23 Things I’ve Learned in 23 Years

Whether you’re a recent college graduate or high school student, life has a funny way of making situations into learning experiences. And, my sisters, I’ve had a lot of those situations in my 23 years so far.

It’s crazy to think, though, at the time for many of these situations I thought I was alone. I thought, “everyone else’s lives are together so they can’t possibly be feeling what I’m feeling or gone through what I’m going through.” But that’s just not true.

So, because I now know I’m not alone in all this, I want to share with you 23 things I’ve learned so far in life. Remember…

1. It’s okay to end friendships.

2. You don’t have to be happy with what you’re doing 100% of the time—even dream jobs aren’t always dreamy.

3. Enjoy the time living with roommates who are also you friends.

4. There comes a point where you realize you can’t take on everyone’s problems, and that’s okay.

5. If you’re going to adopt a pet, be willing to completely change your life for them.

6. InDesign has spell check.

7. If you can’t do it with passion, don’t do it.

8. You will question everything you know and all your beliefs at some point.

9. Always ask questions and remember those who don’t ask any of you in conversations.

10. Budgets might seem stuffy but they’re actually super useful.

11. It’s okay to ask for a little help sometimes.

12. There is such a thing as too much coffee.

13. Nothing is as pretty as Instagram. Life isn’t always perfect.

14. Things will fall into place in the right time once you’ve put forth the effort.

15. If you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated—drink more water.

16. You never know what someone is going through. Be kind.

17. If you’re drinking, match each drink with a glass of water.

18. It’s okay to disagree with people but remember to stand by your own convictions rather than changing them to appease others.

19. Invest in yourself. Contribute to your savings and retirement when you can. Pay yourself first. Make a habit of it.

20. Love yourself first and take time for self-care.

21. Sometimes swallowing your pride is the hardest and best thing for you.

22. It’s okay to quit something that does not fulfill you––relationships, jobs and hobbies included.

And, finally…

23. It’s okay to not have your life together all the time.

I know this is not even half the lessons I’ve learned so far and I’m sure there are many more to be learned but I’ve very happy to know I have sisters like you by my side to learn them with. Life is messy but we’re never alone. And, that’s pretty damn beautiful.

What lessons have you learned so far that you think are valuable? I can’t wait to hear them!

Until next time, sisters.


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