4.01.2015

20 Things I've Learned During My 20 Years of Life


Today is my 20th birthday.

All I can say is 'Wow'...

Teenager years are behind me.

Wasn't really sure how I felt about this, or what I wanted to write about on my blog.  But I decided on sharing with you my oh so grand wisdom that my 20-year-old brain now holds.  These are just life lessons I have learned over the years, with maybe a few memories mixed in there.

Enjoy.

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1.  My parents love me more than I could ever realize, though I may understand one day when I have children of my own.  They have always given me advice, encouraged my dreams, and cried with me over my mistakes.

2.  Stars are my obsession that was birthed on my second birthday when my Mama bundled me up and took me outside to watch as Comet Hale-Bopp shot across the sky in 1997.

3.  Even though my brother and I have grown apart and lead very different lives, he is and always will be my number one partner in crime, my protector, and one who will never judge my decisions but rather support and encourage me in my choices.

4.  My little sisters and brother are some of the daily challenges I face, but I can never imagine my life without them.

5.  I dislike money.  Sure, it's useful, but it's so freaking inconvenient.  And you have to worry about when to pay what and how much and where and and and...

6.  Rainy days make for some of the best days.

7.  The truth will set you free.

8.  Travel.

9.  It's okay to leave pieces of my heart in other parts of the world.

10.  Reading never gets old.  Make time for it.  And I can never have 'too many' books.

11.  When in doubt, choose black.

12.  Music is life.  It's not a passion.  It's part of who I am.

13.  Explore different styles until I find the one I feel cute and comfortable in.  And if that style is a little bit of everything, that's okay.

14.  Languages are addicting.

15.  Tea can heal.

16.  The most important quality a man must possess is his undying, passionate love and fear of God, coupled with his ability to lead - physically and spiritually.  Once that is distinguished, everything else will fall into place.

17.  I can never make someone understand anything.  All I can do is say what I feel needs to be said, and trust that God will use my words in whatever way He sees fit to.

18.  The world is full of people who will literally find pleasure in hating others.  These people are not worth my time and if I get down about what they say about me, I have let them win.

19.  True friends are very hard to find.  Friends who will stick with me through thick and thin, invest time and effort in my life.  When I find those individuals, never ever let them go.

20.  God laughs at what I think is impossible.  And then proceeds to show off (because He can) in allowing to happen what I could never have ever planned or accomplished.


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As part of my new year as a freaking 20 year old, I will be doing a 365 day photo challenge on Instagram.  Follow along @itsjustraquel.


5 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Raquel!!!

    This list is wonderful!! "Even though my brother and I have grown apart and lead very different lives, he is and always will be my number one partner in crime, my protector, and one who will never judge my decisions but rather support and encourage me in my choices." I sat there reading thinking "That is totally me and my brothers!!" (I have two older bros.) Our lives are vastly different, but they are the first people I would run to for help. :)
    I hope this year is amazing and full of new opportunities for you.

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  2. Yes, yes, yes and amen to all of the above! Last year I started my very first full-time job and I definitely relate to #5. The more you have, the more you have to take care of. It's frustrating, but I guess it's part of growing up. :P

    I just recently read your "about" page as well as your testimony. Thanks so much for sharing your story! It really is very powerful and encouraging, a great reminder for how willing and ready I need to be in sharing my own. Also, I think it's so cool that you're an ENTJ! I'm an ENFP. :)

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  3. Happy 20th Birthday, Raquel! :D
    These memories and lessons are very fun and thoughtful, thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Happy Birthday Raquel! Thanks for sharing this, it is very inspiring.
    It's hard to believe how fast the teenage years fly by, isn't it? And through all those fast paced years, God never leaves us. Amazing!

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  5. How can we every have TOO many books!? :)

    Again, you've written another sweet post, Raquel.

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