8 Life Lessons for My Future Children

It’s your mom here and I’m excited to share some lessons that I’ve learned over the years. I hope you aren’t too embarrassed by the fact that I ran a blog called “Awkward AF” back in 2020, but I won’t hold my breath.

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The Universe As a Higher Power

When you desire something that you cannot obtain through your own actions, what do you do? Do you ask a higher power — a controller of all things we can’t control?

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Stregnth in Solitude

The process of overcoming an obstacle forces us to adapt to uncomfortable situations. And that alone makes us stronger.

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This Will End

While we don’t have much control over the disease itself, we have the power to turn on little lights in this dark time.

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Young Adulthood Binge Drinking Pressures

Once I turned 21 and alcohol became easily accessible, drinking became an anti-climactic activity. Sure, I’ll drink from time to time to celebrate and socialize (had a blast at karaoke last week!), but overall, I don’t think drinking in large quantities benefits your mind, body, or soul.

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Undefining Love

There are many rules and expectations we learn when it comes to love. From gender roles in a relationship to the age you should get married. Most of these guidelines point you to one goal, to reproduce.

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Love Responsibly

In a relationship, many of your actions impact your partner. It’s like you are in this together or something. Your partner’s concerns become your concerns.

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Love in the Age of Digital Communication Part 1: TMI

Systems that increase our visibility exist in our world so that people act in ways that fall in line with social norms. So when someone acts out of line (i.e., liking suggestive Instagram photos), they are exposed, and relationship issues may arise.

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The (Ceaseless) Pursuit of Happiness

We subconsciously want things that are unattainable because the pursuit of them will never end. In a way, wanting something you can’t have is a safe bet that will keep you moving while providing meaning to life. We all need something to do, right?

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Taking the Scenic Route

As a 27-year-old, I don’t pretend to be an expert at life. However, I think there is a lesson here. I believe there are many areas of life where should consider taking the scenic route. In my experience, taking the scenic route has almost always resulted in a much higher reward. In my dad’s case, taking the scenic route to Pittsburgh leaves him with a few extra dollars to buy himself a cup of coffee at Starbucks or whatever. That’s his reward! Remember, rewards can be big or small.

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