Everything I Learned Over the Past Year

Location: 
New York, NY
United States
US

1. Don’t stress over what you can’t control

Stressing over something that will never change or has already been done is a waste of time. Use this time to do something more productive and fulfilling.

2. Life isn’t always what you expect

You may have your life plan set for yourself, which is great! But, if life takes a sharp turn with absolutely no warning, don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals and full potential of happiness.

3. Confidence is being yourself and not apologizing for it

Some people mistake confidence for cockiness. And often, they’re wrong. Confidence is not being afraid of others judging you for doing what makes you happy.

4. Going for a walk will cure anything

Whether you are stressed or simply bored out of your mind, going for a walk will clear your head. It gives you something to do, allows you to appreciate the world around you, and is good for a little exercise.

5. Be content with being alone

After transferring to a new school, in a city of millions where I knew absolutely no one, I have learned that being alone is okay. In fact, it will allow you to find your true self and what makes you most happy, without the influence of others around you.

6. Your body does so much for you, treat it with respect

You are a human being with the capability to be as healthy as you can and live as long as possible. Thank your body, by showing it that you care.

7. Be proud of how far you have come

Think about who you were as a little girl. Are you making her proud?

8. Guys are not a priority

You are your priority.

9. A smile can go a long way

Not only will it boost your own mood, smiling at a stranger can truly make them feel appreciated.

10. Help others who look like they need it

Whether it’s giving a homeless person food or holding the door for someone with their hands full, all small acts of kindness add up.

11. Nature was here first

Appreciate the fact that planet earth is allowing us to live here. Don’t litter, save water, plant a tree, compost, recycle, eat more veggies and save paper.

12. We are all human

Everyone makes mistakes. Forgive. 

13. You have to leave your comfort zone to accomplish amazing things

The best things in life are not going to come easy. If you want something bad enough, work for it.