10 Life Lessons I’ve learned so far:

Journal prompt #1)

1. It’s just not that serious. Seriously. 95 percent of the things I’ve worried about or stressed out over have never happened. Or, if it did, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it’d be.
2. Learn to love exorcise. There isn’t one part of you that will regret it. Mind and body will reap the benefits
3. Believe people when they tell you how they really are. Just because we see people as certain ways doesn’t mean they really are that way. If someone tells you they are a bad person, they probably are in some way. Sad, hard truth.
4. Love changes…and not always for the better. I’m sure love is supposed to be grand and life-altering and comforting and safe and pleasant. That hasn’t been my experience. It bums me out but I don’t know many people that have love like on the TV. It’s a sham. Sadly.
5. Books saves lives. There have been many times that I have escaped out of a shitty situation into a book and it kept me from being depressed. I have lived a thousand lives, lived a million experiences, and lived in a ton of times through the words of a book. I highly recommend them. Don’t let anyone book shame you either. Read what you want. True crime, biographies, fiction, non-fiction, smut, fluff, hard core suspense…read it all.
6. Make friends and keep them, even if your circle is small. I’ve learned this the hard way. Getting to your late 30’s and realizing you haven’t kept friends around you is pretty sad because there will be a time you need them, and you’ll be all alone.
7. Learn to appreciate alone time. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. I love being by myself. I rarely feel loneliness. Learn to occupy your time, even if it’s just by thinking awesome stuff. Cultivate a solitary hobby. You’ll be glad.
8. Some people aren’t meant to be in your life no matter how much you want them to be. Friends, family, lovers. They might be the one for you now, but they might not be the one forever. It’s a hard pill to swallow. Feel the pain of it and let it go.
9. Sorry is just a word. If it’s not followed by a change in behavior or actions then don’t expect a response from someone you hurt. Even then, you might get a response but it still might not work in your favor. Man up.
10. Actions have consequences. Good or bad. You can deny it, but it doesn’t stop it from being true.

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