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Ten things I've learned in the 10 years I've been out of high school

1. Water is everything. Omg this is the first thing that came to mind HA! It's so true. I feel myself losing hydration and water is the root to so many ailments. Headache? Hungry? Sluggish? Can't commit to Essie Madison AveHUE or Cute as a Button? Water cures it %90 of the time.

2. Educating yourself; whether academically, through workshops or individual programs, or just by living life. It's so fulfilling to be informed and appreciate the ability to learn. Prob most thankful for this and gratified with already completed endeavors and excited for what's to come.

3. Friends. Best said, some will stay, some will go. Remember the expression "a person comes in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime", for it screams truth. Each friend I have is full to the brim of their soul with goodness. As I've grown in ten years, I can surmise it: if you're kind to servers, laugh at and appreciate awkward settings, and buy me big gaudy and fabulous jewelry for my birthday, you're good people in my book. I'm half kidding about the jewelry thing. Maybe.

4. Relations. I feel so fortunate to have experienced the usual heartaches in high school. I believe in Garth brooks' "unanswered prayers", forever and ever, amen. For the last seven years, I could not be more thankful to have an amazing commitment with an incredible person. If you've ever felt disgustedly low during high school heartbreak, ugh. Woof. Trust me, you do get through it. Love exists in more ways than not.

5. You really do need to pay yourself first when you get your paycheck. My poppy always said this. I used to give him $5-10 a payday in high school. Do it more than you don't at least.

6. This next one is inspired by a commencement speech Shonda Rhimes gave. My favorite takeaway: "Quit being a dreamer and start being a doer". This is one of the biggest learning opportunities for me in the last ten years. I recommend it strikes a nerve for everyone else too.

7. Speak up. Speak out. Speak directly. Speak respectfully. "That's all I have to say about that" -Forrest Gump

8. Call your grandparents and cousins and aunts or uncles. Near, far, wherever everyone lives, stay in touch. If you can't be there physically for things, use the world we live in to make effort. Social media abolishes neglecting. #makeitwork

9. Give things a fair shake while forming an opinion. Try not to be that a*hole in the room barking how it is and ignoring anything different from what you think you know.

10. Drinking. For the love of all that is hydrated. Please see my answer for number one again. In ten years, I've learned tequila is not my friend (#baconeggcheeseplease); shots are from the devil himself, who takes over your friends/new friends/crazy uncle when in party mode; and cheese fries with ranch and a Mountain Dew will kick a hangover's ass, no matter how big or small. Just do it and then make detox lemon water when you can go in the kitchen without your sunglasses on, to lesson the brightness of the lemon's skin. I may or may not be referring to actual life events I've participated in.

And one for good luck, right? Right.

#Numba 11. I have learned to appreciate myself and my quirkiness in the last ten years. And I hope, more people than not, say the same thing. We all bring something to this world. We all have the ability to use our power for good over evil. And, when in doubt, choose kindness.

Til we meet again,
M
VBHS: 04_FOSHO

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  1. Haha, how could I forget 04_FOSHO <3 <3

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  2. It came back to me like a ton o'bricks my friend. We shall never fully forget that part of our legacy :)

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