23 things I’ve learned in 23 years

  1. Life is weird. Embrace it.
  2. It’s okay to have absolutely no idea what you are doing with your life.
  3. Appreciate your family. Talk to your parents. Visit your grandparents. Hang out with your siblings. Learn from their experiences.
  4. Work hard. Set goals for yourself, and strive to reach them. Don’t let yourself feel entitled to anything that you didn’t put the work in for.
  5. Get out of the house. Go for a drive. Go to the library. Go window shopping. Volunteer. There is a whole world out there to explore.
  6. It’s okay to have lazy days. Allow yourself to lay in bed all day, wearing pajamas reading a good book or watching a movie ( especially when it’s rainy out).
  7. Never stop learning.
  8. Don’t waste your money on “things”. Instead, save that money and use it for experiences.
  9. Recognize your privilege.
  10. Always remain grateful and humble.
  11. Stay informed. But don’t let mainstream, sensationalized media cloud your own thinking.
  12. If your friends invite you out, go.
  13. If you want to stay in and skip out on plans, go for it. FOMO is real, but sometimes laying in bed is a better time spent.
  14.  Don’t beat yourself up for making mistakes. Learn from your mistakes and use them to make you into a better person.
  15. Read. Write. Draw. Sing. Dance. Paint. Daydream. Embrace creativity in all forms.
  16. Travel. Explore new places. Learn new cultures. See new ways of life. Try new foods. Meet new people. It will change you, your mindset; your view of the world.
  17. Count your blessings, not your problems.
  18. Let yourself feel bad about things. Your worries and feelings are valid. But also recognize that there are people who would like very much to have your bad days, and have much bigger struggles on their plates than you.
  19. Be authentically yourself. Don’t give a damn what people think of you, because you are enough the way you are. You are you for a reason.
  20. Listen to people and learn from their stories. But listen to listen; don’t listen to respond.
  21. Success is different for everyone. Don’t compete to be the “most successful.” What you think is successful is different to someone else.
  22. Be present. Put away the technology, you can live without it ( and you’ll probably enjoy yourself more).
  23. Never stop smiling.

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