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20 things I have learned before I turn 20

By: Angela Muriithi

  1. Laundry. Being in my parents’ care for over 19 years, I learned how to pick the right detergent, cycle for my everyday clothes.
  2. Life doesn’t go the way you wanted to go. Change is good, embrace it.
  3. Love thy neighbour. It takes too much time and energy to hate people.
  4. Never apologise to anyone for putting your health before your education. Your mental health is important and, yes, college is hard, if you need a break to breathe take it. You will thank yourself later on in life.
  5. Strive to be the best version of yourself. Tomorrow is a new day, don’t dwell on the past. 
  6. It’s okay to CRY. A cry a couple of times a year is fine. I call it washing away the stress of yesterday and starting afresh.
  7. NEVER compare yourself to others. Go on your own journey; don’t follow someone else’s journey
  8. Laugh Hard and Laugh Often. 
  9. Be strong. Don’t let others take your kindness.
  10. Journaling is very important. Sometimes it’s hard to express your feelings to somebody, writing them down helps.
  11. Have fun. You only live once (YOLO).
  12. Trust your gut. It’s never wrong.
  13. Don’t let your mistakes or regrets take you down. Learn from them.
  14. It’s better to try and fail than to have never tried at all
  15. There is always more to see and more to learn.
  16. Friends come and go. As you get older, your friendships will come and go, some will stick and others will leave.
  17. Put your needs before others. You are not selfish for saying no.
  18. Speak up. No one has the right to disrespect you.
  19. Time alone is time well spent
  20. Every day as you wake up, be thankful for everything you’ve been given. You are blessed.
Hey. My name is Angela Muriithi. I am a management major from Kenya. I am a friendly, extroverted and loyal person.
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