As is the cause of most of my bouts of writing, it was 3 days till the end of 2009 and feeling the sentiments of an old fool (I like to think of it as a stocktake), I wrote a list of 22 things I've learned at the age of 22. This is in my opinion, one of the better things I've ever written in the expletive-filled, wanky dramatic, long soliloquies that constitute my personal journal. A lot of it still stands too reading it 2 years later, though I'd change the grammar and sentence structure, the heart of the meat is still gold. So here it is, life lessons from Karen.
Put on your SRS BSNS pants cause shit is about to get real.
1. My parents are real-life superheroes.
2. Life is unfair.
3. Biting your cheek and holding your tongue is one of the best yet hardest thing to do in this world.
4. You cannot fight evil with good, sometimes a little trickery is needed to level the score.
5. Instant gratification rules out logic, rationale and sanity.
6. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
7. Everybody's problems are always smaller and less significant than they think.
8. You cannot save somebody who doesn't want help.
9. Our mind is stronger than anything else that exists.
10. A leopard cannot change its spots.
11. Self-awareness may be one of the most underrated elements in a person's personality.
12. Hope is the best and worst thing in life.
13. Lying is not a sin.
14. Tragedy and comedy are but two faces of the same coin.
15. Education will change the future.
16. The person who chooses to cut through mountains rather than climb them is a person who is
prone to making ill choices in life.
17. Talk isn't worth anything without action.
18. People's issues are taken to the grave.
19. People always have choices in life - often making the harder ones means sacrificing more.
20. You are responsible for every action that you make and take.
21. Life is cyclical.
22. Money will not bring happiness. But it can help ensure that misery is spent in comfort.
These are the simple weathered truths I hold to be true.