Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
If you’re seeing this, it means I am 20 years old. This is the birthday that I have kind of been dreading – hoping it would take much longer to arrive than birthdays past. But here it is. 20 to me has always seemed grown up. I thought by 20 I’d have my goals for the future so perfectly scripted, my life-long friends casted, and the perfect boy already in scene. But that’s not quite where my story is.
Nevertheless, while I am sad to let go of teenage stereotypes and song references, I am excited for all the things this new decade is going to bring. Here are some thoughts I have gathered during my time on this Earth – 20 things I’ve learned in 20 years.
- When nothing in your life makes sense, help others.
- Happiness is hard; finding contentment is key.
- The most growth comes from the most uncomfortable times.
- Keep a journal by your bed and fill it with thoughts – the pictures often don’t do memories justice.
- Learn to love your alone time – at the end of the day it’s only you.
- Disconnect every once in a while.
- Not fitting in often means you’re doing something right.
- Nothing bad ever comes from being kind.
- Work your butt off, and don’t put off what can be done today.
- It’s the quality of relationships, not the quantity.
- Do the things that make you feel the most like you and do them all the time.
- Take social media for what it is and nothing more.
- Your timeline doesn’t have to match someone else’s.
- Spend some time with people who have nothing.
- God placed those passions in you – pursue them with everything you’ve got.
- Learn to take rejection and run with it.
- When someone asks how you are, ask how they are too, whether it’s to your college professor or the guy working at Chick fil a.
- You don’t have to want a boyfriend.
- Everything seems worse at night.
- God can’t steer a car that isn’t moving.
So here’s to you 20 – may you be the best one yet.