21 Things I Learned at 21

As of April 16, 2019, I have lived 21 years of my life. I’m officially 21 years young! College has been a time of growth and change, and I’ve learned so much here at Iowa State. I wanted to reflect on 21 things I learned at the age of 21.

Wanna see how I’ve changed and grown? Check out my post from last year, “20 Things I Learned at 20.”

Here we go:

  1. Critical thinking is important and a valuable skill. Things aren’t always as bad as they seem.
  2. When people say that exercise makes you feel better, they’re serious. I know you hate exercising, Celeste, but get some fresh air and go on a walk when you can. It’s good for you.
  3. People who are kind and confident have a certain glow about them. If you want to glow up, that’s how.
  4. Nothing productive comes from hating people and refusing to forgive them. Free yourself from that mindset and realize that everything happened for a reason.
  5. Please eat more fruits and vegetables. You can’t eat ramen and mayonnaise forever.
  6. You won’t feel embarrassed about things if you choose not to feel shame. It’s easier said than done, but it changed my life and made me more confident.
  7. There is a lot to learn from cats. They are smarter than we think.
  8. There’s a difference in being lonely and being alone. Embrace being alone, and don’t equate it to being lonely.
  9. Instead of saying, “I’m sorry,” say, “Thank you.”
  10. Treat your friends. They really deserve it sometimes.
  11. If you worry about something too much before it happens, you basically make yourself suffer twice.
  12. Some things are better left unsaid. If it’s not productive or won’t help the situation, maybe it’s better to step back and do what’s best for the situation and the other person’s feelings.
  13. Being oblivious can be the better, healthier choice sometimes. You’re not choosing to be stupid; you’re choosing not to know the things you don’t need to know and live on happily.
  14. Expectations are what cause suffering. Free yourself of expectations and you’ll find yourself to feel lighter. Do things out of love, only if it’s out of genuine love, and don’t expect anything back.
  15. Don’t give up on your art! You might not be the most skilled or have the most practice, but you can still do it for fun!
  16. Nothing productive comes from believing you are ugly. Hype yourself up.
  17. Read more books. It helps you get into the minds of different kinds of people. It makes you more compassionate.
  18. There is always something to learn from each person and encounter that you have. While there are a lot of people who are no longer active in my life, I am thankful for what they taught me.
  19. Some things are beautiful and precious because they are yours.
  20. Not everyone has to like you. You can’t make everyone happy, but you can try to make yourself happy.
  21. The woman you are becoming will cost you relationships, belongings, and decisions. Choose her above everything else.

Keep growing and don’t give up on yourself. Good luck.

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