21 Things I've Learned in 21 Years: #1

Posted on

I’ve always hated birthdays. Birthdays mean expectations, and I’m not great with those. I prefer to avoid attention on my birthdays in hopes of avoiding disappointment. But this year, my 21st year, I decided that birthdays should mean reflection.

I celebrated my 21st birthday just this past Monday. And I know I didn’t magically become a different person at the turn of the clock, but for the first time ever, I feel like birthdays mean something – they mark your evolution as a person.

I think it is important for me to reflect and document the lessons I’ve learned over the years, for me to be able to look back at a past version of myself and see how far I’ve come. I’m not claiming that I’m as wise as Yoda, but I’m proud to admit that I think I am a much better person and in a much better place than I was, say, 3 years ago.  

And so, here is the first out of twenty-one things I’ve learned in 21 years.