I’ve learned people change. Lives diverge. Friendships melt away. But those truest to you will always be there and can be counted on. No matter what.
I’ve learned that I am very excited to see my friends when I go back, but very nervous about what the summer has changed. I don’t want everything to fall apart when it’s just all fallen back together.
Summer lesson: Ramen can be made without a hot water heater. Water can be boiled on the stove Hilary Fiskum!
I’ve learned that one cannot lose when one shops at Ikea.
I’ve learned that I’m choosing a field where you’ve got to be good to make it to the top. I’ve learned that I intend to be good.
Some people say that we’re “generation screwed.” Some say that we face insurmountable hurdles, left behind as the price of our parent’s prosperity. Some young people have started to listen, claiming they’ve been cheated, claiming their education will get them nowhere, claiming they’ll never find success of the same caliber as that of their parents and...
I’ve learned that one good summer can repair the damage of an unbelievably difficult year.
I’ve learned my whole life can fit into the back of a Volkswagen van. Or stay packed away for an entire summer.
I’ve learned that you can never listen to the same song too many times in a row.
I’ve learned how hard it is to keep up a blog about college life lessons whilst NOT at college. Feeble attempts are appreciated, but laughed upon.
I’ve learned how to tell a liar from a truther. Those who lie, make words look like truths, but those who tell the truth turn those words into actions.
I’ve learned that summers drag on when you’re not at school. Every song, every smell, every person that walks by you reminds you of someone or something in the place where you’re heart still sleeps. You dream every night of the landscape you once saw and the people who once surrounded you. September can’t come fast enough.
I’ve learned that sometimes it is 100% worth it to drive 30 minutes both ways for a Chipotle. Well, well worth it.
In the words of J.K. Rowling, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.” We faced more than our fair share or mountain trolls this year, and JK’s right. I definitely like you all better for it.
I’ve learned that it’s really hard to explain who you’ve become over the course of a year to people who didn’t go through it with you. There are certain things you just “get” about each other after you face the world together and come out in one piece on the other side.
I’ve learned that Tumblr is a great procrastination tool from homework, sleep, a social life, and even eating.
I’ve learned that it’s hard to say goodbye to someone you love or really, really care about. They’ve been indecisive, they’ve lead you on, they’ve even made promises they can’t keep, but you still want them with all your heart. You know the minute you walk away, they’ll come right back and make it even harder for you to leave.
I’ve learned that some people who lie to your face, don’t do it intentionally, but do it because they are very insecure about who they are. They try so hard for people to like them that they often appear as someone they are not and change in the blink of an eye later on down the road. It’s weird, and frankly obnoxious, but can you blame them? Life is intimidating, and sometimes...
I’ve learned that sometimes, you just need to end the day with crappy TV in order to make it to the next one sane and in one mental piece.
I’ve learned how to zest a lemon using only a knife. Talent, I know. Useless, I am also aware.
I’ve learned that Jim Beam can either be your best friend, or your worst nightmare that you can’t remember.
I’ve learned how to read a map. Or a least BS my way through road signs to a destination to make it seem like I know how to read a map.
I’ve learned that sometimes, road trips or ice cream runs or airport shuttle rides are the best when you’re forced to sit on someone’s lap. Cramped cars are loads more fun than underpacked ones.
I’ve learned that I love live performances. CD’s and DVD recordings are great for reflection, but if you want the full, lasting effect, nothing beats an amazing live performance of great music.
I’ve learned that sealed ramen bowls make great cannons. Or bass drums.
I’ve learned that when you’re in doubt, you should Skype it out.
I’ve learned that it is easy to miss the alpacas while driving.
I’ve learned that old houses are the best kind of houses.
I’ve learned that boys are wacky.
I’ve learned that Jesse McCartney is a great teacher of French phrases.
I’ve learned that playing Call Me Maybe is a necessity while talking on the phone to moms.
I’ve learned that as much as you might love truck going to Mankato because they’re going to Mankato, it is not necessary to follow them.
I’ve learned that it’s nice to wave to tractors on the road.
I’ve learned that roadside workers wear bright yellow for a reason.
I’ve learned that there are people who can tell dead animals that are on the road are dead have a sixth sense because of the shivers…duh.
I’ve learned that LMFAO makes Hilary a rebel!
I’ve learned you can get pretty far on a quarter tank of gas.
I’ve learned that “No Turnaround” signs and exit ramp medians are extremely relevant to your safety while driving….. …..but you can also creatively work around them and other traffic laws…. :D
I’ve learned that it’s easy to miss the Faribault exit….
I’ve learned that the Faribault Dairy Queen is on exit 56…and so are a million other places.
I’ve learned you must always hold your breath past EVERY cemetery.
I’ve learned that you can learn a lot on a road trip!
I’ve learned that college is more expensive than I could have ever prepared for or imagined. I don’t know if I will be able to stay at the place I love, but I sure hope that I can if I work hard enough.
I’ve learned that no matter how much you wish or how much you hope, things sometimes don’t go your way.
I’ve learned that, when you’re walking in the snow that goes up to your knees on a very steep hill in heels, not even walking sideways can help you achieve your goal.
I learned that hanging your skirt on the shower rod while you take a reallly warm shower is just as effective as ironing for getting wrinkles out. …especially when you don’t have/dont know how to iron……
I’ve learned that it’s worth spending a little extra money to have the tools that enable you to be successful and efficient. Like when the backspace, shift key, left side mouse clicker, battery, and parts of the body of your laptop start falling off and it’s running like a hundred-year-old tortoise with nowhere to be, it’s time to look at other options. Get something that...
I’ve learned that 5 hours of sleep seems like an impossibility in the summer but a luxury during the school year.
I’ve learned that the tiles on the floor aren’t for decoration or so they’re easy to clean. They’re to help you walk straight when you’re completely smashed.
I’ve learned that some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck. Some nights, I call it a draw. I’ve learned that we might not have any money, but we’ve got our love to pay the bills. I’ve learned that when you smile at the ground, it ain’t hard to tell, you don’t know you’re beautiful. I’ve learned that certain songs can define a year.