I'm a month away from turning 22 and to be honest I'm not excited at all. Time just passes by and I feel like it's slipping through my fingers. Call me lame, but I've never been a fan of my birthday. After spending my Saturday in and complaining a little that I didn't hang out with my friends as I used to, I realized that tonight was great. With time you realize those nights you stay in with your family just watching a movie together, having dinner or even just talking all night long are priceless. Those are the nights you'll miss when in the future.
You might read this, laugh and say: "poor 21 y-old girl, you know nothing". But oh well, isn't this the reason why we have endless platforms to express our feelings to the whole wide world without being judged? You might disagree with this or you might think "I feel ya", but no matter what your reaction will be I hope this helps you to rethink certain things. To you all I can say is:
- Travel, travel a lot, explore the world and learn about other cultures, understand the differences and always take all the good stuff from each place you visit. Embrace life and every single second of it, it's amazing that you've made it so far and you have a bright future ahead.
- Laugh as much as you can, forget those nights you cried on your own quietly so your parents wouldn't notice. With time you'll realize that was nothing, there's so much more than just that. Let yourself enjoy more and suffer less. Stop wasting your tears on matters that aren't just worth it and keep them for real tragedies and even if you cry (nothing wrong with that) get up. You're allowed to cry, but you're not allowed to give up.
- Be kind to every single person, be humble and learn about life, about today, about the world. There are so many things going on around the world and being aware of these events gives you an idea of what the world needs. Trust me, this world needs more honest, humble, kind people (if that term even exists).
- Fall in love, and I mean it, fall in love every single day with your family and learn to love your friends because they are the ones that will support you when you most need it. But more importantly, love yourself, stop depending on the others, they will not make you happy, you create your own happiness. And stop watching those stupid romance movies, trust me they just create false hopes. And it's not that I'm a grumpy single lady, but when you find the one you'll know it and even if it's not that fairy tale you always expected you'll love every second by his/her side.
- Get to know as many people as you can and take the time to listen to them, learn what they like, where they come from and even if you don't become best friends they'll be your future contacts, create your own network because you will stop depending on your parents'.
But overall, learn as much as you can, work hard to do so. And I'm not only talking about school, you will not learn much there, get out of your bed, read, work, get an internship and even if they don't pay you ($$) the experience is priceless. Question everything, it's your time to pop that bubble you live in and get to know about anything really, find that passion of yours. Because for at least 35 years you will work and it rather make you the happiest person on Earth because you'll spend about 40 hours a week, which is a lot if you think about it. Not to mention the extra hours that they don't mention on the interview.
If you actually read until the end of this post, congrats! Sometimes it's hard to read such a long post and I get it, hopefully these tips will help you or at least will give you another point of view. Smile and have a great week!!
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