23 Lessons I Learned by 23

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Before I turned 21, years really felt like years. I’m not sure where these past two have gone since then, but now years feel like months. By no means am I “old” even though the stress of college and post-grad life has probably aged me more than I already assume, but I have learned a lot.

While some of these lessons are fun, serious, were learned the hard way or are words passed down to me from family and friends, each one has helped me in some way and I want to share them in case someone else can benefit from it too. These 23 years have been good to me and so have these so-called little mantras:

  1. The only constant is God.

  2. Family comes first.

  3. “Do good and have fun doing it.”

  4. “Frown lines are uglier than smile lines. Smile more.”

  5. Just because it’s a full-time job, doesn’t mean it’s the right job.

  6. You can’t make excuses for people.

  7. comparing yourself will only stop yourself.

  8. if someone cares about you they will do what it takes to make sure you know.

  9. you can’t take care of others if you don’t take care of yourself first.

  10. be kind to yourself.

  11. don’t trust too easily, but choose trust over doubt.

  12. you never know what someone else is going through.

  13. ask “How are you?” and mean it.

  14. a good outfit can turn your day around.

  15. Take time to get ready every morning and you’ll be much more efficient in everything you do.

  16. forgiveness isn’t the same as a free pass or an “ok” to do it again.

  17. alone time is beneficial.

  18. “follow your dreams and the money will follow.”

  19. there is a difference in quitting and leaving.

  20. don’t be prideful. Ask for help.

  21. there is always something to learn from someone.

  22. life is too short and unpredictable to be mad at someone.

  23. embrace yourself.