75 Things My Mother Taught Me About Life

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  1. Nothing that’s handed to you in a silver platter is worth having. And nothing worth having will be handed to you. Fight for what you want.
  2. If you have to fight, hit first. And hit hard.
  3. There is no such thing as having too much fun.
  4. You were lovely long before he loved you. You will be lovely after that, too.
  5. While drunk, don’t give your number to anyone you wouldn’t talk to when sober.
  6. There is nothing that a George Strait song can’t fix.
  7. When people act like they don’t care about you, believe them.
  8. A relationship can only end two ways: You will either break up with that person or end up marrying them. Don’t waste your time with someone unless you can accept both outcomes.
  9. No man on Earth will ever love you as much as your dad does.
  10. There’s a fine line between being fun and being obnoxious. Make sure you’re not on the wrong side of it.
  11. Rompers don’t work on everyone.
  12. Wear the romper anyways.
  13. Mondays are fine. Maybe it’s your routine that sucks.
  14. If it’s your routine that sucks, change it.
  15. There is a big difference between listening and being quiet while waiting for your turn to talk. Listen to what others have to say. Listen whole-heartedly and carefully.
  16. Fall in love as often as you can. Fall in love with songs, with books, with places, and fall in love with people. But above all, fall in love with yourself.
  17. Running away from your feelings is a race you will never win.
  18. Think extensively before making crucial decisions. Make sure that when you close a door, you’re perfectly content with shutting it.
  19. Make him chase you.
  20. Be worth the chase.
  21. When a relationship is over, walk away. You will not gain anything from watering a dead flower.
  22. Slow down. Life is passing you by. Make the most out of every moment.
  23. Good people do bad things.
  24. Bad people do good things.
  25. You really don’t need that sixth glass of whiskey. Have it anyway.
  26. Gatorade and Advil will be your greatest friends for when you’re regretting that glass of whiskey.
  27. Not receiving any message is also a message.
  28. If I was to repeat the same joke ten times in a row, you wouldn’t laugh at it after a few times. There is no reason for you to cry over and over again for the same reason.
  29. You don’t get to choose whom you love.
  30. Your friends will give you all sorts of advice. Listen to them, take their point of view into consideration. And then do whatever you want. Because your friends are great, but you need to make your own mistakes every now and then.
  31. Make mistakes. Lots and lots of them. But learn from every single one. And never make the same mistake twice.
  32. Do not let anyone else dictate your happiness.
  33. If you like that dress, wear it. Life is too short to pick your clothes depending on other people’s thoughts.
  34. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Listen to your gut instincts.
  35. When someone does something wrong, don’t forget everything they did right.
  36. Travel as often as you can. Visit places you’ve always dreamed of going to, but don’t neglect the places you’ve never heard of. Go to that country in Africa whose name you can’t pronounce.
  37. Be kind to others.
  38. Be kind to yourself.
  39. Confidence is key.
  40. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
  41. People can only stab you in the back if you hand them the knife. Don’t trust everyone around you. But when you find someone worth trusting, trust them with your life.
  42. Always do the right thing. And when you can’t, convince yourself that what you did was the right thing.
  43. Lust is Saturday night. Love is Sunday morning
  44. Be able to take blame when you do something wrong.
  45. Don’t always ask for credit when you do something right.
  46. When in doubt, don’t text him.
  47. But don’t be afraid of texting him every once in a while.
  48. Make a list of everything you look for in a romantic partner. Tear that list up. Your heart will love when your heart is ready to love.
  49. Don’t rush into a relationship because you don’t like being single. You’re better off alone than with someone you don’t truly love.
  50. Not everyone can pull off red lipstick.
  51. Except people with lips.
  52. Wear red lipstick.
  53. Often.
  54. Actions speak louder than words.
  55. But words are pretty loud, too.
  56. Don’t speak too fast. Every word you’ve ever said has led to where you are this very moment. Choose your words prudently.
  57. Cherish every moment, for every second spent is a second you will never get back.
  58. If he makes you feel uncomfortable for ordering a hamburger on your first date, make sure that’s your last date.
  59. Live life to the fullest. No one will hate you for living life too fully.
  60. Don’t you ever wish you were dead.
  61. Never forget where home is.
  62. Don’t be the girl he cheats with.
  63. Don’t be the girl he cheats on.
  64. It doesn’t matter if “they weren’t even dating.” If you feel the need to justify it, you’re wrong.
  65. You’re never too old to need your mom.
  66. If he doesn’t accept you for who you are, walk away.
  67. If he makes you cry, walk away.
  68. Sometimes walking away is the hardest decision you’ll have to make.
  69. You are strong enough to make that decision.
  70. College is the greatest time of your life. Make the most out of it.
  71. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  72. Painted nails can immensely improve your mood.
  73. Own a leather jacket and take that jacket out every time you want to explore your rebellious side.
  74. Try not to act on impulse.
  75. Act on impulse. It’s great. TC mark

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