19 Things I learned in 2019

There are only two days left of 2019. What?!

We’re reaching the end of an entire decade, and if you’re anything like me, you’re probably stressed out about that. Everyone is sharing their accomplishments from the past ten years, which is cool! But every time I read one of those posts it’s a surefire way to make me get the stress sweats and overthink my entire life. I’m making progress, I just feel like it’s been so slow going. Or at least it feels that way. That’s probably just me being dramatic and overly critical of myself, but hey, at least I’m staying on brand.

Anyway, 2019 was a weird one. Here’s a few things I learned this year:

  1. It’s okay to say you can’t do something anymore
  2. Working from home is every bit as wonderful and every bit as lonely as people say it is
  3. Making friends as an adult is hard
  4. When you’re least expecting it, the universe will bring a kitten to your door as proof that good things happen
  5. You will burn out eventually – but you will come back brighter
  6. Things aren’t going to just fix themselves overnight, you have to put the work in yourself
  7. Things change and sometimes you just have to get over the fact that you can’t go back to the way things used to be
  8. You shouldn’t have to apologize for the way you feel
  9. At some point you just have to accept the fact that people you love will make you feel like crap sometimes
  10. Contrary to that nagging voice in your head, you actually can do that thing you’ve wanted to do for years but were too afraid to try
  11. You can be both sad for yourself when things are bad and happy for loved ones when things are going well for them at the same time
  12. Comparing your life to anyone else’s is a waste of time but I’ll probably always do it
  13. It’s okay to be angry as long as you don’t use it as an excuse to be hurtful
  14. Life is better when you spend more time talking about the things you love rather than the things you hate
  15. Existing as a woman who is happy and content with their disability is an act of resistance itself
  16. People will tell you how unpleasant you are and that just looking for reasons to be angry when you force them to confront ugly truths they’d rather be oblivious to. It’s a sign you’re doing something right.
  17. That mistake isn’t as big as you’ve built it up to be in your head
  18. Letting yourself relax isn’t a waste of time – you should be doing more things that make you happy instead of constantly feeling guilty about how productive you are or aren’t
  19. It’s enough that you’re here

Thanks for everything, 2019. The good, the bad, and all that weird stuff in the middle.

See you all in 2020!

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