23 Lessons I learned at the Age of 23

28783239_1573593302693753_5723329812123090944_nThey always say time goes faster the older you get, but I know that isn’t true. Time just becomes more precious. I started my 24th journey around the sun this week, and for the first time in my life I said “I feel so old” and actually meant it. I said that at the age of 13, but knew I was practically still a child. I said that at the age of 17, but knew I wasn’t even an adult yet and far from old. And I said that at the age of 21, but was always surrounded by people who made me feel like the baby.

I know I am not old. Being in your early 20’s doesn’t make you old. But boy, did 23 make me grow up. And in a sense, I feel so much older than I did at this time last year. I learned more at 23 than I have any other year of my life. I had the most self growth and learned more about myself this past year than I have in all of my other years combined. Not too mention, I had some of the best experiences, and made so many memories that I know I will hold onto forever. I loved 23, and I am sad to see it go. But since it was such a big milestone for me, I decided to share 23 lessons I learned at the age of 23.

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  1. Happiness comes from the inside some place between your head and your heart.
  2. Everything else that “makes you happy” just adds to the happiness that is or isn’t there.
  3. Traveling will be the greatest teacher you’ve ever had.
  4. This world is big, and witnessing it will make you feel small.
  5. No body will ever have the same outlook as you, accept it.
  6. You’ll be surprised who makes an effort when you stop making an effort.
  7. You’ll be even more surprised by who doesn’t.
  8. Just because someone tells you they’re “doing good” doesn’t mean they are.
  9. Self love will be the hardest lesson you’ll ever learn.
  10. You may not ever fully learn it. That is okay,  don’t ever stop trying.
  11. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same interests as you will make you feel connected.
  12. Surrounding yourself with people who have different interests than you will make you learn.
  13. Beauty standards are just made up by society.
  14. Everyone has a different perception of beauty and success.
  15. Marriage should never feel like the end. It should always feel like the beginning of something amazing.
  16. If it starts to feel like an end, there is usually something that can fix it. Try hard, it’s worth it.
  17. It’s okay to constantly change your interests and passions to find what makes you happy.
  18. Growing older is no excuse to stop doing something
  19. Communication and honesty is key in every relationship; friends and family included.
  20. Good music or a good view are the two cures to just about everything.
  21. It’s okay to be vulnerable and sensitive about your feelings.
  22. There is always something that can make life feel more beautiful. Look for it.
  23. There is never a right time to do something you want, do it now.

 

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Onto the 24th year of this beautiful life I’m living, and onto the next adventure, Wren

 

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