Well, it’s official – I’m 23-years-old. I spent a while trying to come up with an interesting post for today, and basically I couldn’t come up with anything that hasn’t been done to death. So here I am, with 15 lessons I’ve learned in 23 years (because 23 sounds like as good an age as any to be ridiculously cliche, so I might as well milk the opportunity), and a few I’m still working on learning.
1. Not everyone’s going to like you, and that has to be okay.
2. It’s okay to not be the “best” at anything. As long as there’s something you love, that you work hard at, that’s enough. Actually…I think I’m still working on learning this one.
3. Reality TV is crap, and none of it is a true representation of “reality.” The sooner you realize that, the sooner you’re going to stop worrying about the absolutely insane way that members of the Big Brother house treat each other.
4. The only way to know something is important to you is if you stand up for it. If you’re not willing to defend your beliefs, how can you say that they’re really important to you?
5. It’s okay to want to be alone sometimes.
6. There are certain people that you don’t want in your life because they’re frankly kind of awful. As much as it sucks right now, it’s SO much easier to just cut them out.
7. Sometimes, your cat really is your best friend (or is that just me?)
8. Move your laundry into the dryer AS SOON as it’s finished washing. Okay…maybe that’s another thing I’m still working on.
9. You don’t have to be “doing what you love” for a living, as long as you’re making time to do what you love at some point.
10. Sometimes, like when he’s biting you for NO REASON AT ALL, your cat is not at all your best friend. Or is that just me, too?
11. Online dating is a thing, and at some point you’re probably going to do it.
12. It’s okay to have no idea where you want to be 10 years from now – I don’t think anyone knows for sure.
13. If you make a promise, stick to it. Don’t back out of plans with one person because someone else showed up with better plans.
14. Read! Not just because it’s a fun way to spend your time, but because it teaches you about the world around you and about other people. Read articles online, read the news, read books, read poems… Read whatever you can get your hands on because every sentence is another piece of your culture.
15. Know who you are, and know what you’re worth. Don’t let someone tell you that your standards are too high or that you expect too much – there’s someone out there who’s going to meet those expectations.