I'm 19 years old today, and this year has been one of the most informative of my life thus far.
  1. 1.
    Say what needs to be said.
    Don't tip toe around people's feelings just to avoid conflict.
  2. 2.
    But also listen.
    Hear people out, even if you don't agree with them.
  3. 3.
    Sometimes people just don't wanna be helped.
    It's not your job to fix everyone anyway.
  4. 4.
    Everyone's a little fucked up.
    No one is normal, and no one has it all figured out.
  5. 5.
    Forgiveness is hard, but do it anyway.
    Resentment is toxic.
  6. 6.
    Don't look for happiness in other people.
    People leave. You've gotta find it within yourself and cherish it.
  7. 7.
    But find someone to confide in.
    Trusting can be risky, but you can't make it all alone.
  8. 8.
    Give everyone a chance.
    You can meet some of the best people outside of your comfort zone.
  9. 9.
    Sometimes you love someone more than they love you and that's ok.
    Don't stop loving people fiercely!
  10. 10.
    School is important, but it doesn't define you.
    ACT scores, GPA, class rank, none of it means anything in the long run.
  11. 11.
    But education is a privilege.
    Never take it for granted.
  12. 12.
    Do what you love and see where it takes you.
    You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward.
  13. 13.
    You aren't entitled to shit unless you work hard.
    "Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled." -- Mindy Kaling @mindy
  14. 14.
    Cherish every moment with your parents.
    They love you more than anyone ever will.
  15. 15.
    Growing up is hard, but you can't let it scare you.
    "Great people do things before they're ready." -- Amy Poehler
  16. 16.
    Don't be ashamed to cry.
    Everyone gets upset, and there's no reason to hide it.
  17. 17.
    Don't be ashamed to ask for help.
    Your health should come first, and you shouldn't feel guilty about it.
  18. 18.
    Salad is good.
    Don't be stubborn; try new things.
  19. 19.
    Have no guilty pleasures.
    Be unapologetically passionate.