Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve posted but now that the semester is over, I can cater to this a little bit more. The semester was definitely a long one but I accomplished and learned a great deal of lessons along the way which leads me to the topic of today’s post. There were five major lessons I took away from this semester and the first year of my twenties that I’d like to share.
1. It’s okay to not have it all figured out.
Lesson number one. I went into this semester thinking I had it all figured out, only for me to realize mid-semester that I indeed did not have it figured out. I often times found myself comparing my own success to the success of those around me. And truth be told, that type of bad habit will eat you alive. However, instead of letting this cause me some mental damage, I allowed it to be my motivation. I began thinking, “What is it that you want to accomplish?” “What are you going to do to get there?” With these questions in mind, I began to be okay with being uncomfortable and set reasonable goals for myself. I began joining different clubs and taking on leadership roles in organizations that I was already a part of. This forced me outside of my comfort zone but has been so beneficial thus far.
2. Surround yourself with those that have a like mindset.
Lesson number two. I’ve had the same group of friends since my first year at Indiana University and I can honestly say that they are my biggest blessing. I think it’s important to have people around you that share the same views as you but also challenge you along the way to think differently when you’re having a hard time being open-minded. It’s a great feeling when you all can vibe off of one another’s ambition and push each other to be the best version of yourselves.
3. Take every opportunity that lands into your lap.
Lesson number three. If there is one thing that I have learned while in college, it is that time waits for no one honey. Some of the opportunities that have been presented to me while in college are truly once in a lifetime. After my study abroad trip this past summer, this has been something that I constantly have to remind myself of. God places opportunities in your life for a reason and that is because he has already set a path for us. We just have to brave enough to take that leap of faith. Walk by faith and not by sight.
4. Trust God at all times.
Lesson number four. I have learned that if nobody has me, God has me. I feel like it is important for me to be transparent as I write about this lesson. My relationship with God is a definitely a working progress. It could be much better and I am still learning not to lean onto my own understanding and question God’s plans. I am in no way, shape, or form the perfect person but I know that God still loves me and he is definitely REAL. Are there areas that I could work on to be a better person? Yes. Will I get it right all the time? No. But is God’s grace and mercy sufficient enough to get me there? Absolutely. If it weren’t for God, I would not be where I am today.
5. You and your friends will have separate lives, you all are still friends.
Lesson number five. Finally. This last lesson is something that I’ve struggled with a lot this last semester until recently receiving a text from a good friend of mine. As I try and become accustomed to adulthood, I have come to realize that the amount of time you spend with your friends and those closest to you becomes shorter and shorter by the day. However, what’s important is that you cherish the moments that you do get to spend with them and let them know how much you love and appreciate them at all times. Eventually, we’ll all meet up and connect again. But for right now, it’s important that we support one another and lift each other up so that we can all accomplish everything that God has in store for every one of us.
These are just some of the lessons that I have learned in my twentieth year. I can’t wait to see what chapter 21 brings (Coming up on Jan. 21st btw…WOOHOO!). If anyone out there has felt how I have, be patient and be the best version of yourself that you can be. There’s one more thing I want to leave you all with:
Good. Better. Best. Blessed. Never let me rest, until my good is BETTER, my better is BEST and my best becomes BLESSED.