I've Only Been On Earth For Two Decades, But I Have Learned A Lot

I've Only Been On Earth For Two Decades, But I Have Learned A Lot

You can always pull from your life experiences.

I am a big believer that life experience oftentimes shapes how fast you will mature and grow as a person. Too often, society relates your age or the grade you are in school to how much you know and understand. As someone who feels that I have seen more than most have at a mere 20 years old, I cannot stress enough what experiencing different facets of life makes you realize as a person. So, what are my specific experiences? And what have I learned?

At 6 years old, I realized that there is no such thing as a perfectly happy family

At 8 years old, I realized that taking care of your mind and your heart is equally as important as taking care of your body.

At 10 years old, I realized that the only person who is going to look out for you 100% of the time is yourself

At 13 years old, I learned that hiding your pain is more hurtful than allowing yourself to be vulnerable

At 15 years old, I realized that life is very short and very precious and that you need to cherish your limited time on this planet

At 17 years old, I realized that in life, you may not have control over everything that happens to you and around you, but you do have a choice in how to take advantage of things you do have control over.

At 18 years old, I realized that it’s okay to not know what to do; everyone is figuring out what they are doing just like you are

At 19 years old, I learned that love is not ideal like it is portrayed in movies, but it is beautiful and sweet and gentle and something I am very appreciative of.

At 20 years old, I learned that no matter what you end up doing in life or who you decide to spend your life with, happiness is the only thing really worth fighting for in your life.

I have only been on this earth for two decades, but I feel that I have learned a lot about this crazy phenomenon called life. That being said, the things I have learned have all come from a single experience or a string of related experiences that have ingrained in my mind a lesson of life that often takes others quite some time to truly understand. Thus, I encourage all who read this to go throughout your life and pull lessons from your experiences.

The more you go through, the more you will learn and the more you will be able to grow and develop as a person. Pushing yourself to grow and to learn from the parts of your life that might be hard to comprehend or dissect is the best thing you can do for yourself because this whole process will bring you one step closer to understanding yourself and, further, your true purpose in life.

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10 Things Someone Who Grew Up In A Private School Knows

The 10 things that every private school-goer knows all too well.


1. Uniforms

Plaid. The one thing that every private school-goer knows all too well. It was made into jumpers, skirts, shorts, scouts, hair ties, basically anything you could imagine, the school plaid was made into. You had many different options on what to wear on a normal day, but you always dreaded dress uniform day because of skirts and ballet flats. But it made waking up late for school a whole lot easier.

2. New people were a big deal

New people weren't a big thing. Maybe one or two a year to a grade, but after freshman year no one new really showed up, making the new kid a big deal.

3. You've been to school with most of your class since Kindergarten

Most of your graduating class has been together since Kindergarten, maybe even preschool, if your school has it. They've become part of your family, and you can honestly say you've grown up with your best friends.

4. You've had the same teachers over and over

Having the same teacher two or three years in a row isn't a real surprise. They know what you are capable of and push you to do your best.

5. Everyone knows everybody. Especially everyone's business.

Your graduating class doesn't exceed 150. You know everyone in your grade and most likely everyone in the high school. Because of this, gossip spreads like wildfire. So everyone knows what's going on 10 minutes after it happens.

6. Your hair color was a big deal

If it's not a natural hair color, then forget about it. No dyeing your hair hot pink or blue or you could expect a phone call to your parents saying you have to get rid of it ASAP.

7. Your school isn't like "Gossip Girl"

There is no eating off campus for lunch or casually using your cell phone in class. Teachers are more strict and you can't skip class or just walk right off of campus.

8. Sports are a big deal

Your school is the best of the best at most sports. The teams normally go to the state championships. The rest of the school that doesn't play sports attends the games to cheer on the teams.

9. Boys had to be clean-shaven, and hair had to be cut

If you came to school and your hair was not cut or your beard was not shaved, you were written up and made to go in the bathroom and shave or have the head of discipline cut your hair. Basically, if you know you're getting written up for hair, it's best just to check out and go get a hair cut.

10. Free dress days were like a fashion show

Wearing a school uniform every day can really drive you mad. That free dress day once a month is what you lived for. It was basically a fashion show for everyone, except for those upperclassmen who were over everything and just wore sweat pants.

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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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