#NoteToSelf: guest post

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Hey everyone!

Today Heather from Porcelain Beauty is taking over the #NoteToSelf. She didn't pick a quote like most people tend to do, but that's completely fine. Everyone is allowed to do it their way, here in this little corner of the internet. It's a beautiful one, so carry on reading!

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"Heather, it doesn't matter that you never got the highest grades, you never did exceptionally well in your academic subjects, you gave up too easily. It doesn't matter that you didn't make a bunch of friends in high school, and it doesn't matter that you don't talk to the ones you did. It doesn't matter that within a blink of an eye your college experience was over and done with, and it definitely doesn't matter that you didn't walk out in the direction you thought you would. It doesn't matter that your parents would probably prefer it if you got a "proper education" or threw yourself fully into a career. It doesn't matter that you're not making a lot of money, and it doesn't matter that you don't really know where you're going.

It doesn't matter that you have no real job prospects, and that you have no idea what you'll be doing next week, never mind in 5 years time. It doesn't matter that you enrolled at university because you felt like it was the right next stage, not necessarily because you actually wanted to. It doesn't matter that everyone else on your course is incredible and extremely talented and you feel as though you don't really belong.

No, there was nothing else you could have done to help your Grandad, you did all you could, and for that he was extremely grateful. You dedicated your time and efforts into improving his quality of life, and it doesn't really matter that you never got the chance to tell him you love him... he already knew. You did well to complete your college course, period, considering all you've been through, don't worry that you didn't quite get the grade you wanted.

It doesn't matter that you would rather sit down and type away at a computer screen than go out every night of the week and enjoy the "real university experience". It really doesn't matter that you're not a big drinker, and that in fact clubs scare you. It doesn't matter that you eat more junk food than you should, and it doesn't matter that you've still not signed up for the gym like you told yourself you would. It doesn't matter that you turn down the majority of experiences and opportunities because you're too scared to say yes, and it doesn't matter that your life isn't how you thought it would be when you were 5.

The thing about life is that it's an experiment. Things will go wrong, you'll make mistakes and you'll definitely spend the rest of your life learning from them. But isn't that the point? There's no right or wrong way to live. You only get the one shot at it, so make it count. Take all the opportunities life throws your way, make the most of being young and being able to afford to make mistakes. Invest in what you want to, don't waste your time on the people who constantly bring you down. Surround yourself with positive people, and with that, positive things will come your way. Make the most of this thing called life, don't leave with any regrets. Wake up early and utilise your day, stay up all night just to say you've done it. Travel, explore, and never believe that you can't do something. Don't make solid plans or expectations. Life will always throw obstacles in your way, but don't let them define you.

You're 19. Start living.

There's nothing standing in your way, but you.



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