24 Lessons for My 24th Birthday

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  1. Apathy is intoxicating
  2. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health
  3. Knowing you have a problem isn’t the same as addressing it
  4. You should always take care of yourself first
  5. You should empathize with others, but never excuse or justify their toxic behavior
  6. It’s okay to not be okay
  7. Harboring regret or resentment for the past will only ruin your present
  8. What you’ve experienced and where you’ve been shape how you perceive the world
  9. Some friendships are cyclical
  10. You have to show yourself compassion
  11. You have to constantly question the things you think and why you think them
  12. You’re allowed to feel entitled and deserving of certain things
  13. Worrying about what others are doing is a waste of time
  14. You have to be an active participant in your own life
  15. Investing in yourself is everything
  16. You need to believe those close to you when they say you are “loved” and “worthwhile”
  17. You should break bad habits before they become ingrained in your identity
  18. You need to love yourself before you can love others
  19. Adulthood is what you make of it
  20. Trauma from the past will bleed into the present if you don’t address it
  21. Saying the right thing and doing the right thing are completely different
  22. You mean more to other people than you think
  23. You should embrace change and push yourself to grow and become better
  24. Own every part of your identity—the good, the bad, and the ugly


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