Life Lessons

As my best friend and boyfriend prepare to leave for college, I've been quite busy reflecting. I've just decided to compile a short list that simply states everything important that I have learned so far in my life (both through common knowledge, and things that I wish I had learned sooner.)

-Understand that growing up is a learning experience, and that you don't always have to learn things the hard way.

-Pay more attention to the little (and free) things in life that we always seem to take for granted. (Like how much fun it is to run through the rain barefoot or swing on swings at an elementary school.)

-Forgiveness is letting go of the idea that the past could have been any different. It does not display weakness, but instead shows immeasurable strength.

-Don't get caught up in your own little world to forget the loved ones who have passed before us.

-Spend more time volunteering for something that you are passionate about, and not just for the sake of college applications.

-Ice cream DOES make things better, no matter how bad they seem to be.

-Understand and appreciate that everyone has their strengths and weaknesses, and that it's okay for yours to not be the same as everyone else's.

-Recognize that people grow and change and move in opposite directions, but that doesn't mean that you can't continue to stay friends.

-Recognize that making mistakes and falling down is the only way that you can grow and learn.

-Don't believe all the rumors you hear. They are hurtful and untrue. Stand up for what's right. That's a scary thing to do, but you'll feel better about yourself for sticking to what you believe.

-All you really need are those few true friends and some good music.

-Judging people is useless and exhausting and one trend that should be abolished.

-Being nice is different from being fake. Being yourself is a whole lot less stressful. Stop caring about what other people think. I did...years ago. That's why so many people think I'm weird. Weird is better than fake. At least I'm real weird.

-As much as I like Forrest Gump, I'm going to have to disagree with him. Life is not like a box of chocolates because you do what you choose to do, and you pick your own flavor. Your job is to find your potential in the box.
Posted on April 14th, 2007 at 09:41pm


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