Today is my nineteenth birthday, and that’s absolutely insane. I have to say that eighteen was truly bittersweet, but I’ve accomplished and learned a lot of wonderful things that I can’t help but look back at fondly and with warmth.
Between heartbreaks on either end and arduous, laborious hours of school, I’ve learned a hell of a lot more about myself than I expected, and I decided that today I would share with you all — and I suppose my future self — a few little tid bits about life that I’ve gathered in my proverbial basket this year.
1. Trust yourself and your instincts. I’ve learned that when your gut is telling someone or something is off, it’s almost never wrong.
2. Make yourself happy. I have really come to realize that if I want to be happy with myself and my life, I have to make that happen. No one else is going to do that for me.
3. Appreciate the small things because sometimes the big things are few and far between. Sometimes life just chucks one unforgiving curve ball after the other at you, and it totally sucks. For me, it’s the little moments that keep me going and powering through. Something small like a good sweat session at the gym, a delicious cup of coffee, or lunch with a close girl friend can make all the difference in my day.
4. Balance is key. This is a huge cliché (I know; I’m sorry) but I have always been awful at keeping my life in balance. I’ve always been really invested in school and my future, and that meant neglecting some of the things that should’ve mattered more. Some of the people that should’ve mattered more.
5. Learn how to take care of yourself. This might sound odd, but you need to know how to care for yourself when you’re down or having a tough week. I’ve learned that if I don’t figure out ways to soothe my nerves and relieve my stress, I’ll keel over and die. But little things like going to the gym, taking a long bath, painting my nails, or playing a board game with my little brother make the days a little more manageable.
These are just a few of the lessons I’ve learned. What advice have you drummed up?
Here’s to nineteen,