Nineteen things I learned before I turned nineteen

  1. Deep breaths.
  2. Distance does in fact make the heart grow fonder.
  3. Home is not a place. Home is people.
  4. What’s the point of living if you don’t make a jump every now and then?
  5. Every single thing takes time. It’s all about mastering the art of timing.
  6. Patience is a virtue.
  7. Don’t take anything for granted. Enjoy all the little things. Enjoy everything worth enjoying.
  8. Moving on and starting over is just another part of life. Your true friends will show when you’re not around like you used to be. However, making new friends and traveling to new places should be exciting. No one should hold you back.
  9. Being alone is the best way to work on yourself.
  10. Happiness is the best cure for sadness. Dwelling on reasons to be depressed rather than reasons to be happy is a complete waste of time. Feeling empty should feel good, like better things will fill you soon.
  11. Everything happens for a reason. And with time, my father once told me, eventually everything will come together.
  12. Having faith in whatever you find yourself to be faithful in will keep you sane throughout your journey.
  13. Do the best you can in everything you do.
  14. But don’t take life too seriously. The sun rises and sets and we just complicate everything in between.
  15. When the going gets tough, drink wine.
  16. Being in love is like realizing you have two hands, and finally know what to do with them.
  17. Don’t chose the safety of indifference over the vulnerability of love.
  18. Writing things down helps you to make sense of your life.
  19. Stay on course, stay intentional, stay curious, and stay connected.
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