Twenty-Three Lessons in Twenty-Three Years

  1. You don’t have to move all the way across the country after graduation, or even out of the city.
  2. Don’t be afraid to put down roots., otherwise you’ll be doing nothing.
  3. Read some non-fiction, you can learn a lot. Step outside of your reading comfort zone.
  4. Make time for your friends because you won’t see them all the time after graduation, even if you think you will.
  5. If you want to do something then do it, don’t wait for motivation every time.
  6. Don’t listen to people when they say you won’t get a job, it’s fully possible.
  7. Sometimes all you need is a hot shower to make everything better.
  8. When you think something’s the end of the world it’s actually just your world opening up.
  9. Download a blue light killer on your phone if you’re not going to stop using your phone close to bedtime.
  10. Don’t be so afraid to show excitement for things.
  11. Write things down. Events, feelings, ideas. You won’t necessarily remember it forever.
  12. Go places by yourself. Then you can do what makes you happy.
  13. Let people in, you don’t have to push everyone away.
  14. Keep writing and reading every day. Keep producing things and trying new creative things.
  15. Explore and take photos to remember it by, they’re great to look back on.
  16. Back up your photos right away from your camera- on the computer- or you may lose an entire country’s worth of pictures.
  17. Cut back on sugar and caffeine, you’ll actually have a lot more energy and feel a lot better.
  18. Coming up with 23 lessons in one night is hard. Don’t procrastinate?
  19. A little cleaning every day goes a long way.
  20. When something interests you go after it, explore whatever it is.
  21. You’ll get closer to your sister the farther she is away. Enjoy the time when you see the people you love.
  22. You don’t always get your way. It’s called life.
  23. Take a breath and relax- you deserve it.
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