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Life Lessons Learned In 22 Years

Life lessons, things I've learned, things I would tell my younger self. That's the beauty of growing up, you learn a few things along the way that make you feel better about yourself. I wish I could do the whole "22 lessons in 22 years" shebang, but honestly, I don't think I have that many. But if I could somehow get this to my younger self, or even me 3 years ago, this is what I would tell myself when it comes to life. 

The people that make school really hard for you now, won't be in your life when you leave. So don't let them get you down. At the time, it may seem like these people dictate everything but you won't even remember their names when you leave. 

People aren't thinking about you the way you think they are. Those little embarrassing mistakes you made, that stupid thing you said, that little thing that has you thinking, "oh man, why did I DO that?" for the next week, isn't bothering anyone else but you. You may be thinking that everyone else is thinking about that thing you did, but they have their own embarrassing things to worry about, they aren't thinking about yours. The best thing to do is brush it off, and forget it ever happened because, chances are, others have already done that. You're only hurting yourself lovely. 

You won't actually learn about your body until you're 21 and watching Laci Green on Youtube. Sex ed and health class in a public girls school is really bad. They will feed you lies and skip over important details in hopes you'll just 'figure it out one day'. Even the menstruation talk is short and brief. Don't rely on school, and learn as much as you can about your female body, you'll need that information. 

The universe throws certain people into your life at certain times to help you learn something valuable. If you ever question why a certain toxic person is even in your life, think about the things you've learned because of them. Guaranteed, you're a different person now than you were before. They happened, to help you grow as a person. Never regret knowing someone because they will teach you so much about what you needed to know at that time. Because of them, you're now stronger. You can now read the signs and red flags, and you'll never get into that same situation again. And then get rid of them. 

Everyone goes through life at their own pace. Just because you're moving a little slower, doesn't mean you've failed. Some people find their way through life easily and without much of a fight. Other people need a little more hard work and perseverance. Think of this as a life lesson in itself. You just need to work a little harder to get what you want. But if you do persevere and remain motivated, you'll get there eventually, and you would have earned it. No matter how long it takes, it's okay. 

It's okay to be a little introverted. Don't beat yourself up, you're doing just fine.

Everything will work out eventually, you'll be okay. There will be times when you worry that things won't work out for you. Life will look glum and the goals you have, feel like they'll never be reached. The economy sucks, and so does society. But it's not your fault, and everything will work out eventually. With a steady head on your shoulders, you'll be okay. 

The dream career you once had may change or not be as reachable as you thought. That's okay, and you will find something else that you want, that is slightly more achievable. Times change, and that dream of becoming a photojournalist for a magazine won't be so reachable when everyone starts making the photographers job redundant. It's okay to tweak your goals and find something else you love just as equally. Again, it doesn't mean you've failed. It just means you get to explore what else is out there for you. And possibly find something better. 

Image by Sheree Grace

- Sheree

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