Over the past 19 years of my life, I have learned a few valuable lessons that I decided to share.

1. Love yourself. This is number one on my list because it is the most important thing I have learned over the years especially during high school. Life is so much easier once you learn to love yourself.

2. Life doesn't stop for you. Even when you seem to be going through the worst thing that could possibly happen to you, life will not stop for you to get yourself together. Sometimes you have to be the one to pick up your broken pieces.

3. Life is all about enjoying the simple things. If you can find joy in the smallest things, life becomes a lot easier.

4. Alone time is necessary. It is important to give yourself some time to just sit back and think about things.

5. Take breaks. If you are extremely stressed about everything and you feel like there is nothing you can possibly do to fix your problems give yourself at least 20 minutes to do something to take your mind off of it. Once you take a break refocus with a better attitude and get it done.

6. Quality over Quantity. This goes for many things including friends. A few good and true friends are much better than a ton of fake ones you don't actually like.

7. Don't ever waste your time with people who make you feel bad about yourself. Whether you have friends or a significant other that constantly brings you down and makes you feel bad by being yourself get rid of them and be yourself.

8. Always be yourself. No matter what people have to say about you as long as you are happy and having fun it doesn't matter what other people have to say about you.

9. Always make self-improvements. You can always work on becoming a better person and learn from your past mistakes.

10. Your past does not define you. No matter what you have gone through in the past, you can still move forward. It is your life if you want to make changes you are the one in control.

11. Don't live with regrets. Life is too short not to do the things you have always wanted to do. If you have messed up move on from it.

12. Everything happens for a reason. I know this one is cliche and sometimes something so awful can happen that you can't find the truth in this statement. However, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. When something bad happens usually a lesson comes after, even if it's years later.

13. Challenge yourself. Stepping out of your comfort zone, even if it's a tiny step, can pay off tremendously in the end.

14. Don't force things to happen. If you are not into someone don't try to force feelings. Life is too short and you are wasting your time.

15. Find the joy in little things. When you are having a bad day think about all of the little things in life that make you happy. Cheer yourself up because life is too short to be sad.

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