In a week I will transition from my early twenties to my late twenties.
The lessons I've learned since my last birthday are many. I could write a book, but that'd be boring. Instead, I'll just share a few...
I've learned that no matter where you go, there you are. You won't be different, but you will change.
I've learned that loss hurts. A lot.
I've learned that when things aren't going your way, it's o.k to ride the waves. Good days can be good, bad days can be bad. And whether it's a day, a week, or a month, this too shall pass.
I've learned that the best cure for a hangover is a trip to the toilet and a mince and cheese pie (though not at the same time). In fact, I look forward to the mince and cheese pie after a night of drinks. It's like a guilty indulgence.
I've learned that some nights, no matter how tired you are, you just don't sleep.
I've learned that it's o.k. to accept those nights.
I've learned that insecurities are a part of each and every one of us. They make up a big part of who we are.
I've learned to learn from every mistake I make.
I've learned firsthand that tattoos are cool, but that they hurt. A lot.
I've unfortunately learned that in general, most Americans typify why people hate Americans.
I've learned not to be one of those Americans.
I've learned that sometimes you have to be a better friend to others than they are to you, and although sometimes they make it hard, I've learned to treat others the way I want to be treated for that exact reason.
I've learned that I won't always get what I want.
I am learning to accept that I won't always get what I want.
I've learned that if you love something enough, you sometimes have to let it go. And if it comes back to you, it's o.k. to tell it to sod off.
I've learned that working hard for something, and I mean really, really hard, is worth it.
I think I've learned that being indecisive can be a good character trait sometimes.
I've learned to live my life to the fullest. I refuse to settle for mediocrity, and I hope my passion and zest for making the most of my life is contagious.
I've learned that living is easy with eyes closed.
I've learned to never say no to a friend.
I've learned that patience is a virtue (that I still don't possess).
I've learned that the time to be happy is now.
Lastly, I've learned that the most important thing I can do for the world is to be selfless. Good deeds done each day - giving your time and expecting nothing in return, smiling, being a role model, doing no wrong by others - truly work miracles. If everyone could do it, the world would be a better place. And since I know that it's not easy for everyone, I'll do my best to overcompensate by constantly being a better and better person each day.
Until next year... the end.