Lessons Learned in 2015

  • There is no kindness in this world except that which we choose to give.
  • Everyone is doing their best to do what they think is right.
  • The universe is not fair or unfair, it simply is. Nothing is personal when it happens by chance.
  • Humility is always appreciated by those you should be impressing.
  • There is no excuse for being a shitty human. Ever. So suck it up and do your best to be a good person, or you’ll just be embarrassed about it later.
  • If you are a good person and you are doing your best, then the opinion of people who don’t know you cannot hurt you.
  • Check yourself. Constantly.
  • There are two options when you are presented with a result you do not want after you have done good work: you can feel sorry for yourself and start making excuses to absolve yourself of responsibility, or you can accept it continue to do your best anyway. The second option can sometimes change your result into one you like better. The first just lets you keep feeling sorry for yourself.
  • It’s not like you can’t mourn for a period of time, but you’ll know when it’s time to move on.
  • Down time is as precious as active time — things done simply because you like to do them are not a waste of time.
  • Simply talking to someone about life views and morality is not a waste of time.
  • The things that drive you crazy about other people are probably some reflection of an aspect of yourself that you don’t like.
  • Bravery inspires others, no matter how scared you are in the moment.
  • Your opinions matter. Your actions matter. Your reasons for doing things, how you do them, everything about you matters. No one else could ever think the way you do, and no one has your experiences. I have been reminded of this constantly. Every time I have been quiet and chosen to sit out because I thought I didn’t have anything worth saying, I was proven wrong. Everything in my life, the things I have chosen, the things that were chosen for me, has made me so different from others, and that is alone is valuable.
  • Despite what they say, you are goddamn special snowflake — but here’s the thing: everyone is. Your specialness does not entitle you or make you inherently better than anyone else, but it does make you unique and worthy.
  • Your world is the place in which you have an immediate effect — your friends, your family, your team or coworkers. The differences you’ll be most proud of are those you make in your immediate circle.
  • Teamwork is an amazing thing. Letting go of your individual pride and ego frees you up.
  • I am worthy. I am enough.
  • I am 24. I am young and inexperienced, and I have a lot to learn.
  • I have time.
  • Tell people what you like about them. They don’t hear it enough.
  • You are going to make mistakes. It will be painful, embarrassing, but sometimes, glorious and funny. So faceplant into the ground. Topple things over, make noise, break things. Fail hard, fail fast, then get the fuck back up and try again. Do not hold yourself back for fear of failure; you’ll only be left wondering what you could really do. And let’s face it: you can do great things.