1. If you see something pretty or cool or interesting, take a picture of it. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for being that person who whips their camera out every time they see a dog.

2. Just because someone else may have it worse doesn't mean your pain isn't valid. You are allowed to be upset when bad things happen to you. Pain is relative and someone always has it worse; you don't have to feel guilty for your sadness.

3. They may not deserve your forgiveness, but you deserve the freedom that comes with forgiving.

4. On that note, forgiving someone for hurting you doesn't mean you have to give them the chance to hurt you again. You're not obligated to give second chances.

5. If you don't want to make plans, just don't make them. It's so much nicer to hear, "Sorry, I'm just really not feeling it right now," from the get go than to have someone cancel at the last minute because they never wanted to do something in the first place.

6. Laughter really is the best medicine.

7. Pet all the dogs. Just ask their owners for permission first.

8. Look, I know better than most that you cannot exercise away your mental illness. That being said, exercise really can help. If nothing else, it can clear your head and remind you of how strong you really are. The human body is amazing; take some time to test it out.

9. Self care days are of the utmost importance. Take care of yourself.

10. Some people are just meant to be in the same story.

11. You are the brightest star in your galaxy. Don't forget that.

12. You hardly ever end up where you want to be, but you'll always be where you need to be. Give it some time and hindsight will show you what I mean.

13. It costs exactly $0 to not be a dick. Kindness can save lives.

14. Dancing is the only fun way to exercise, so you should definitely turn that song up as loud as you can stand and embrace your inner dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen.

15. Everyone needs a creative outlet. Whether it's writing or knitting or origami, find something to create that makes you happy. It's so satisfying.

16. It's okay to be clingy as long as you respect boundaries. It's not wrong to want to be with someone all the time or to need affection; it's wrong to force yourself on someone who may not want that constant attention. 

17. Just because someone doesn't express their love in the same way as you doesn't mean they don't love you or that you love them more. It just means you're different.

18. Words can't help you if they aren't voiced. Do you know how many problems can be solved with a single conversation? I know it can be scary, but actions only speak louder than words if the words back the actions up.

19. You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat servers at a restaurant. Don't waste your time on someone who's a dick to the person who handles their food.

20. Do not be afraid to be alone. There's nothing wrong with it. You are strong enough to stand on your own and live your life. Never buy into the lie that is "you're nothing without me."

21. Some nights you just need to stay in and watch rom-coms in your pajamas. That doesn't make you boring, that makes you self-aware.

22. If you go out and buy new underwear instead of doing your laundry, you may want to examine why that is. If you can't go a week without running out of underwear, then yeah, sure, go buy some more. If you have enough to go a month without doing laundry and still go buy new ones, please just do your laundry.

23. The benefit of having a extremely messy room is that it's literally impossible for anyone to sneak in in the middle of the night without waking you up. Or at least, that's how I rationalize my lack of cleaning abilities.

24. Just do your homework. Stop saying, "I'll start after I finish this episode," because we all know you're not going to. I know it's the worst, but just bite the bullet and do your work. Stop creating undue stress in your life. Do. Your. Homework. Kylee.

Published by Kylee Jackson