To the first boy who broke my heart,
I don't know how to do this.
To My Parents Who Don’t Understand My Mental Illness,
A lot of times, I am often pegged as the girl who has it all. And growing up that was a very common perception to the people around me mostly due to the fact that I always seemed so happy. I mean what could I have to worry about right? I had my family, two parents who are still married, an amazing older brother, we were financially stable to where my brother and I could have whatever we wanted and needed and I was heavily involved in school clubs and activities. People never believed me when I would say that I had it hard. But they also failed to realize, my family wasn't and isn't always like this; when my brother and I were young we didn't have any money, I watched my parents grow and develop themselves professionally in order to be able to give my brother and I better opportunities. They also didn't see that I had been struggling with major depression and anxiety since middle school. I am by no means saying my life was hard, in reality my life has been very easy and I am beyond fortunate for that, but along the way there have been rough patches and that's where this came from. When I was 17, during my freshman year of college, I decided to make a list of all of the major life lessons I had learned throughout my life, before becoming a legal adult. So, here are the 17 things I learned by 17: