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. 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...
- You are entirely up to you.
- Not everyone is going to like you, and that's okay.
- Don't say maybe when you want to say no.
- Be good to others.
- Be good to yourself, too.
- Don't rely on someone loving you to make you feel whole.
- Listen. Sometimes this is all people need. Give them that.
- Discuss rather than argue.
- Enjoy your own company.
- 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.
- The easiest way to make a new friend is to just say hi.
- Your story can help others.
- You are not trapped. You always have a choice.
- Nutella is flammable.
- Don't go grocery shopping when you're hungry.
- Surround yourself with people who make you a better person.
- Read as much as you possibly can.
- Be the person you needed when you were younger.