You should have learned that when life doesn’t go the way you have planned, it can actually turn out for the better.
You should have learned what it means to stand up for yourself, even up against those that you love and admire.
You should have learned that you can only really rely on yourself to accomplish what it takes to achieve your dreams.
You should have learned that you can’t control or predict the actions of others around you, but the ones meant to be in your life will already act accordingly.
You should have learned the importance of not only having family support and love you, but accepting it willingly into your life when you know you need it.
You should have learned what it means to plan ahead for your future and how satisfying it feels when those plans start falling into place.
You should have learned how to deal with and accept the changes that happen in life when it doesn’t match up to what you’ve always imagined it to be.
You should have learned how to calm yourself of all your thoughts and meditate—to sit there with nothing and no one to distract you from focusing on just your breathing.
You should have learned how to go against your impulses and really think about your choices before making them.
You should have learned how to take a break from making sure everyone is happy and stop to think about what makes you happy instead.
You should have learned that searching for a deeper meaning as to why things happen doesn’t always make the situation better and that maybe just letting it go to move on to the next part of your life will actually be the better choice.
You should have learned that expressing everything off the top of your head could lead you to trouble, but thinking about what you say before you say it might actually help your argument instead of turning people away.
You should have learned that a strong value of yours may have to be changed, but that doesn’t make you inconsistent or unreliable—you have simply discovered a better way to live.
You should have learned that making everything look good in the eyes of others, doesn’t mean it’s going to feel good to you.
You should have learned that your optimism and positivity won’t always make the others around you feel the same, but to never let them take that away from you.
You should have learned that you don’t have to constantly be achieving success in order to be happy and the real joy in life is found in the littles things, like the smell of blooming flowers and the feeling of waves brushing up against your skin.