It’s the end of the month. The 31-day challenge is coming to a close. I can’t help but think in ways I have really succeeded, and in ways I have really failed. My posts have been sporadic at best. However, I have really enjoyed what I have written and it has been awhile since I have paid my blog so much attention so I thought for the end of the month I would think of a list of a few life lessons this project has helped me realize over the last month. Whether it was through the Self-Love Project or through personal experiences of the month, here is a short and quickly compiled list of some reflections I have had on the life lessons I have learned or am still learning.
1. A win for a friend is a win for both of you. Celebrate it.
2. Sometimes you will disappear off the face of the earth. Your true friends will understand.
3. Don’t Drink and Drive. Don’t Text and Drive.
4. Make great friends, make good friends, make mediocre friends. Just make sure they are real people who can share in your laughter, tears, and triumphs.
5. Take pictures. Lots of them. Don’t delete them.
6. Travel and explore. The world, the country, the state, your town.
7. Write. Your thoughts, your dreams, your daily activities. One day you will rejoice for the fact that you saved them.
8. Spend time with your cousins. Who else is going to help make family parties more fun? They also understand your dysfunctional family.
9. Learn to drive a big truck. Learn to back it up.
10. Appreciate wine. Learn to open the bottle unconventionally, you will use this skill more than you know.
11. Learn to cook a dish. Learn to cook a meal. Even if it’s just one.
12. Clean the weird places you didn’t know existed. . . like the baseboards and the blinds and the spot behind the toaster.
13. Read real books about real places, real people, and real situations. Don’t assume everything you read is true, but appreciate the places, stories, and situations anyway.
14. Learn how to handle alone time. You will not always be in the presence of others, abandonment is an inevitable part of living.
15. You can’t unsay something.
16. Learn how to parallel park. Any car.
17. When we worry about what others think of us, we are really judging our reaction to what they think of us. So we are really worried about what we think of us.
18. We all have complicated stories.
19. School wasn’t really about learning a lot of things, it was more about learning how to learn.
20. Invest. In your friendships, in you relationships, in your work. Invest, in yourself.
Finally, remember to love yourself, because in the end. . . no one has it all figured out. The best we can do is keep trying.
This self-love post was submitted for the 31-Day Self-Love Writing Challenge. Even though January is over, you can continue to write from the prompts if they inspire you. February’s self-love writing prompt is Be Your Own Valentine. Join our February Self-Love Writing Challenge Facebook event to continue sharing your self-love journey in a safe community.