Sitting here trying my hardest to hold on to my last few moments as a 22 year old.
Still feel in awe of this intricately beautiful world we live in.
Still trying to wrap my head around time and how quickly it passes us by.
Wondering if maybe the point of life is that we don't know all the answers. Maybe the best part is that we can be whomever we want to be - that we can try our hardest, fail miserably, and rise again.
That as we live we learn what grace, love, and truth are. We learn them from the moments we are undeservedly given them, we give them in the moments we grow.
Thinking back on 22 and everything it meant to me: heartbreak, adventure, family, friendships, progress, joy.
I realized more than ever how beautiful and important friendships are. How much oxygen and truth they can give. How important it is to find the people who love you and listen to what they tell you.
I learned how important it is to be vulnerable and brave with who you are - to dare greatly, to strive greatly, and to be content with who you are in this moment.
I've learned that hard work pays off and that in the end integrity and work ethic supersede uncultivated talent.
I've learned that if you believe in yourself and you respect yourself others will too.
I've learned that there is nothing more significant than right now. The moment you're in is all you have. I've learned how important it is to not let it slip away.
I've learned that sometimes the best things to do are the hardest and that it's important to challenge yourself to do the hard things and the right things even when they aren't convenient. I've also learned some things the hard way.
I've learned the most important thing in life is to love. I've learned that the key to happiness is gratitude.
I've learned that every person you meet is a beautiful soul and that everything you do can be an opportunity to make their life brighter even if it's just in the smallest way.
I've learned that I'm just me and that's all I have to be :)