I was laying in the hotel bed thinking and I just had to get up and write some of this stuff down.
I came to DC to find myself. As cliche as it sounds, it's true. I don't know if I found myself necessarily, I still have a lot of looking to do, but I did realize some things:
Horoscopes can be eerily accurate.
We all make mistakes, some bigger than others. Bad decisions are a part of life. I don't regret any mistakes I've made. I don't think any one should. I think the thing that I regret the most is not listening to my gut sooner and sacrificing my dreams and my happiness for part of me that told me they were unattainable.
Stop, and take a deep breath. We all make decisions in the heat of the moment, but don't let your emotions overwhelm you.
If you really want something, sometimes you just have to go for it.
People come in and out of your life all the time, some fast and others slow. I really do believe that the people you meet, you meet for a reason, though what that reason is may not be readily apparent.
You think you know how you're going to react when someone breezes in and then is gone before you want them to be. But, I'm not mad. I'm not even disappointed. I'm... I don't know... If you're reading this (and I think you know who you are, if you are) I just want the best for you. Remember, never settle for just being content. I know there are others you have to factor into you decision making, but if they truly love you, they will support you. Sometimes you have to put yourself first, and you can't adequately take care of others if you don't take care of yourself. You know how to reach me if you ever need, or want, to.
Never forget to pack an umbrella.
I like being alone. I like being able to make spur of the moment decisions and go and do what I want.
That being said, I see the value in traveling with someone.
No one is worth not eating over.
Change is scary.
First impressions are everything.
Failure is a part of life. No one is perfect. The people at the top have failed more times than you have even tried.
Don't compare yourself to others.
Progress is glacially slow.
Put yourself out there.
Lean back, and cross your fingers. That's all you can do sometimes.
Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
I am better at giving advice than taking it.
Sometimes writing things down is the best way to process something. And this is why I place a huge value on being able to write and write well. I know that was a lot and it was meant more for me than for anyone else. I had to deal with my existential crisis somehow.