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23 lessons I’ve learned in 23 years

Lessons I've learned

Lessons. Today is my birthday. That is the reason why yesterday came no new article and why I am publishing today on a Thursday. Today on the 25th of May 2017 I am turning 23 years old. A number that was never special to me. It never occurred to me that this number would change anything. When I grew up birthdays like turning 10, 13, 16, 18, 20,21 and 22 seemed special to me. So, since this year I am celebrating my birthday because I am grateful to be able to spend more time on this beautiful earth I wrote down 23 lessons I’ve learned in 23 years.

Lessons I've learned

  1. Be there for the people I love.
    No matter how busy my schedule is, no matter what my own problems are, I am there for the people I love when they need me.
  2. Distance doesn’t matter.
    Because I know that I can count on the people who live far away no matter what.
  3. Give and receive second chances.
    Everybody deserves a second chance and there will come a time where I am happy that someone gives me a second chance, too.
  4. Be honest especially to the people you love.
  5. Trust can be destroyed too easily.
    It takes a lot of time and effort to build it up and is destroyed within seconds.
  6. Do what makes you happy.
    You are the only person that makes yourself happy.
  7. There is no right or wrong.
  8. To be beautiful on the outside is never enough, to be beautiful on the inside is a lot more important.
  9. Life goes on!
    No matter how big my problems seems to be today, there will come days where those problems don’t matter anymore.
  10. Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
  11. I can do this!
    Believe in yourself and you will gain strength to do everything you want to accomplish.
  12. Walk away from people that make you feel like you are worth nothing.
  13. I should be thankful that I was born into a wonderful family.
    In today’s world it matters where and when you are born. How your future will turn out is often decided with the place you were born in.
  14. There are people who will never accept me.
    I’ve learnt that no matter how I am, there will always be people who dislike me or hate me for what I am doing – but that is ok!
  15. Think positive no matter how bad you feel.
    Your thoughts are so important. So, I’ve learned that I can live a better life if I think positive 98% of my time.
  16. People forget words, people forget the things you did but they will never forget how I made them feel.
  17. It is ok that I never followed groups.
    Maybe in my teens I was an outsider but at least I didn’t do anything just to be “cool”.
  18. I learn from your mistakes.
    No one is perfect but you should never make the same mistake repeatedly.
  19. You only regret the things you didn’t do. But do what feels right for you.
  20. Education is never not important.
    Even though you may not go to school or university anymore, never stop educating yourself.
  21. True love exists.
    No matter in which form.
  22. Self-acceptance is key so I can proudly say that I love myself.
    It may sound narcissistic but I truly learned to fully love myself with all my flaws. The only person I will have for the rest of my life is myself and if I don’t love myself how will anybody else love me?!
  23. Growing up is not as bad as it seems. I am glad that I am not 16 anymore.

And you know what the best part about my birthday is? That these 23 things are not the last things I will learn and I am extremely happy to experience loads more. If you want to know what I wore for my last birthday check out this article.

Now I am off to enjoy the rest of my special day. More updates on what exactly is happing today are on Instagram @vanessakawali .


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Vanessa Schwenk

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