Me now on my 23rd birthday (looking weirdly golden in this indoor lighting...) vs me on my 17th birthday squinting in the sun. I’m sure these are all obvious but here 22 things I actually learned and digested and out into practice last year:
1. Not everyone will like you. That’s okay.
2. You will fall for the wrong people. It will hurt. Then you’ll move on.
3. There will be a lot of rejection in your life. That’s okay too.
4. Nursing school is harder than people tell you.
5. Nursing school is easier than people tell you.
6. I still don’t like tomatoes ♀️
7. You can let what people say affect you, or you can let what people say go. You should choose to let it go.
8. It’s important to stand up for yourself. Make it a habit.
9. It’s hard to love yourself, but it’s harder not to
10. Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, happens for a reason
11. Your relationships should not define you
12. Your worth is not equated by grades, money, or power
13. It’s okay to let some friendship naturally die off. You aren’t who you were, and they aren’t either. Things change as you grow. It isn’t malicious. It’s okay.
14. It’s okay to struggle. It shows you’re challenging yourself
15. It is not okay to give up because it’s hard or people say you can’t do it
16. There is nothing, and I mean nothing, you cannot do if you work for it
17. Setting goals isn’t nerdy or cliche. It’s a great way to keep you focused on what matters
18. Everything is better with friends
19. It’s also okay to take time for yourself
20. It’s really good to call your mom even if there’s no reason to
21. If you do your hair and makeup, cool. If you don’t, that doesn’t mean you don’t care about yourself.
22. I still have a lot to learn