21.5 Lessons

On June 8th, I will be halfway through my 21st year of living. Yikes.

I’m still in disbelief by the fact that I’m officially a senior in college, but the idea that I really am an adult? Hahahahahaha…ha….ha….HA…..

The past few years have been huge for me. Filled with learning, growing, and changing, I can barely recognize who I was just six months ago. As I think about what I have actually learned, I wanted to write them down. Something that I can continue to look at as I continue to ground my being for who I am (or at least, who I think I am). Maybe it’ll mean something to you, too.

NOTE: Lots of random stuff on here, but I just wrote what came to me. You’ve been warned.

  1. Buying an expensive cup of coffee is financially irresponsible…but if it makes you feel good and be more productive then it’s WORTH IT.
  2. Remember to keep your closet filled with items you actually wear. If you haven’t worn it in a year, donate it and treat yourself to something new that will last.
  3. Ordering drinks at a bar is always fun…until you look at your bank account the next morning. Do yourself a favor and avoid buying drinks! (Unless someone offers one for you, then by all means!)
  4. Listen to your gut – whether it’s about a job, a friend, or even a special boy/girl, just pay attention to it.
  5. Look at your bank account every day. Ok it could bum you out I get it, but it definitely keeps you more knowledgable about how much money you have and how much you’re spending. It’s so easy to keep spending on your cards because you don’t see the money physically disappear as you would with cash, so this definitely helps!
  6. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what’s right. It can be a treacherous process, but do your part to make this world a better place.
  7. Do not be fearful of what you want. If it scares you, it means it will help you grow. You’re ready for where you’re meant to be, and if not, you’ll figure it all out anyways.
  8. Grades and tests are pretty important. Do not take your education for granted when you’re in school. Even if the professor sucks. You’re lucky to be there. (On the contrary, when priorities may clash, remember what will matter down the road).
  9. Late night chats sitting on a roof with your best friends will always be more fun than whatever you’d be watching on Netflix at home in your bed.
  10. It can be blast to meet someone new and have a friend crush on them, but don’t forget the people who have been there for you.
  11. Traveling is important for your creative spirit. Feel like a child again by being enamored with the new world around you. Go see the places you always say you want to go see.
  12. Explore your “side” passions. If something keeps drawing you in, it’s not a coincidence.
  13. Make time for yourself. Treat yo-self, and do things for YOU.
  14. Seek comfort in a life that is ever-changing. Nothing ever stays the same, so enjoy the ride.
  15. Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. Don’t forget this.
  16. Work hard and eat well. And work out hard too, so you can keep eating well. Find balance.
  17. Get to know people for who they are, not just what they post online.
  18. Cherish time with your family. They may drive you nuts, but you’re part of the crew.
  19. Minimize your crap where you can. Keep it simple so you can put your energy on important things: creating, loving, and exploring.
  20. Make your bed when you can. You will feel better, trust me.
  21. Love the broken parts. Of you. Of your family. Of your friends. Of people you barely know. Judgement will not get you anywhere. Accept it for what it is, and move on. It will only make you smarter and stronger.

   21.5. You are you. Things about yourself will change. Try to be okay with that and just go with it.

This journey is just beginning… 


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