I turned 21 today, and while there is still a pandemic and no way for me to really celebrate with my friends, I decided to share with you all 21 life lessons that I’ve learned throughout my life. I am doing this because with life being so bleak lately, sometimes a little optimism is what just one person needs to see. These are things that I was taught by loved ones as well as people I’ve never met.
- You never have to do today again.
This resonates with me the most because of my struggles with anxiety and depression. Some days are worse than others, but ultimately I learned that saying ‘you never have to do today again’ helps me feel better. There will always be tough days, but you never have to handle that same day ever again.
- Do no harm but take no shit.
- Being alive in today’s world is one of the bravest things you’ve done.
- Do or do not, there is no try.
- Turn your guilt into action.
- Don’t sell yourself short.
- Tell others when they hurt you. You can learn a lot about a person from the way they react.
- Loving yourself is hard. But it is worth every second of struggle to see the result.
- You are not a bother. You are not a burden.
This can be the most difficult journey. I’m still working on changing my mindset to match this idea.
- The way you perceive yourself is often different from how others see you.
- Do what you think is right.
- Never be afraid to be the real you.
- Be selfless but don’t be afraid to be selfish. Do what you need to do.
- Sit outside in the sun.
- You are your own fairy tale.
As quoted from Amanda Lovelace’s book of poetry Break Those Glass Slippers.
- Be unapologetically passionate.
- It’s okay to have bad days.
- The only person that can bring true happiness is yourself.
- The best things in life are priceless.
- It doesn’t matter where you started, but where you end up.
- Surround yourself with people who love you.