This past week I turned 22, which honestly feels more fitting for me than 21 did. To celebrate, here’s 5 things I learned during my 21st year on earth!
- It’s None of My Business What Anyone Else Thinks of Me: My mom actually is the one who said this to me. After a particularly hard week, I remember her mentioning to me that it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of me because I know who I am and I should remember that. I love this concept of knowing that I can only control what I do and my reactions to things and shouldn’t waste my time worrying about what anyone else thinks.
- Life isn’t Linear: I think for a long time I felt that my life had to be on one track and that I could only be one thing, but with graduation approaching and looking back at all of the ups and downs of this past year, I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to be doing many things with the rest of my life. And I’m happy with that.
- Happiness isn’t Selfish: I used to think that putting my own happiness first meant that I was being selfish. I think in reality, keeping my happiness in mind is the greatest form of self care I can offer. I have this crazy idea that I want to do a million things with my life and operate out of doing things for my own happiness and joy. I want to help others, but that means that I also need to learn how to help myself first.
- The Universe Is Listening: Back in January I closed my eyes and opened my arms and asked the universe to send me what I needed. I swore that I would be kind and generous and good to myself and those around me. I believe so strongly that the universe listens and gives and takes and that it’s not always fair, but somehow I want to believe it’s okay. I trust in that.
- Everyone is Really Just Doing Their Best: I’m on a big kick of listening to the universe and the various affirmations (clearly) that it sends my way, so I think it’s fitting to end this with one of my favorites: “STORY OF MY LIFE: As I tell myself the story of what’s happening in my life, I choose to make it the kind of story where even the tough parts have a sort of inner beauty. It’s ultimately a happy story, where every character (no matter how wicked), is doing their best. And lemme tell you, it’ll be worth it when I earn that Pulitzer Prize for best inner monologue.”
I hope my 22nd year brings me more faith, spontaneity, and joy!