5 Things I Learned Before My Senior Year

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With yoga, I am forced to focus on the task at hand, so my thoughts can't run away from me, also increasing my general concentration. Sometimes, if I'm running late, I have to forgo my morning yoga, which, I've found, takes a toll on my mood, energy level, and outlook of the day. I'd much rather wake up the extra 30 minutes early than to feel so low when I don't!

5. Live your life, your way! Life is way too short to hesitate on doing the things you want to do, especially if you're worried about how others may react or treat you based on what you want to do. Your happiness will radiate, and allow others to be happy for you, regardless of their previous feelings. People who truly care about you only want your happiness; if not, those are the people you don't need in your life. YOLO! There's so much to do with such little time to do it! If you want to cut or dye your hair, do it because hair grows back! If you want to completely change your style, do it because clothes are just clothes and don't define you. If you want to go skydiving, do it (safely) because that is a really cool story you can tell everyone you know! Basically, live, and those who are meant to be in your life, will follow.

6. Don't give up on your dreams! I was recently told by someone I have never met, that I couldn't achieve my goal. Without even meeting me, or listening to me during our phone conversation, or knowing my abilities, she assumed I wouldn't be qualified. Instead of taking what she said and letting it deter me from doing what I'm passionate about, I'm going to push myself harder than I ever have before and prove her wrong. Letting those who doubted you see how far you've come, and did what they said you couldn't, is the best motivator and greatest pleasure. Never let someone take away what you're passionate about; a life without happiness and passion is no life at all.

7. Be happy! Nowadays, there's so much to be unhappy about, that we forget all the things there are to be happy about. Take the time to tell those you care about how much they mean to you, because tomorrow's not promised. Appreciate every grass blade because it could easily disappear. Be kind to every person you meet because they're going through a struggle you couldn't even begin to imagine. Listen to the world around you because it reminds you of your mortality and vitality. If you're in desperate need of a happy pill, put on something funny that'll make you laugh really hard, go for a jog to release some endorphin, or listen to songs that make you feel good and want to jump around. Live la vida loca!

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