22 things I have learned in my life thus far:
1. Life is beautiful.
2. Life is ugly.
3. Family is important, so cherish it.
4. Take care of yourself–eat well, exercise, get some needed rest. For when you cover the basics, you’d be surprised at how great you will feel and how much you can truly achieve when you give your body the fuel and energy and spirit it needs.
5. But don’t be afraid to eat that piece of chocolate cake, either–life is too short to forego simple pleasures.
6. Maintain a sense of humor. Laugh with others, laugh at yourself. Never lose the smile on your face nor the laugh in your lungs . . . because life is so dark without these things.
7. Your friends will change. Some will grow old with you and others won’t. Value the ones who grow with you and learn to lovingly let go of the ones who don’t.
8. Stay out of drama. It sucks the life out of you, and more often than not, what’s happening won’t matter in 5 years. It’ll just be a distant memory of how life was so dreary in that moment because you focused on toxic things.
9. Speaking of toxicity, drop toxic people and things from your life.
10. Try to not be a toxic person yourself.
11. Music can heal your aches and pains–find playlists, find that one song that speaks to you when you’re in that one particular mood or are having a bad day.
12. Some people are parasites. Learn to have boundaries and keep those boundaries so that you don’t have to keep giving out of an empty cup.
13. Chocolate milk is the best late-night drink. No arguments on this.
14. A night sky full of stars is one of the most beautiful sights you will ever see.
15. Don’t be afraid to claim your own timeline. Certain things in life will come at different times for different people. But don’t chain yourself to a timeline, either. There’s freedom in doing things at your own pace, but don’t feel like you can never change your pace multiple times.
16. Never be afraid to change your dreams, either.
17. Late night conversations hit harder than any other conversation. The same goes for car conversations.
18. If you want to maintain peace and raise no animosity between you and your loved ones, leave politics at the front door.
19. Your mental health is of the utmost importance. If you need help, please do not be afraid to reach out for help.
20. The people around you may do things differently than you, and that’s okay. Never be afraid to be your own person, to do your own things–even if it means keeping to yourself some days when you know everyone else is hanging out. Sometimes you just need a little “me-time.”
21. Even the rainy days are beautiful if you view them in the right way.
22. Learn how to live with yourself, love yourself . . . this is one of the best investments you can possibly make!