June was weird. I don’t want to wish away my life, but I’m glad it’s July. That said, I learned some cool things in June! What follows are four lessons I internalized, accompanied by some Beyoncé GIFs as Beyoncé GIFs are the currency of our generation, are they not?

 

Think outside the box.

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I chose to do this in June, TBD if I see results in July. I hope I do! I’ll elaborate on this if something good comes of it. I’ll sigh heavily and go back to the drawing board if it doesn’t.

Either way, thinking differently about a situation keeps you from becoming myopic. Fends off atrophy.

Do you and be real honest about it.

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You don’t know where it’ll lead you; when you’re not concerned about fitting in and you let your light shine, people remember it. Especially when you’re into weird or specific things. I’ve done a lot of cool things this year because I’ve been unapologetic about the things I like.

Keep your ladies close.

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When you’re doing you, you will attract like-minded people. Keep in touch with the ones that are worth keeping in touch with. You’re both probably leading entirely different lives than when you met, but that doesn’t mean that their gears won’t fit with yours. Sometimes, they fit better.

And finally, most importantly-

What people think about me doesn’t change how I feel about myself.

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…which sounds like a put-on or a platitude, but it isn’t. I spent a lot of my past worrying about how I could have handled situations differently, or trying to tone down my personality, or how to react more appropriately in the future. This month I felt a real, genuine “Nah, fuck that!” feeling wash over me. I’m me, I can’t be anything else. Plus, I really like me. A lot.

I wish there could’ve been another way to feel so comfortable in my own skin, but the only way out is through, right? I had to second guess myself in the past to know that I should never second guess myself in the future.

Here’s to July.

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It took a while, now I understand just where I’m going. I know the world and I know who I am, ’bout time I show it.

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