Things I think I have learned:
I. Sometimes life sucks. There’s no way around it. The hours will drag and all you want to do is crawl into bed and stop existing for a year or two. We’ve all been there, and we’ll all be back. But blessings come to us when we are least expecting them, and everything can change.
II. There are a few things that just instigate honesty. Late nights, exhaustion, an impending goodbye, or just having had enough. These things can make anyone drop all their walls in an instant, and truths come pouring out of their mouths. Tread carefully, but don’t be surprised if the need to be honest strikes you, too. And don’t be ashamed.
III. Do not apologize for your feelings. They are not something you can control. Handle them the best you can, try not to hurt others, talk to a friend. Sort it all out. Don’t compare your feelings to those of others. Somebody having it worse does not take away your reasons for being sad, somebody having it better does not mean you shouldn’t be happy. Do not apologize for feeling.
IV. We’re all scared of a lot of things. Heights, maybe. Public speaking. Honesty. But excluding the time I accepted a dare to ride a horrifying roller coaster, I have never once regretted overcoming a fear.
V. Friends aren’t always who you expect them to be. You can be in the same room with the same people for years, and then suddenly something happens, a joke occurs or you work together on a project, and a new friendship blooms. And they might be the best ones you’ll ever have.
VI. You should never stop observing the world around you. That doesn’t mean you have to judge everything, or comment on everything. Observing leads to learning, and learning leads to growing. Never stop watching. Never stop listening. Learn. Grow.
VII. Do not be afraid to change. Everybody does it, and nobody has the right to stop anybody else from learning who they are, becoming who they’re supposed to be.”