1. everyone has something that causes them so much sadness they don’t want to get out of bed in the morning. everyone struggles with giving up on something every day of their lives. yes, even celebrities. yes, even your parents. when you realize this, you look at the world differently forever. so realize this.
2. evolution ensures the survival of the species. everyone is constantly changing. the person who loved you last year might not like you right now. the person you become next year might not like you right now. like yourself right now. find people whose right now likes your right now and hold onto them until your right nows aren’t compatible anymore.
3. we are all granted with privilege in one way or another. figure out yours. then figure out how to protect those without that privilege, and how to dismantle the system that provides it.
4. love comes in as many flavors as ice-cream. don’t ever let someone who doesn’t understand your flavor tell you that it isn’t real. your love is real. your love is important. don’t let anyone stifle your love just because they’re stuck with plain vanilla.
5. drink more water.
6. some people just aren’t good people. this sucks. this is probably the most painful lesson you will ever have to learn. not everyone can be redeemed. sometimes, no matter how much you love someone, you’re going to have to let them go anyway. i’m sorry about that.
7. it’s okay to give up on things. never stick around after something stops being good for you, just because of the time you’ve spent on it already. this applies to people, too.
8. be nice to animals and children. even if they pee on you.
9. you are not always going to love your body. the world is not always going to love your body. take care of your body anyway, because it’s the only one you’re ever going to get. it’s the one place that will always be your home.
10. be respectful. even towards people who aren’t like you. especially towards people who aren’t like you. say please and thank you, and mean it. be grateful. be compassionate. learn. grow. explore. live.