January 6, 2017

21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years

I love these. Birthday-inspired reflections are personal, but not too personal. They're honest and give an authentic look into the mind of the author in a way that doesn't shove life lessons and "learn from my mistakes" rhetoric at you. I'm turning 21 tomorrow, and this is what I've learned in the last 21 years.

1. Gratitude is essential.

2. College is not the best four years of your life, and that's okay.

3. Your friends really are your chosen family.

4. Living alone as a 20-something is good for you.

5. Life goes by faster than you realize, so take moments to appreciate it.

6. You might end up loving what you don't expect to love.

7. What you thought you wanted doesn't always turn out to be what you actually want, or even what's good for you.

8. Your grand master plan is not really yours— it's God's.

9. Sometimes, you need to go for it. Even if you don't think you're ready, even if you're afraid— go for it.

10. Family is important, so don't burn your bridges.

11. A good night's sleep is essential to your sanity.

12. Depression is unexpected and scary. You'll feel sad and you won't know why, but God will get you through it.

13. Loss is unexpected and heartbreaking. There will be grief, and there will always be a hole in your heart, but you'll have peace in knowing that the one you've lost is with Jesus.

14. When you need food after 12 AM, Steak n' Shake is always the solution.

15. It doesn't matter what other people think of you. Really.

16. Adulting is hard and not glamorous.

17. The ability to write is truly a blessing.

18. Whatever you're freaking out about probably won't matter in the long run.

19. Failing an exam in college is not the absolute worst thing that can happen. The world won't stop spinning.

20. Make regular doctor's appointments.

21. Whatever the problem, your mom probably knows what to do.

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