First off, stop going in tanning beds and don't let anyone talk you into getting bangs. Trust me. With that out of the way, here are a few other things to keep in mind as you navigate the insane world of high school, college, and early adulthood.
In defense of getting excited, being a try-hard, and giving a sh*t about everything.
"You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce."
I'm great at verbally demolishing someone who makes me angry, but (surprise surprise!) that's not always the proper reaction.
I realized that I had fallen into the trap of thinking there were certain "rules" of dating that I needed to follow.
Today, 2.74 years, 1,000 days, or 1,440,000 minutes after I stopped drinking, I’m reflecting on the way things have changed from Day 1 to Day 1000.
Because sometimes sharing the story helps... and names have been changed, because I'm not a monster.