17 things I learned in 2017
I’m not going to lie and say that 2017 was the best year in my life. It wasn’t. But with that being said, it doesn’t mean I didn’t have any good things happen to me. With the new year came new faces and new adventures that I wouldn’t change for anything. Reflecting on the year though, I’ve learned 17 things I wish I knew before.
- Time really does fly by
You ever had the feeling where you were in a lecture and the class just seemed to drag on forever, like it was never going to end? Well, it’s not always going to be like this. Time flies by so fast you rarely have the time to stop and take notice of it. Things will get better and you will face new challenges ahead.
- It’s okay to be emotional
You don’t have to be strong 24/7. You’re allowed to have feelings but many times we forget that. Stop holding it all it and let it out as it comes. No one is going to judge you for being human!
- Being single is not a bad thing
When you’re single, you have time to work on yourself. Use this time wisely so when the right person comes along, you’re ready to be in a relationship. Being single does NOT mean that you’re lonely, it means that you know what you want and don’t want to settle for second best.
- Change is scary
No, circumstances around you aren’t always going to stay the same. You have to be ready to change to go after what you want. Either you get ready for change or change your dreams. If you really want something, then you have to put some effort into it.
- People change and that’s okay
SURPRISE! People change! They meet new people and make new goals. No one is every the same throughout the course of a year and that’s okay, because at the end of the year, you’re not the same person you were when it first began. They change and so do you. It’s a part of life.
- Change is also good
People need to drop the allusion that change is terrible. Yes, it can sometimes be for the worse but it could also be for the best. Always be open to the idea of change.
- Meet new people
You may think it’s hard to meet people with the same interests as you, but it’s really not. Stop closing yourself off from the world and go say hello. Don’t be afraid to talk to new faces and be open to new friendships.
- Living on your own is not as fun as you think
There’s quite a bunch of you who have this allusion that living on your own, always from your family, is a dream come true. For some of you, that may actually be the case but it’s really not all that you make it out to be. It’s a lot more work and responsibility than living with your parents. You have to make sure you pay the bills, do laundry every few days, go grocery shopping, clean, etc. The main thing though is its very lonely. No, I’m not saying it’s all that bad because I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, but I don’t think I’ll be doing it again anytime soon
- Take it day by day
So many times we get so easily caught up in a million different things that have yet to be done. You need to remember to slow it down, and take it day by day. Allow yourself some room to breathe.
- Don’t get too comfortable
The situation you are currently in, is not always going to be that. You have to be able to adapt when circumstances around you change. Don’t get too comfortable or it will be harder for you to make the transition.
- Don’t procrastinate
I tell myself before every semester ‘this time around, I won’t wait for the last day. I’ll do it the very day it’s assigned.’ But let’s get real for a minute, how many of you actually follow through with that? I know that I didn’t for the longest time. Yet, I realize how smart that really is. Waiting for the last day to do something just causes you to gain an excessive amount of stress and causes your work to be far less than your best.
- I still have a lot to learn
Remember all those times your parents would start saying something to you and you’d interrupt them and say “I know”? Well we all know that you don’t really know but just say you know, you know? The more you learn, the more you realize just how little you know about everything.
- College is not high school
I don’t know what kind of movies you watched while growing up or what stories you heard but let’s get one thing straight: college is not high school. It’s not a place where you come to party and have an endless number of hookups. College is preparing you for real life so get real about it.
- No one thinks the same way as you
I know that this may come as a shock to you but guess what guys? People don’t really think the same way as you. Like at all. You may think one thing and they might think the complete opposite and that’s absolutely normal. However, that doesn’t mean either one of you is wrong. We’re all entitled to our own opinion.
- People move on
So that’s your friend huh? Guess what? It’s not always going to be that way and that’s okay. People you were friends with growing up will move on and so will you. In a sense you will out-grow them and that’s completely fine! Your true friends will stay by your side and that what really counts. If they decide to leave the picture, don’t beg them to stay in your life. Move on.
- Be yourself
Remember how I said that people change? Yea, that could go in 2 directions. Sometimes they change to be more like someone else, and sometimes they change to be true to themselves. You need to always keep in mind that there’s no one out there who is you but you. You are unique so stop giving that up to become another version of someone else.
- Take a lot of pictures
This is the one I regret the most. I remember snips and bits of my summer but I don’t have many pictures of us. When you start to reminisce over the past months or years, you want to be able to have pictures that go with the stories. There really isn’t such thing as having too much photos because those are not just pictures but memories.