Before I turn 22.

I am 22 tomorrow. I feel like I have learnt the most about life and about myself in this past year than I have any other year. So before I tun 22 I just wanted to relay a few findings – maybe you will find them helpful, maybe you won’t. Either way, I want this to be something I can look back on with gratitude. Gratitude because I have had to figure out a lot about living so fast, so young. Gratitude because it has done the most important thing ever to be done – it has taught me.

  • Karma exists. Whatever you send out into this universe, it will inevitably give back to you. Eventually.
  • Not everybody is like you. Just because you have good intentions, does not mean everyone else does too.
  • People will lie to you for their own benefit.
  • Not everybody has a good heart and you may find this out in one of the worst ways you can imagine.
  • It is completely okay to question.
  • Spending time with children will make you happy because they are faultless and innocent.
  • Make the absolute most out of every experience.
  • Be truthful.
  • Having a few friends who love, respect and appreciate you is more than enough.
  • A good way to save money is to act broke.
  • Learn how to adapt to and accept change.
  • Never let the last conversation you have with a loved one be hostile.
  • Cry. It is okay.
  • You will need to start walking alone. Do not be afraid. Be excited.
  • It is okay if things do/did not go the way you expected. It will make sense soon.
  • Get rid of the mentality that you have not accomplished much because you have and you shall continue to do so.
  • Everything is temporary.
  • Apologise.
  • Forgive, regardless how difficult.
  • Keep on living.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
– Helen Keller.

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