10 Things I learned in 24 Years

February 7th:

Today was a day, — not special, but just like any other. Minus the fact that I took off work so I slept in and rolled around in bed until noon. Okay, so maybe it was special. 😏 At the age of reaching a quarter-life crisis, I can proudly say that I’ve learned something during my 24 years.

—This was originally supposed to be a post, writing about 24 things I learned, but that would be way too long so I condensed it down to 10. heh—

1. My birthday isn’t about me. heh…. I think it’s about the family and friends who surround you and being thankful for them. My heart explodes every year because of the undeserving love and words of affirmation and I am just so so grateful that there are people here who I get to do life with – which goes on to my next points..

2. Family is something to be cherished. I think many people are like this, but I’ve learned to appreciate my family so much more once I entered college. How parents have emotions too, how my younger siblings are not as immature as I thought, and how lucky I am to have been given the family that I’ve been given.As I get older, I become more thankful that my mom is my close friend and that I can be hers. I become more thankful that my asian dad always always showed his emotions and fed me with words of love and affection and always prayed for me and with me. Thankful that my sister feels comfortable enough to share her life with me and that she’s mature than most 17 year olds. Thankful that my baby brother is so mature for his age and how I always get shocked by his selflessness and thoughtfulness. I wish I could spend so much more time with them and really serve them – distance really does make the heart grow fonder.

3. Form genuine relationships. Make friends and relationships with people who are constant. Form relationships with people who love you for you – people who keep it real, ya know? People who you spend time with and you can reflect and say to yourself, “Wow, I am genuinely so happy with them, right here, right now.” Many times when I was with my close friends, I stepped back and just gazed at us like a movie film, thinking exactly that. (dramatic, yeah, but true). Surround yourself with people who really care about your well-being and most importantly, people who love God.

4. Travel. Travel. Travel. Seriously, worth every penny. I firmly believe that traveling is something that you spend money on that makes you richer.

5. Things always work itself out. They just do. God has you and me in the palm of His hands – there really is a plan. Pray through it – do I really need to say more?

6. #strugglebus = time for growth. I learned that I need to take those times of struggles and uncertainties by its reins and take advantage of it by growing through it – especially in trust & in faith.

7. BE HUMBLE. This is something that I always remind myself. I always try to strive being a servant of God, but whenever a situation that comes up where I literally feel like I’m a servant, am I happy? No. Instead, my mind always goes to, “I don’t deserve this kind of treatment”, “Who does he/she think he/she is?” Humility is such an important characteristic to possess if I want to please Him and love His people.

8. Love is a choice, not a feeling. There is no possible way that you can love someone all the time because we’re all humans. Instead, love is a choice, opportunity to show people the love of Christ.

9. You’re NOT “behind“. When I see people around me already starting their professional career, getting engaged, getting married, buying a car, etc etc. I thought I was lagging behind. However, when I looked at the big picture, thinking about the billions of people in this world, I realized that I’m not. Everyone has their own pace and own time to accomplish the things that they want to accomplish. Everyone was gifted different talents and born to do different things and at different times, so why compare? If you’re saying to yourself, “What am I doing with my life right now while other people are _______(fill in the blank),” don’t!! You’re meant to be right here, right now, where you are. I know that in the future, when I look back at my life to right now, I’ll think to myself, “Oh, there’s a reason why it happened when it did. I’m so thankful that it happened that way.” For example, I used to want to go to grad school RIGHT away after undergrad and was jealous of the students who were fortunate enough to do that; but looking back, I would NOT have been confident enough to be FULLY PRACTICING on patients at 24 years old. like what?!  Which brings me to my last point:

10. Don’t be in a rush to get through life.  Seriously, enjoy the “right now.” I’ve always been a planner, always had a long-term vision. However, I’ve learned to really cherish the time I have now because I’ll never get it back. I can’t be certain of the future but I have the choice to take control of what happens in the present. Matthew 6:34 speaks to worriers of the future like me 🙌
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Today’s photo diary:

my favorite things to receive: handwritten cards <3

Joe’s burgers with the roomie!!!! It was her first time – omg. Now she has lived.

HAHAH low quality pic, high quality facetime time. Long distance stinks but still thankful 🙂

This is what SJ got me for my birthday…this is how you know you’re getting old. But he knows I’m lacking in all of these things, so who else would be so thoughtful to get me these things?

 

Finishing the night off with these two, so dear to my heart. Here’s to lifetime of friendship !☝ 

24th birthday was a success 🙂

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