22 THINGS I'VE LEARNED AT TWENTY-TWO

Birthday reflections.
  1. 1.
    Not everyone will treat you the same way you would treat them.
  2. 2.
    Some things are worth fighting for. Some aren't. Learn to decipher which is which.
  3. 3.
    When an opportunity presents itself, take it. It may never come again. Regardless of how it turns out, you will learn something.
  4. 4.
    Buy the plane ticket.
  5. 5.
    Always tell people the way you feel. It's better to feel awkward or embarrassed for a moment, than regret that lasts a lifetime.
  6. 6.
    I am so much more.
    I am not a number on a scale. I am not the makeup I feel I "need" to wear. I am not just a reflection in a mirror. I am not the words out of your mouth.
  7. 7.
    Your life can drastically change in a year, a month, a day. Embrace it. Even the seemingly worst of situations are all leading you to where you need to be.
  8. 8.
    It's okay to fuck up. Everybody does it. Sometimes you learn more from it than you would have if you did "the right thing."
  9. 9.
    There are no villains. Only different sides of the same story.
  10. 10.
    Always listen to other people and their stories. You will learn much and it will be very healing.
  11. 11.
    Carry chapstick on you at all times. If you don't, you will regret it.
  12. 12.
    Don't assume you know anything about anything.
  13. 13.
    No matter how much you do the right thing, people will still find a way to blame you for things.
  14. 14.
    Your worth does not come from other people.
  15. 15.
    When you're proud of something, show it off. Don't be ashamed.
  16. 16.
    If you want to go home, go home. Don't stay anywhere you don't want to be.
  17. 17.
    The only thing that matters in situations is how you react to them. It's the only thing you can control.
  18. 18.
    It's good to spend time by yourself. You start to learn more about who you really are.
  19. 19.
    Alcohol doesn't solve problems.
  20. 20.
    No relationship you have to force will be worth it.
  21. 21.
    The only thing you can do is be yourself. The right people will appreciate and love you for it.
  22. 22.
    Happiness is the secret to life.