You’ll learn some friendships aren’t meant to last. You might grow in different directions — and that is okay. You’ll always have your memories. The good times you shared still matter, even though they might be out of your life.
You’ll learn some people only want to keep you around when you can do something for them. When you become an inconvenience, they won’t pay as much attention to you. You need to weed these people out of your life and only keep true friends around.
You’ll learn failure isn’t the end of your journey. Most good things in life don’t come easy. If you want to succeed, then you need to try again and again. You can’t give up on yourself after one or two setbacks.
You’ll learn even family members can disappoint you. Just because someone is a blood relative doesn’t mean they deserve your time and attention. Sometimes, the people who you love the most are the people who hurt you the most.
You’ll learn relationships aren’t easy. You can’t expect someone to stay with you if you aren’t putting in any effort. You need to give them reassurances or they’re going to feel like you aren’t interested anymore. You can’t stop trying just because you’ve been together for a while.
You’ll learn timelines are impossible to stick to because life is unpredictable. You cannot expect to be married by a certain age or have kids by a certain age. You need to let things happen when they’re meant to happen instead of forcing them.
You’ll learn you can’t force someone to love you. Even if you do everything right, someone might not be interested. It says nothing about your worth. You’ll find someone who fits you better in the future, but you need to let go of this wrong person first.
You’ll learn the only person you can rely on is yourself. Other people can disappoint you, but you’re not in charge of them. However, you’re in complete control of your actions. You get to choose what decisions you make, and you’ll always have yourself.
You’ll learn your mental health matters as much as your physical health. You can’t ignore your problems and hope they’ll go away. You need to examine your emotions and figure out why you feel the way you feel. You need to pay attention to what your mind and body are telling you.
You’ll learn it’s not easy to balance your responsibilities and your social life. You won’t always have time for fun — but you can’t always ditch friends because of work, either. You have to find a healthy balance.
You’ll learn adults are just as confused as you are. They don’t actually know what they’re doing, either. Everyone is simply trying their best. And you need to do the same.
You’ll learn how important it is to love yourself. If you dislike yourself, a relationship isn’t going to change your mind. Compliments aren’t going to change your mind. You need to spend time with yourself and get to know yourself. You need to dedicate time to self-care.