Since the new year has begun, I have found myself with a few consuming thoughts. I've been aching to get back into the business of writing a blog, and while I must I admit I tried a few times, only now does it appear to be the right time.
It seems that since I've had my last birthday this past November, I've been yet again realizing just how far I've travelled since the last birthday I celebrated. (I do mean travel both literally and figuratively.) Birthdays always make me nostalgic for the past and typically encourage me to look forward to the future. All birthdays before my last, my twenty-fourth, I've been anxiously awaiting the new year's adventures. And while I do of course await those in this upcoming year, something is dauntingly hanging ahead of me as I'll celebrate my twenty-fifth birthday in ten months time. I think the future both excites and frightens me because it is something I have yet to figure out. (Again, consider this both literally and figuratively.)
This past month, I've spent a lot of personal time in reflection remembering the past and dreaming of what the future may hold. Remembering the past has made me realize how many lessons in life that people could never prepare you for as an adult. When I think about my childhood, I can vividly remember wanting to be an adult just so I could make my own choices and make my own life decisions. Now as I sometimes look at my students, who are on the brink of entering high school and beginning a new chapter in their lives, I so preciously want to tell them to enjoy it while it lasts.
Here are ten life lessons that I wish I would have known about ten years ago: