My Mid-20s Are Not About Settling

Sometimes in life, you will wonder why you've been going in circles when all you ever wanted was a clear and easy path.

You will meet people along the way, and you will lose them. You will make horrible choices as you go, and you will realize it when it's too late, but that's how you grow.

You make mistakes and you learn. And now that I'm 26, here are the things I just won't deal with anymore:

1. Toxic People

These are the ones you need to let go.

They will make you rethink your worth and make you feel less important than you really are.

I have realized these kinds of people just drop by your life to teach you a lesson, to make you realize your true worth. And then, you must move along.

2. People who tell me what to do

I know what I want, and I do not need people telling me what's good and what's bad. I can make my own choices.

I can, however, take suggestions. I know when people are just concerned about me, and the things I choose in life, and I appreciate that.

However, I'm done with people trying to live my life. That's just not how it works.

3. A job I don't like

When I was younger, it was OK to stay with a job that I thought would allow me to grow in my career.

But life is too short to stick with something that doesn't make my heart happy. I cannot stay if it doesn't make me wake up excited in the morning.

A job doesn't have to be a job if you love what you're doing. It should be something that you're passionate about, something that you've only been doing in your dreams.

4. How society wants me to be

Society always wants us to look a certain way or dress a certain way. I always feel like its sending a memo to each one of us on how we should act, or what we should wear or how much we should weigh.

People these days see those things and follow, but I'm done with that.

I will not put up with how society thinks I should be because I know that I am beautiful — even with my multiple flaws and imperfections.

5. Drama

Life is beautiful in its own crazy way.

There will be some bumps as we go, and things are certainly not perfect. The bumps, the heartaches and everything in between make life worth living.

There are so many people in the world who would die just to be in your shoes right now. Every one of us is so lucky to be where we are — no matter how awful we might feel sometimes.

Sure, I can deal with a bit of drama once in a while. But every day cannot be full of drama. Life is what we make of it, and we should make it awesome.

As we grow older, we learn how to stop giving fucks, and we learn how to appreciate ourselves a bit more.

I'm in my mid-20s, and I can assure you, nobody has it all figured out. And you don't have to have it all figured out — you just love yourself and live your life.