The Second Semester: 10 Things I’ve Learned About Life in the Past 4 Months

There’s no introduction to this post. Honestly, there was no easy introduction to this semester. I jumped right in, blindly. And I am wholeheartedly grateful. I was taught these things the hard way, and these past 4 months have been the best of my life for that very reason.

1. Attitude is everything. Don’t you dare let outside influences affect your mindset. A negative mind will never, ever, lead to a positive life.

2. With that, a positive mind leads to looking at many things in a different light. Failures should always be seen as a learning opportunity and an opportunity to improve as a person. Always. No matter how badly you wanted to succeed.

3. Never conform. Ever. Do things the way you think things should be done. I guarantee people will follow. Why? Because if you are confident in what you are doing, people will be confident in what you are doing. Be you. ALWAYS.

4. Never settle. If something is not up to your standards, change it. Age doesn’t matter–your classification doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 16 or 30, if you want to change something, you should.

5. Education is absolutely a privilege. There are many that don’t get it. Treat it as a privilege and work as if you could lose your opportunity of education by tomorrow. There are no guarantees in life.

6. If you’re passionate about something, absolutely jump into it. Throw caution to the wind. We are all searching for something we’re passionate about. If you’re fortunate enough to find your passion, cling onto it for dear life.

7. Life is what you make it. Truly. This is something I’m particularly passionate about. I think it is so important to get the most out of life. You only have one life–live it out. I know this hits particularly close to home, but watching Netflix all the time when you could be going on road trips or talking to friends or learning isn’t exactly living life to the fullest.

8. However, to counter #7, it is entirely important to have Netflix moments. In fact, rest in itself is completely not glorified enough. Rest is such an important aspect to life. Being busy all the time has become too much of a popular thing. It is important to stop what you’re doing and relax.

Jesus did just the same. When he was overwhelmed, he made sure to take time when it was solely Him and God. Rest cleared Jesus’ mind.

Rest will clear yours.

9. While talking about being busy, don’t become involved in things just to fill up your resume. Sure, it is very important to have experience to put on your resume, but become involved in something because you care about it and want to improve it. The resume building aspect of involvement is merely the cherry on top.

10. Value everything. Be thankful for everything.

Be thankful for failures, be thankful for successes.

Be thankful for new friends, old friends, and people who aren’t friends anymore.

Be thankful for awkward moments and crappy dorm beds.

Be thankful for dorm food and nights spent watching 90’s movies by yourself.

Be thankful for cold nights and rainy nights, but also for beautiful days.

Be thankful for unplanned nights that end up spent on top of a skyscraper in Tulsa.

Be thankful for nights where you panic about your future.

Be thankful for midnight runs to Whataburger.

Be thankful for a scary RA but also for neighbors that will terrorize your RA with you.

Be thankful for forks.

Be thankful for showers.

Be thankful for the guys (or girls) that you were interested in that didn’t work out.

Be thankful that you had pneumonia over Christmas break and that you have a really hilarious story to tell.

Be thankful for breathing.

Be thankful for laughter.

Be thankful for your liver.

Be thankful for life. Be thankful for God.

We live a beautiful life full of lessons, no?

How exciting to live in an ever changing world.

God is so cool.

p.s.– it is still totally important to say hi to people even if you think they don’t remember you because (fun fact) they actually do remember you and they think you don’t remember them. So say hi. I guarantee you’ll make a friend.

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