In just a couple of weeks, I’ll be turning 22 (*cue Taylor Swift song*). While it won’t be as epic of a birthday as it was last year when the Patriots made the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, it will still be exciting. Now, in the last 12 months I’ve learned a lot about myself. This was probably the year where I’ve grown the most and was given some lessons I certainly won’t forget.
So, here are my lessons I’ve learned, all 21 of them. Hopefully you’ll be educated on a thing or two as well, and be as surprised as I was every time!
You don’t need to document every single thing. At a concert and maybe can’t get the best pictures? Don’t even bother. Enjoy yourself.
Drinking when you’re legal isn’t as fun and exciting as you pictured it (sometimes it’s you sitting in your room, sipping a Twisted Tea while reading a book).
Crockpot recipes are the greatest thing to exist.
It’s okay to feel like you’re doing everything wrong in terms of growing up. We all experience it.
Reading a blog will not always make you feel inspired. Sometimes you wonder if you need to change your entire life around to be like them. But then you remember: you’re you, and you’re unique, and you don’t have to be like the person behind the screen.
You don’t have to pay a lot for a professional wardrobe.
Someone you hated two years ago will be someone you’re friendly with now. People change, and it’s stupid to hold grudges when you continue to grow.
You can’t think about being capable of something before doing it. Don’t think about it and just act!
If you’re terrified of it, then it’s something you need to show and be honest about it.
Always accept offers if they will help you advance your career. Once you’re out of college, experience is crucial for getting a job.
Never be ashamed of how you act or dress.
Every topic is important to at least one person, so write what you want to write and I can guarantee someone will read it.
Economics is really, REALLY hard to learn.
There is no such thing as a ‘bored writer.’
Living alone can be great, but make sure to interact with others frequently either virtually or in person. There is nothing worse than loneliness after not talking to anyone for more than 24 hours.
Seriously, know how to do simple math in your head.
If you don’t want to be deaf by the age of 35, wear earplugs at concerts.
You’re not going to immediately find a kind of alcohol you like once you can legally drink. It will take time to figure out what your preferences are. And if you decide you just don’t like drinking? Then you don’t have to drink.
Be adventurous. You’ll never experience new things if you only stay at home.
Food is expensive. Shop around and be smart about what you get.
Most importantly, stop believing that you need to do the same as everyone else. If people love this celebrity but you don’t, so what? You don’t need to like them too. You don’t need to buy this brand of makeup because others do, or like the same genre of music. I’ve learned so much this year, but I definitely think accepting my differences was my best lesson.