So I turn 21 in 3 hours and 4 minutes, but this post will be released at midnight tonight, when it turns my 21st birthday (yay)! Here’s 20 things I’ve learned in the past year and things I should keep in mind for the future.
- It’s important to continue to love yourself. You know it’s hard sometimes and sometimes you just feel like crap, but you’ll get over it because you know you’re worth more than mean comments.
- People will be horrible to you no matter how hard you try to be nice, some people are inherently nasty and you can’t change them.
- You will lose touch with people, and that’s ok.
- French customer service is arguably the worst in the world and there’s nothing you can do to make them any less rude, so stop being angry for days after dealing with them.
- You don’t need a boyfriend to be happy.
- Especially one who tells you that you can’t have dreams.
- You enjoy reading. Don’t stop reading.
- I know you enjoy possessions, but you don’t need the brand new iPhone or laptop in order to be happy. Save your money for travel and experiences.
- People like you. Stop convincing yourself that people don’t.
- Sometimes passions fade in and out. Just because you’re not as passionate about something that you were a year ago, you’re not a bad person.
- Your English is terrible.
- You’ve taken a lot of opportunities this year and experienced great things because of it. And have you regretted anything? Exactly. Keep taking opportunities when they come.
- You really like history (just not the history where you have to learn specific dates and sit really hard exams on it). Keep expanding your knowledge.
- Losing a pet is like losing a family member. But you’ll always have the memory of Skittles and you gave her a great life.
- You’re no longer 16 and you need to stop getting upset that everything’s moving too fast, because it’s only going to move faster.
- You don’t need to have your life planned out.
- Just because you mess up once, you don’t need to feel like you’ve failed and give up. Keep going.
- You’re bad at saving money.
- You try to look on the bright side of things, which is a great trait to have.
- You’ve beat some really tough times the past couple of years, and I’m proud of you for getting through it and coming out stronger.