Today I turn 21. At last I am of legal drinking age, and in the eyes of many, an "adult."
I put "adult" in quotation marks because the dictionary definition of an adult is a person who is fully grown and developed, and by that definition, I don't think I'll ever be one.
However, I've learned a few things over the years that have helped me grow and develop as a person, and I thought I'd share them with you...
- Not everyone is going to like you, and that's okay. The only person that needs to like you is you.
- Don't say maybe when you want to say no.
- Be good to others.
- Be good to yourself, too.
- Disney movies never get old.
- Listen. Sometimes this is all people need. Give them that.
- Discuss rather than argue.
- If you are in a fight with someone, ask yourself honestly, "What did I do?"
- Just because you get butterflies around a person does not mean you're in love with them.
- You don't have to have everything figured out. We're all making it up as we go along.
- Accept failure as part of the process.
- Don't spend more money than you have.
- It's okay to cry. It's okay to yell. It's not okay to be cruel.
- Don't underestimate the power of a good nap or an Epsom salt bath.
- Find your people. It might take a while, but it will be worth it, I promise.
- You're not trapped. You always have a choice.
- Nutella is flammable. Take this from experience.
- Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry.
- Dance... Who cares if you "can't"?
- Learn as much as you possibly can, and never stop learning.
- Be the person you needed when you were younger.