I wrote this two years ago this month. I think I'll write a new one this year. Much has happened since then...
A few things I've learned in my (almost) 28 years. Some from personal experience, some from observation. I may have stolen some of these, but that doesn't mean they aren't true. Feel free to add to the list.
People who preface a majority of their statements with "honestly"—usually aren't.
Mass quantities of alcohol should not be consumed right before you end a relationship.
A good mother can tenderly hold your hair back while you vomit while at the same time berating you for coming home piss drunk.
If you think he's cheating, he probably is.
Sometimes love means taking a leap of faith and working out the details on the other side.
People who lie to you will lie about you.
Get both sides to a story before beginning a witch hunt.
It is possible—though by no means easy—to salvage a strong friendship from a failed relationship.
If a friend tells you everyone's secrets, she's telling yours, too.
People who enjoy the drama of being miserable deserve to be miserable.
It's a small world…especially in West Tennessee.
If you both truly want a good relationship, you will have one.
Usually it's better to be lonely than to have friends of convenience.
Some people can be convinced of anything, to the point that entire portions of their lives are fabricated by other people.
Trust first impressions, but only if based on both fact and intuition.
No one is THAT happy.
Few things in life are harder than role reversal between parents and children.
It takes two people to nurture a friendship. It is rarely the fault of just one person when it fails.
"Rock bottom" makes a poor foundation. Grab a limb on the way down.
Age doesn't matter in friendship, but it will in a relationship. It just may take a couple of decades before you notice.
Your soul mate should be your biggest fan, not just your biggest groupie. (metaphorically speaking… for most of you)
True friendships don't end, they just go on hiatus.
You'll never know whose life you'll touch, so try to touch them all.
Friends, like car keys, are often found in the most unlikely places.
Do not underestimate the power of angry tears over angry words.
Laughing while talking is often a sign of nervousness and sometimes a sign of dishonesty.
Humility is best served with a big bowl of cheese dip.
Be cautious with whom you discuss your marriage. Avoid those who tear down your spouse. Cherish those who aren't afraid to point our your faults, too.
Writing can be better and cheaper than therapy.
Dogs have the ability to understand our feelings better than we do.
If you have to convince yourself that you like it, you don't like it.
There isn't necessarily someone out there for everyone, romantically speaking. If you're lucky enough to find your "one"… Don't. Let. Go.