22 Things I’ve Learned Before I Turned 22

Recently, my friend Luis turned 22 and celebrated by posting a “22 Things I’ve Learned Before Turning 22” video on his channel. I’ve been inspired to share some things I’ve learned before turning this ripe, old age of 22.

  1. Be a leader, not a follower
  2. Accidents happen
  3. Older sisters are a blessing and a curse
  4. Moms always have your back
  5. It is OK to fail (over and over and over again)
  6. Gal pals are the best thing since sliced bread
  7. Everyone should have their own personal Manuelito in their life
  8. Cleaning is therapeutic
  9. English teachers are the best people, hands down
  10. Dads work too hard
  11. Sometimes you’re the toxic person in a relationship
  12. If you have feelings for someone, TELL THEM!
  13. High school years are NOT the best years of your life
  14. You can be funny without being a biatch
  15. Being complimented is not the worst thing
  16. Quality over quantity
  17. The gym ain’t for me
  18. It’s ok to be selfish
  19. It’s ok to not have a significant other
  21. Just cry
  22. My body is my body and I will do what I want with it

My 21st year of life was filled with *Kylie Jenner voicerealizing thingsI took on more responsibility in both my work and academia. I became a (community) college graduate at 21. I made (and lost) friends at 21. I tried (and failed) ((and succeeded)) at things I had never done before (aka driving, aka writing, aka life). I enter my 22nd year of life with a newfound optimism.

I think about all the different things that await me for 22. I’m going to become a tía at 22. I’ll start an internship at 22. I’m going to expand my digital content at 22. If I end up living somewhere completely new or being an entirely different person a year from now, then I know I’ll have done it for the better. I’m going to be selfish in my 22nd year. I’m going to demand more of myself and the relationships I embark on. It’s time I put those big girl panties on and actually do more.

May this 22nd year bring me happiness and clarity. Love you guys!

Please like my friend Luis’s video and subscribe to his channel! I’m blessed to be surrounded by talented individuals like him.

Here’s to a new year of life and a very happy birthday to me!

*cue Feliz Cumpleaños by RBD playing on the speakers*




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