Even If 2018 Was Your Worst Year, Consider It Your Best For All The Lessons You Learned

Even If 2018 Was Your Worst Year, Consider It Your Best For All The Lessons You Learned

Despite all your hardships, you gained something so extremely useful in the end: experience.


There's always that year that no one seems to talk about. That year when things just didn't seem to go your way. But don't blame the year. Sometimes, certain things just don't work out in your favor and that's totally fine. If 2018 was one of your worst years, pause for a minute. Is there really such a thing as the worst year? And even if you felt like that, you should first ask yourself... did you learn from these experiences?

I feel like the worst thing you can possibly do following bad experiences in your life is to not learn from them. When you learn from your past mistakes or experiences that happened to you, you grow. You grow mentally as a person and you better yourself. It's not guaranteed that the same thing won't happen to you again, but learning from your past will definitely help prevent similar situations in the future.

For example, let's say in 2018 you met a horrible guy who just used you and mentally drained you, yet you loved the fool and you gave him all of you. In the end, he broke your heart anyway and you came to the conclusion that 2018 sucked. Once you're done sulking, you should begin your personal process of growth. Learn how to protect your heart and how to love yourself first.

Let's say you got rejected from your dream university. Don't blame the entire year for that rejection. Don't blame yourself either. Learn how to do better instead or learn how to accept rejection. Learn that you can't always get what you want in life and that some things happen for a reason.

The point is, although 2018 may have seemed like a tough year for you, don't regret it. Don't regret your decisions. Because despite all your hardships, you gained something so extremely useful in the end: experience. Experience is one of the most valuable lessons in life. Your experiences will change you. But you have to let them change you.

Try and understand that as a human being, you will definitely change. The person you are in 2018 is not the same person you will be in 2019. Or in 2025. Or in 2050. Don't cry or be sad about those unlucky events that happened to you this year, be happy they happened to you because now you are able to use your experiences as guidelines for growth.

I know for me, 2018 had extremely high points and extremely low points. When I remember the low points, I make sure I keep in mind what I learned from them and how I can better myself from them. I never regret my constant mental breakdowns my freshman year of college. I never regret knowing certain people that used me to their advantage. I remind myself they are simply a step in my process of growth and self-reflection. So if you think 2018 wasn't your year, transform your experiences into guidelines that you can implement in 2019, where there will definitely be a new you!

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Why Getting Away From Where You Grew Up Is Important

College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

As you get older, life sometimes makes it hard for you to take control and go to the places you've only dreamed of. There's always a work meeting, ballet recital, or something to hold you back from taking that trip planned four summers ago. College is the perfect time to get away from home and go out into the real world.

It's important to get away from everything you know at one point in your life. There is a whole world full of risk, chance, and experience. The security you have in your hometown can be traded in for adventure and change. There's a time to try something new, learn something that blows your mind, or go somewhere that takes your breath away. That time is now, to feel like you are actually doing something worthwhile with your life.

It is important to get away from where you have grown up for some of your life. You need to grow on your own, without anyone there to tell you you're wrong or out of line being a certain way. The transition from high school to college is the gift of independence. You choose who you get to be without anyone holding your past against you. It's a do-over, a second chance after the mistakes and regrets you lived through in high school. Yet, being away from home has its drawbacks as you lose familiar faces, a steady schedule, and many creature comforts. But, all of these can be found in a new place with time. Leaving the place you grew up gives you another chance to grow again, without boundaries. Travel whenever you get an opportunity because it may not come again. Test your limits while living your actual dreams. Go out and explore the world—you're only here once and don't have time to take it for granted. Leaving everything you know sounds scary, but there are great memories to be made out there.

Whether this new place for you is two hours from home, or 20, it's different, it's exciting and it's change. It is important to get away from where you grew up and learn from the adventures you embark on. It is the best way to find yourself and who you want to be. It's what you'll remember when you look back on everything you've done.

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For Camille, With Love

To my godmother, my second mom, my rooted confidence, my support


First grade, March. It was my first birthday without my mom. You through a huge party for me, a sleepover with friends from school. It included dress up games and making pizza and Disney trivia. You, along with help from my grandma, threw me the best birthday party a 7-year-old could possibly want.

During elementary school, I carpooled with you and a few of the neighborhood kids. I was always the last one to be dropped off, sometimes you would sneak a donut for me. Living next door to you was a blessing. You helped me with everything. In second grade, you helped me rehearse lines for history day so I could get extra credit. In 4th grade, you helped me build my California mission.

You and your sister came out to my 6th grade "graduation". You bought me balloons and made me feel as if moving onto middle school was the coolest thing in the entire world.

While you moved away from next door, you were a constant in my life. Going to Ruby's Diner for my birthday, seeing movies at the Irvine Spectrum and just hanging out, I saw you all the time. During these times, you told me about all of the silly things you did with my mom and dad, how my mom was your best friend. I couldn't have had a greater godmother.

In middle school, you pushed me to do my best and to enroll in honors. You helped me through puberty and the awkward stages of being a woman.

Every single time I saw you, it would light up my entire day, my week. You were more than my godmother, you were my second mom. You understood things that my grandma didn't.

When you married John, you included me in your wedding. I still have that picture of you, Jessica, Aaron and myself on my wall at college. I was so happy for you.

Freshmen year of high school, you told me to do my best. I did my best because of you. When my grandma passed away that year, your shoulder was the one I wanted to cry on.

You were there when I needed to escape home. You understood me when I thought no one would. You helped me learn to drive, letting me drive all the way from San Clemente to Orange.

When I was applying to colleges, you encouraged me to spread my wings and fly. You told me I should explore, get out of California. I wanted to study in London, you told me to do it. That's why, when I study abroad this Spring in London, I will do it for you.

When I had gotten into UWT, you told me to go there. I did and here I am, succeeding and living my best in Tacoma. I do it for you, because of you.

When I graduated high school and I was able to deliver a speech during our baccalaureate, you cheered me on. You recorded it for me, so I could show people who weren't able to make it to the ceremony. You were one of the few people able to come to my actual graduation. You helped me celebrate the accomplishments and awards from my hard work.

When your cancer came back, I was so worried. I was afraid for you, I was afraid of what I would do without the support you had always given me. When I was in Rome, I went to the Vatican and had gotten a Cross with a purple gem in the middle blessed by the Pope to help you with your treatments. It was something from me and a little bit of my mom in the necklace, the gem.

Now, sitting so far from you away at college just like you wanted me to. I miss you. I wish I was there to say goodbye.

I'll travel the world for you, write lots of stories and books for you, I will live life to the fullest for you.

You are another angel taken too early in life. Please say hello to my parents and grandma in Heaven for me.

Lots of love,


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