23 Things I've Learned So Far in 2016

23 Things I've Learned So Far in 2016

"Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go."
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It's the day of move-in for my junior year of college, and I'm thinking, 2016 has surely gone by fast. I've gone on new adventures and have traveled to the other side of the world. I gained new friendships and have lost some as well. 2016 was a mixture of growing up and falling down. I've learned new things about myself that I didn't know existed and new things about myself that I tried hiding but couldn't. I've fallen in love, out of love, back in love, and in the love moment where you're just confused on what's going on. As I reminisce all the good and bad 2016 has brought me, there are 23 things I've definitely learned about myself and life, including things I already knew, but needed to be reminded of once again.

1. Be yourself, everyone else is taken.


2. People come and go. It sucks and it hurts, but not all will stay and stand by your side, no matter how close you are.


3. Travel as much as you can and see what the world has to offer.

4. Don't have the mindset of everyone you know being nice. Just because you're friends with them, it doesn't mean you know how they truly are.

5. Trust takes time. Trust the right people, but don't give it away to people so easily.

6. Love is beautiful, not hurtful.

7. Don't give your heart away. Guard your heart. Once it's out there, it's hard to get it back.

8. Be silly and laugh. Laugh brings a smile to not only your face both those around you.

9. Go out there and meet new people. Make connections and bonds.

10. Make sure you eat right according to your body and health.

11. Although you should eat healthy, remember there are so much to try in this world. Try a variety of diverse foods and drinks.

12. Go out and have fun! When you get older, you won't have as much time since you'll most likely be working full time.

13. Don't forget to sleep though. You can't do anything if you're constantly exhausted, which can lead you into becoming unhealthy and sick physically and mentally.

14. Put 100% of effort into everything you do even if you don't succeed.

15. In everything you do, you never lose. You only win or learn.

16. Forgive. We are not perfect. We make mistakes and make decisions that not only impact ourselves but those around us. Life is too short to hold onto grudges and hatred towards others when you can move forward and grow.

17. Love unconditionally. In a world that's turning into hate, all you can do is love and hope the rest will too.

18. Follow your dreams and passions. Don't let anyone bring you down or tell you you're not good enough.

19. Love yourself. No human being will love you as much as you should. If you can't love and cherish yourself, how can you expect others to do that for you? There are people out there can help you to realize self love, but in the end, you are the one who decides to love yourself.

20. Don't rush to find a boyfriend or girlfriend. Don't force it. Having a significant other takes time, effort, and being open, and if you're not willing to put that into the relationship, don't look for one. Wait until you're ready. Your time will come.


21. Learn, learn, learn. There is never nothing to learn and you can never learn too much.

22. Life can get hard, but stay strong! You got this. No one's life is ever easy, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.

23. Breathe.

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21 Things You Say To Your Roommate If You Two Are Practically A Married Couple

Until I made this list, I didn't realize how absurdly close my roommate and I were. #sorrynotsorry
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1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*complains about not having money* *spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee"

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your dm's."

*cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

Separation anxiety is a real thing, people.

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *loses phone* every. time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*tries to get ready to do something fun* *ends up staying in for another girls night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"


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11 Things I Learned About Having Long Distance BFFs

You get jealous of their local friends.
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Having best friends that live halfway across the country is easily one of the most rewarding— and frustrating— blessings. There are some things you learn about having a best friend who’s not present in your daily life. Invaluable things that end up saving your ass more often than not. Here's 11 things I learned about having long distance BFFs, and if you have some too, don't hesitate to let 'em know how much they mean to you.

1. You will always have an open “vacation” spot.

Doesn't matter if it's Wisconsin, Mississippi, New Jersey, or North Carolina; I always have somewhere to go, even if it's not a traditional "vacation" spot. I'm always down for the most, "nonrelaxing vacation ever" playing auntie to my favorite babies.

2. No time is too much time.

The first two days seem to drag before you find your stride (unpacking, setting up, etc) and then suddenly time is flying in hyperspeed. Nothing goes faster than a week spent laughing it up with your bestie and her fantastic fam.

3. (And you appreciate every second).

You can’t really get sick of her. You know you’re on borrowed time, and eventually you have to return back to reality, so there’s really no time to spend by yourself. You soak up every second you get with her because you never really know when the next time you’ll see her is.

4. You religiously stalk her life through any form of communication you can.

Sometimes I learn some of my best dirt from Facebook and Twitter. Sure, I learn more when I go directly to the source, but constant social media updates on her whereabouts aren’t so terrible either, especially if I don’t always have time to fire off a quick text (yes, we’re all really that busy).

5. You don’t have to talk every day to maintain a relationship (and you really don’t).

We can go days, weeks, or months without talking to each other and pick up right where we left off. The gossip is almost juicier that way. Besides, that’s how I know our relationship is built to last. I don’t need to spend every day with them, because we are just as close after time apart as we were when we did spend every day together.

6. You miss the crap out of them, constantly.

Nearly every conversation begins with, “I miss you SO much.” While missing each other when we’re apart is a really great indicator of how much we care, it’s also a glaring reminder that I don’t get to see my girls everyday. It makes me jealous of those who do have that luxury. Sometimes I’ll just be sitting, doing nothing really, and a wave of missing them comes over me so fiercely I could cry.

7. You never run out of things to talk about.

There’s always something to say when you do see each other again. Usually you’ve already kept up on the gossip so you don’t need to recap that, but you fall right back into the same old conversational patterns you had when you spoke everyday. You’ve probably forgotten just how weird they are (which is why you like them so much, if we’re being honest), and how weird you can be with them (that’s how you bonded in the first place after all).

8. You can be yourself with them.

You don’t have to worry about making them like you. They wouldn’t still be in your life if they didn’t. You know they know the real you, because over nontraditional means of communication (texting, phone calls, Facetime), anything goes. You don’t have to worry that they’ll be grossed out if you pee while they’re on the phone. After all, they used to stand with you in the stall, so…

9. Conversation flutters between old and new memories.

Usually when you see your local friends every day, there’s rarely a reason to talk about memories. You’re typically in the process of making new ones, or planning to make new ones. With long distance best friends, you have more time to explore your past. Old memories are just as important to talk about as planning to make some new ones.

10. You get jealous of their local friends.

You know all of the intimate details of her friends’ and families’ lives as if they were your own. And you're judging the shit out of that one girl who gives her hell and you're secretly jealous of her local BFF, even though you know she's too awesome not to have friends. Besides, you're also grateful that someone's there for her, especially when you can't be.

11.You couldn’t do life without them.

Do I miss being able to see them every day? Absolutely. But I wouldn’t trade having them in my life for anything in the world. We have gone through so many unspeakable things together: the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. They have made me the woman I am today, and for that I am eternally grateful. I couldn’t get through today, or tomorrow, or the next day, without knowing that they are out there in the world doing their thing and kicking ass. I couldn’t do it without knowing that sometime soon they’re going to have some great stories for me.

Bonus: You've seriously contemplated moving your entire life out to her at least once (probably more than once).

Wisco, here I come! Now let your long distance bestie know how much you appreciate her.

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