21 Things I Learned in Year 21


What up, hello!! My 21st birthday is in a couple days, and I am SO. HYPE. This year has been a wild one–a lot of sweet moments, but also probably one of the worst years of my life. But that’s okay! I’ve learned and I’ve grown a lot a lot a lot, so I’m thankful for the hard because it has made me better. I’m not all the way there, but I’m working on it!! I’m so ready to leave this year behind, but I also don’t want to forget all that has happened and how it has changed me. So here’s some of my top lessons I’ve learned this year that have hardcore challenged me and broke me and healed me and ultimately changed my life for the better:

  1. Write down what’s good. It’ll be an anchor for when things are bad.
  2. The darkness doesn’t last forever–no matter how bad it is, it always goes away. Maybe in 24 hours, maybe in a few months. But it always leaves.
  3. Certain seasons can hurt so bad, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not necessary.
  4. I literally have no idea who I would be without the color yellow.
  5. Sometimes you have to fight a battle again, but that says nothing about your victory the first time around.
  6. When people show you how they feel, trust them.
  7. Traveling won’t cure everything (or anything, really), but it’ll make things feel better for a few days, and that is so worth it.
  8. The mess and the healing can happen at the same time.
  9. Believe that people like you. It’ll make the whole friendship thing easier.
  10. It is SO COOL when you can look in the mirror and finally say for the first time, “wow, God, you really did good on me.”
  11. Political involvement is cool. (!!!)
  12. Let the hard things grow you, not destroy you.
  13. Do not be ashamed of the things you had to do to survive.
  14. Maybe don’t suppress things for 15 years because when you finally try to deal with it you kinda lose your crap for a hot second and end up in the psych hospital.
  15. Loving people hard is the most important thing you can do, even if sometimes it comes back to bite you in the butt.
  16. You have everything you need within yourselfdon’t try to find yourself within someone else.
  17. Freedom living still has messy times with slip-ups. The slip-ups don’t define your freedom. What you do after them does.
  18. Abandoning and betraying yourself is the worst thing you could do for your own wellbeing and healing.
  19. Invest yourself in new people.
  20. Someone’s inability to love you says nothing about who you are as a person or your worthiness to be loved.
  21. Loss is so so painful, but sometimes it is exactly what you need.

Also, to celebrate the end of an age and the beginning of a new one, here’s some of my fav pics from the past year. 21, I am so ready for you!!


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