Five things I learned before 20

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I’m still in disbelief that yesterday was my 20th birthday! I’m officially two decades old and no longer a teenager. I can honestly say that time really does fly when you’re having fun! For today’s post, I’ve compiled five random bits of knowledge and such that I’ve gathered over the years and wanted to highlight in honor of this milestone
1. Being yourself is highly underrated
One of the best pieces of advice I can ever give is to be yourself. I’ve been through numerous times in the past where I’ve let others’ opinions of me influence they way I behaved, who I hung out with, what I showed an interest in, etc. These were certainly not my proudest times. However, I am grateful for them because they were lessons and helped me to find the “me” that I am today! During my senior year of high school I really hit my stride in this sense and stopped caring so much about what people thought of me on a surface level. I’ve found that when I am 100%, organically myself I am so much happier than I ever was when I let others’ opinions influence me as much as they used to. Be yourself and do so proudly!
2. Carpe diem
Never take a single day for granted! Have lots of fun during the good times and roll with the punches during the rougher times.
3. Find a reliable “shoe guy”
There is an incredible amount of value in having a trusted shoe repairman you can rely on! I am so happy to have my “shoe guy,” Mike. Mike has saved me so much money over the years through fixing some of my favorite sandals (more than once), repairing messed up zippers on bags, and adding anti-slip, weatherproof soles to my boots so they have a prayer of surviving the brutal Chicago winters we always experience. This may seem like an odd thing to feature for this post, but you honestly have no idea how often I’ve relied on my shoe guy.
4. You won’t always have time for absolutely everything you want to do, and that’s okay!
I love being busy and having a full plate of things to do, but there is no joy in feeling overwhelmed 24/7. If you’re like me and you want to have your feet in everything all at once, but don’t want to go crazy, prioritize all your commitments and don’t be afraid to say no to something if you don’t have the time for it.
5. Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself!
Don’t take yourself so seriously! Have fun and be willing to poke fun at yourself from time to time. Laughter is the best medicine for any ailment!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone for the numerous birthday wishes and to all of the people who have helped to make the first two decades of my life so incredibly wonderful!