I Wish I Had Known That…
… that my past shapes me, but I don't have to let it control me.
That no one else can live my life but me.
That I am completely responsible for my actions AND my inaction, and that nothing lasts forever.
That people are base creatures and most will stab you in the back (or front) if it suits them.
That some only like you for what you can do for them, and when the kitchen closes you're their worst enemy.
That you can still love the very people who've hurt you without ever interacting with them again.
That no matter what someone says to you/about you, if they don't matter then whatever they say doesn't matter.
That there's more than one side to every story; and that you must stay true to yourself because in the end that's all that matters.
These are all things I wish I had figured out by the time I was seventeen.