Things I’ve learned this year so far…

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  1.  Just because you are related, or family, does not give you an automatic ticket into a true lifelong friendship. In fact, it’s okay if you don’t get along. It’s no one’s fault; we’re all different and have unique personalities. We don’t have to like each other, nor do we have to pretend like we do.
  2. Not all conversations have to revolve around God. I know, I know. This is a touchy subject. I respect differences, and welcome them. Trying to convert me – not okay. Also not okay – bringing up God at every conversation. It’s okay to switch the subject when friends or family do this. It’s also okay to say, “I don’t want to talk about this right now.” Or ever.
  3. Taking a leave of absence was the best medicine for my mental health. Never ever work in an environment where people gossip about you, and others. Never ever ever trust anyone who gossips about other people – they are without a doubt gossiping about you, too.
  4. You can’t save everyone. If you need to get out of a poisonous situation, but feel guilt because you’re leaving someone vulnerable behind, rest assured knowing that they will take care of themselves in the end (see #3).
  5. Always trust your gut instinct.
  6. Life is too short. 
  7. Being a teacher is hard.
  8. Being human is hard.
  9. Staying positive is hard.
  10. Put yourself out of your comfort zone. I can be shy and quiet, or bubbly and energetic. Let people in, and stop shutting doors. It’s okay to laugh out loud, to ask silly questions and to say whatever pops into your head.