Good morning everyone! I hope we’re all have a good start to another day. Today, I want to talk to you about life lessons. Things I had to learn the hard way actually. Bad situations that I actually got something good out of. I’m going to get a little personal, which isn’t easy. So bare with me here and I hope this post will inspire you to write about your own.
When I was 18-years-old, I dated a guy that was mean, aggressive, and abusive. Yet, I loved him? One night, he dumped me. It hurt so much that I couldn’t sleep in my room because of the pictures. A few days later, he gave me a second chance. We went on two dates and then he ignored me for two weeks. He made me think he was sick so I made a “Get Well Soon” box with all his favorite things. It was humiliating and he made me think I wasn’t a real person.
Takeaway: after all of this, I actually learned to love myself. I became confident and felt strong. Like nothing could break me down or hurt me again. It was empowering. I guess being with a terrible person made me realize how great I am.
One summer, my camp and I went to Lost Island. I stood in the wave pool where I could touch the bottom. Then, the waves started. I got swept in and I waved my hands at two lifeguards that were too busy gossiping. I kept going under and then I couldn’t find an open spot because of all the inner-tubes. Then, a hand grabbed mine and pulled me up. A lady helped me out of the water and walked me back to my camp. She saved my life and I will always be grateful.
Takeaway: I want to say this made me realize how short life is, but I’m not going to. How I see it is you can’t rely on the help of others, not everyone at least. It made me more protective of myself and more careful. I don’t run off and do risky things thinking someone will save me. It doesn’t work like that.
BEST FRIEND BETRAYAL
In 8th grade, I had my first boyfriend. After a year of being together, I learned he cheated which led to our break up. Weeks later, I went to the Iowa State Fair with my best friend, Elizabeth, and her dad. She kept smiling at her phone but wouldn’t tell me why. So, I looked and saw my ex and her talking about their make out sessions. Apparently, she was one of the girls he cheated on me with. I was heartbroken. And guess what else, she rubbed it in my face. Saying “oh, look who’s texting me” or “oh, I just love kissing him” and so on. The worst part, I was an hour away from home and stuck with her the entire day.
Takeaway: I knew she was selfish and sometimes hard to trust but never thought she’d do something like that to me. Now, I don’t let people like her in my life. If I have trouble trusting you, well, you aren’t cut out to be my friend.
Thanks for reading everyone! It was easy writing about all of this. I don’t like getting personal because it makes me feel vulnerable. I’m sure we can all relate. Is there anything you’d like to share with me about life lessons? Comment below!