Another year, another dollar... Time to reminisce about the year I learned the most about myself. 2010.
1.) It's ok to step outside the box. It's ok to be an individual.
2.) Perception is not always reality. What I think and what is really going on, is not always the same. Numbers never lie, people do.... so get good numbers.
3.) I've learned that there's nothing better than a good helping of humility at least once a day. Pride often looks far too innocent.
4.) I like all of my music on my iTunes.. except when it's on shuffle. Then I like about 1 in every fifteen songs on my iTunes.
5.) Judging people before you know them is not fair. I never really realized how judgmental I actually was until this year. Thus, I'm still working on my judgment skills.
6.) Meditation is wonderful. Since I started meditating and taking it seriously, my concentration has improved miraculously, I'm less bothered by little things and I have a better understanding of my inner self.
7.) It's important to try and see the good in everyone. Everyone inspires me in some way, some form...If you give people long enough, they will show their kind, positive side. I believe this applies to 99% of people.
8.) Time may heal most wounds, but not all.
9.) I was never into writing, but now I find therapy through it.
10.) I've finally found myself: who I really am. And I feel damn good about it.
11.) I learn more from children and teens than I ever thought possible.
12.) Making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
13.) It's been a couple years since I've trusted a man romantically, I still don't see that happening any time soon.
14.) I used to hate touching people... but I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm hug or just a friendly pat on the back.
15.) I've learned that regardless of my relationship with my parents, I miss them terribly when they are so far away.
16.) Sometimes I look at my phone 3 consecutive times and still not know what time is is.
17.) Nothing sucks more that that moment during an argument when you realize that you're wrong.
18.) I've learned that no matter where I go... the world's worst drivers follow me there.
19.) Bad decisions sometimes make good stories.
20.) Being a slob is ok... sometimes....
21.) I really try not to judge people, but if they have bad sloppy eating/table manners... game over.
22.) Sometimes, no matter how positive and encouraging your advice is.. people aren't ready to hear it.
23.) I have the choice to focus on the positive or negative aspect of a situation.
24.) Holding a grudge against someone harms you far more than it will ever harm anyone else. I try and find a better use for my energy.
25.) The older I get, the more wise I get... and the more I grow out of text messaging. I absolutely hate hate hate it when people text me 2-6 page texts in a simple conversation. I despise it so much that whatever you are saying to me, I probably only take in half of it. Short and sweet. End of story.
26.) Patience.... truly is a virtue.
27.) It is way easier for me to forgive others than to forgive myself.
28.) I may be strong and I may be brave but I am always astounded by how many tears my body can produce.
29.) I've come to the realization that if I stay single the rest of my life, I'll be ok. I like it just being me.
30.) Family is EVERYTHING.
31.) Friends are next.
32.) I am always responsible for what I have done. No matter how I feel.
33.) I can either control my attitude, or it can control me.
34.) My best friend and I can do anything, or nothing... and still have the best time.
35.) Sometimes when I'm angry, I'm allowed to be angry.. but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel or rude.
36.) No matter how much I can care about some people, they just don't care back.
37.) Maturity doesn't necessarily mean how many birthdays you've celebrated.. rather what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them.
39.) I still can not fold fitted sheets. Ugh.
40.) Never ever tell a child that their dreams are silly and to color inside the lines.
41.) My life was completely changed in a matter of hours, by people and kids I don't even know.
42.) Art. Saves. Lives.
43.) There is always going to be a teacher that doesn't like me.
44.) It used to be a lot easier for me to react than to think... Now all I can do is think.
45.) I have an appreciation for all music.
46.) I do want to travel. Everywhere. Culture is one of the things that inspires me the most.
47.) I used to be more conservative.. that was before everything I know now. Now I believe in peace.
48.) You really can't change other people, and it's rude to try. Being your own individual is most important.
49.) Yelling ALWAYS makes things worse.
50.) Whenever I think about worrying what everyone else thinks of me, I really think I'm just worried about what I think of me.
51.) NOBODY has it "all" figured out.
52.) People who complain the most, accomplish the least. I really wish more people would see this.
53.) You can't be good at everything. Someone is always going to be better at something than you.
54.) I truly think the world would be a better place if everyone read National Geographics.
55.) Words are immensely powerful. One cruel word could damage someone for a lifetime.
56.) One of the best things you can do for your kids is take them on road trips. I'm not a parent- but I was a kid once.. :)
57.) Wishing things were different... is another way to torture yourself.
58.) Giving is far better than receiving.
59.) People need to understand the meaning of Respect.
60.) I have learned that there's always a lot more to learn.