lemontreeleaves (lemontreeleaves) wrote,

21 life lessons from a fairy-girl

I've been 21 for almost a week now, so here are 21 things I've learned in my life.

1) You can't force people to love you
2) Appreciate what you have while you have it
3) The only thing that can't be changed is the past, so don't dwell on it
4) Don't cling to childhood, or you will be left behind
5) Do what makes you happy, but don't forget that there needs to be balance in life.  It can't all be sunshine and rainbows.
6) Don't romanticize depression.  There's nothing beautiful about panic attacks or a lack of motivation and it doesn't make you more beautiful or more interesting.  It only makes things harder.
7) You are allowed to change your mind about things.  You are allowed to change as a person without feeling guilty.
8) Take up as much space as you want.  You can't make yourself disappear by being quiet.
9) If you make something, you are an artist.  End of story.
10) Parents are people.  They aren't perfect and they can't live their lives just for your benefit.
11) Don't be afraid to ask questions.  Don't be afraid to argue.
12) Breathe in a way that fills up your whole body.
13) You don't need to do everything at once.  Don't feel guilty if you don't have time for everything.  Take pride in what you do get done instead of regretting what you didn't have time for.
14) Bad habits are easy to make but hard to break
15) Dogs make the world a better place
16) Material things won't solve your problems
17) People are fluid.  They grow and change and so do your relationships with them.
18) Delete your Tumblr
19) You can't make yourself happier, healthier, or more confident by faking it, but practicing does make it better
20) Contrary to popular belief, you do need to try.  Making an effort can be difficult, but things won't get better if you don't do the work.

And finally, for year 21)  Always be friendly, even if you don't feel like it.  Making other people feel good makes you feel good, so do it.
Tags: late night blogging, life lessons, note-to-self, overthinking things again
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