I feel very fortunate for all that I’ve been through in the past year. The fact that I’m about to be a sophomore is slowly sinking in, and having to look back on everything has made me realize how much has changed. I’ve changed.

This time last year I was going through a hard fucking time, and I didn’t even realize how much more to expect in the months to come. But because of all of that, I’m here. Without the circumstances I was under, I would have never gone to state and I would have never met the people that I hold close to my heart. Not only did I learn a lot about other people and important life lessons that I would have never known, but I also learned a lot about myself and what I am capable of.

I’m glad I didn’t get stuck in that high school mentality that some people can’t grow out of. Not to say I’m better than people or know everything about the world, because I don’t. I know I have a shit ton of life lessons to learn, but I feel like I’m in a good mindset to take them in and actually apply them to my life instead of getting stuck my old habit of giving out advice that I can’t even follow for myself.

Everyone goes through their own shit. Everyone. People forget that. But everything happens for a reason. You may not see the reasons yet, but you’ll realize them over time. You just have to be patient enough and observant enough to realize them. This isn’t a journey that you always have to go through on your own; of course, there will be times when you need to think it through for yourself, but talking about it and getting another perspective also helps in figuring out why things are the way they are.

There is another lesson that I heard people talk about, but I didn’t realize the full extent of it until I talked about my past and learned about myself. We have the power in our lives to make choices; if you let someone take that power away, then are you really living? I know now that one of the most important things that I have is my ability to make my own choices to control my life. I will never again let someone take that away from me. And yes, my choices may lead to mistakes, but honestly, the only thing wrong with making a mistake is not learning from it. Don’t get sucked into the vicious cycle of making the same mistake time and time again. Learn from your experiences, and grow as a person.

I thought I solely came to college for my education. But in reality, I learned about myself.

tl;dr - I’ve learned a lot about myself in the short time I’ve been in college. Life lessons so far: Everything happens for a reason. Don’t let anyone take away your ability to make choices in your life. Learn from your mistakes.

It stands for everything happens for a reason. “Being able to recognize that everything that happens is part of the plan of your life, that you can’t control it and that everything will work out is one of the most important parts of living a happy life” 💗 #newtattoo #love #ehfar (at Philadelphia Eddie’s Tattoo 621)

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