Things I’ve learnt this year:
1. You don’t have to be what other people want you to be. You can be whoever you are.
2. If you stop trying to change yourself to fulfill other people’s ideas of you, you’ll be happier.
3. Friendship is not a competition. There is no winning and losing.
4. Even when it feels like nothing is going right and you’re miserable, you have to take a minute to think about how alive you are. How your heart beats, constantly, how your brain forms connections to keep your lungs moving, how your blood knows to collect oxygen and discard waste. How much your body desperately wants you to be alive. Because above all else, above the people and the places you have, all you’ve truly got for keeps is yourself.