1. No matter how badly you want to do something, it's never okay to hurt someone's feelings.
2. You can never go back to yesterday and do what needed to be done for today.
This actually got me off academic probation in college, and as an adult I simply applied it to when I needed to work at night. (You can always watch "it" on DVR, but you can't go back and make that deadline.) Okay, fine. Sometimes I just wake up early instead. Seriously, Blacklist is a little too good to put off.
3. You can choose your friends, not your family.
So find a way to accept your family for who they are. As for your friends, keep shopping.
4. It's not a home until there's stuff on the walls.
Ironically, my walls have "stuff" that's been drawn on as well as purchased and placed on. I treasure them both.
5. No one will watch out for you, except you.
It's a lonely lesson to accept at first. But extremely empowering once you accept it.
6. There is no risk that comes without crazy amounts of mental torture.
And no, you can't prepare yourself for it. Cuz when you find yourself rocking in the corner, I promise it won't be from whatever you imagined it would be. Oh, maybe that was just me.
7. Everyone needs a mental vacation.
Sometimes that means hiding from my kids in my closet. Other times it means you know, quitting my job and writing a blog until I figure out my next move. :)
8. You don't always have to follow the rules.
In fact, life is more fun when you live just outside of them.
9. People are born as liars, cheats, and thieves.
As infants we convince you we need to be held in order to sleep. As toddlers we pretend we can't talk or didn't know the diaper NEEDED to stay on. As kids we flat out lie ALL THE TIME. As teenagers, we hide everything and steal stupid stuff like a carabineer, when we don't even rock climb. As adults, we tell ourselves, "it's for his/her own good" or we just don't even realize we lie anymore. Like when my husband looks me in the face and says, "No I didn't throw that out." ;/
10. I don't always to have 10 things. See number 8.