe.

Slow down. You don't have to do everything at once.

 

Trust your gut.

If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. If you have a gut feeling, listen to it.

 

Sometimes you just need to binge watch Netflix and eat chocolate.

Mental health days are so needed. Your mind and your body need that rest, so when you feel yourself getting overwhelmed take a day off to do nothing. Naps and long showers are also essential!

 

Appreciate your parents.

They're getting older, too.

 

Loss will teach you what is important.

It hurts, but it will be a wake up call.

 

Independence is key.

Make your own plans, make your own goals, be your own person.

 

Your hair will always grow back.

Cut it, dye it, change it. It's just hair.

 

Forgiving someone does not make you a weak person.

People make mistakes. They mess up. Forgive them.

 

But cutting someone out of your life does not make you a mean person.

Be careful how many times you let people back in. Not everyone who is in your life is meant to stay there.

 

Take a lot of photographs.

You'll want to look back at them when things change.

 

Keep a journal.

Write down everything. It'll be amazing to look back on where you were and how far you have come.

 

True colors will come out.

They always do...

 

Pick your battles.

You don't always have to have the last word. Choose wisely. Is it really something you want to argue about? Will it matter tomorrow?

 

Make sure the people you have in your life know how you feel about them.

Tell them they are important to you. Express your gratitude and love for them. If you want those words and feelings said to you, you better be willing to express them as well.

 

You can find happiness when you least expect it.

You don't always have to search for it, sometimes it just happens.

 

You'll be okay.

You have to keep going. You will always get through it, whether it is a bad day, a bad week, or even a bad year. It may be difficult and change you, but you will come out of it stronger.

 

You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.

Don't be so hard on yourself. It won't work if you don't love yourself first.