Peace (and Happiness)

Lately, I’ve felt beyond blessed for the friends and family I have in my life.

After a rough few months adjusting to my new adulthood (which, by the way, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be), I’m finally starting to feel more at peace with my life as a whole. I’ve learned a couple new life lessons in these past few months that have proven extremely helpful in dealing with life.

For example, I’ve learned that it’s okay not to be where you want to/think you should be. I’ve seen friends who graduated and got these amazing jobs and traveled to these amazing places, and to be honest, it made me feel inadequate. I felt like all of these people knew exactly what to do, how to do it, and had everything together. Instead, I was struggling to find a job, figure out exactly what I wanted to do, and what route I wanted to go. After pulling myself together, I realized that it’s okay to not know what I’m doing. As long as I keep going towards some type of goal and keep applying to jobs I’m interested in, things will work out. Maybe not this second, but I have a long future of working — who knows what’s in store for me.

I also learned that it’s time to choose people in your life that are only going to make you better. I can’t even explain how grateful I am for my family — they’ve helped me, loved me, and hung out with me when I didn’t want to do anything but be in their company and catch up. Family is the only true constant in your life, and mine is absolutely beyond amazing. I also have cut my friend group significantly, and I couldn’t be happier. Too many people freak out over issues that become irrelevant within a few weeks. Instead, I’ve surrounded myself with fun-loving, good-hearted people who care about me. They push me to be myself and not care what other people think, and for that, I’m so thankful.

The last thing that I’ve learned recently is to be at peace with the past and people/things that just didn’t work. I can’t continue to get upset over the same issues; it’s quite exhausting. Just because something didn’t work out doesn’t make you a failure, it just means that you’re learning and growing up. Leaving those things in the past, as mistakes and lessons, and focusing on the future is what truly matters. There’s no point in wasting time and energy on things that aren’t working. It’s better to focus on the million other things that are going well, and to expand those tenfold. The peace you feel will only contribute to your overall happiness in your life.

At a time of thanks (with Thanksgiving being this week and all), I am so thankful for the people and experiences in my life. They have made me who I am and have molded me into the person that’s ready for whatever comes next. No matter what happens, it’s time to be peaceful, let go of negative people and emotions, and look forward to a bright and exciting future.

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