It’s been a little over a year since I graduated college and entered the workforce. I’ve learned a few things and made a lot of mistakes. Here are the top 10 things I wish I could go back and tell myself.
*These aren’t in any particular order. They’re just lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way.
- Your student loans aren’t disappearing overnight. Checking Nelnet every night to calculate and recalculate and estimate how much you should spend to magically make them disappear isn’t healthy. They aren’t going anywhere. You got got. Obsessing over your student loans only will increase your stress and that’s not something you need.
- You should like what you do. It may not always be easy. But you should like what you do.
- Learn the word no.
- “They” aren’t worth it. Your friends who you feel you have to call every week that never make the effort to call you aren’t worth it. The guy you’re stressing over, LOL girl get a grip. You do have a few real ones in your circle. Unfortunately, you’re so busy obsessing over why the fake ones won’t love you to appreciate them. If “they” cause you stress, they have to go.
- Going back to D.C. every chance you get because you haven’t made friends in your area is detrimental to your health, mind, body, soul, spirit, and bank account. Let. It. Go. Yes, your good friends are all there, but I’m sure if you made a serious effort to make new friends you could have good friends in New Jersey too.
- God is a good God. He raises you up in your highs and loves all over you in your lows. He wants you to succeed but you have to lean on him.
- It’s okay to constantly obsess over makeup. It’s clearly something you’re passionate about. So, why not devote your time to growing in your craft?
- If you surround yourself with people who don’t care, eventually you won’t care and you are better than that. Excel.
- You are what you eat. You can’t eat french fries every chance you get. Salads are good and carrots are great.
- Life’s hard. Not just college. Not just living in D.C. with practically no money. Life is hard. But you have to go THROUGH the valley of the shadow of death. Not around. Not beside. THROUGH. It’s hard, but it’s only going to make you better and prepare you for your blessing.
Do you wish you could give your past self some advice? Leave it in the comments section below!