5 Things I Wish I Knew During My Childhood

5 Things I Wish I Knew During My Childhood

People can come and go but my sister is always there for me.
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As I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight to Atlanta, I began to think about my childhood and all the laughs, good times, and memories I had. I had a wonderful childhood filled with supportive family and friends. However, there are some things I wish I had known that would make it even better.

1. Change does not always have to be bad

During my childhood, there were plenty of ups and downs. Going on annual family vacations and celebrating milestones with my closest friends are some of the best times I've had. Moving across the country and changing schools three times are just some obstacles I overcame.

I never liked change. I always wished that things would stay the same. As I grew older, I realized that change means new people and new experiences. Change is what makes life interesting. I began to open up and started to embrace change. Instead of letting fear take over, I can finally face changes with confidence. Without switching schools, I would have never met my closest friends or became the person that I am today.

2. Your siblings are your best friends

People can come and go but my sister is always there for me. Even though we argue and fight all the time, in the end, we are each other's best friends. Whenever I need advice, she is a good listener and always provides insight. I can rely on her for anything. I wish we spent less time fighting and more time getting along.

3. Your parents are always right

This is definitely my biggest regret. It always takes me so long to realize that they are right about everything. I always try to disagree with them, but overtime, I've finally discovered that they know me better than I know myself, and know what is best for me. If I had listened to them the first time, I would not have wasted so much time and energy.

4. School is not the most important thing

Growing up, my parents always emphasized academics. They wanted me to take full advantage of every educational opportunity. During high school, I realized that being a well-rounded person is equally as important as school. It is valuable to learn skills such as being a good public speaker, how to play sports, and how to give back to the community.

5. Try not to get caught up in the stress

It is so hard to avoid and manage stress. Many times in my childhood, I felt overwhelmed by the stress and let it take over. Releasing stress by hitting the gym or writing is so critical. In hindsight, I realized that learning how to deal with stress is the key to success.

These five skills are so easy to forget. It is super important to keep these mind. If I had known these, I would be much more relaxed and learn how to make the most of my childhood. Lastly, I want to say that your childhood does not last forever. Cherish every last moment! Here's to growing up.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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