17 Harsh But Important Lessons 2017 Has Taught Me

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1. You can’t convince someone to stay.

2. Hurting is better than feeling numb.

3. Being single can feel better than being in a relationship where you feel more alone.

4. Some people will hate every bit of you and all you can do is accept that and move on.

5. Friends will come and go, don’t let that ruin your self esteem.

6. Pounds will come and go, don’t let a number define you.

7. Every person you know is struggling with something. Reach out.

8. Sex feels way better when it’s with someone who you care about.

9. No matter how much you like someone, it doesn’t mean they will automatically reciprocate those feelings.

10. Never ever chase someone who doesn’t want to be chased.

11. You are worth more than you think you are.

12. Good friends are hard to find, so when you find them, hold on tight.

13. Sometimes life is shitty. But life will also go on.

14. Don’t ever say no to Paris, or New York, or LA, or your dreams for a boy.

15. You will never get to where you want to be in life by complaining.

16. Boys will continue to ghost you, hurt you, and disappoint you. But boys will also continue to give you butterflies, make you giddy, and give you love.

17. This is YOUR life. Don’t live just to please other people. TC mark

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You look back and you just feel stupid.
You can’t forgive yourself for falling
or believing all the lies.
You reread every text.
You relive every memory.
And it all starts making sense —
he never wanted love.
He only wanted attention.
He only wanted validation.

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