15 Things You Learn When You Lose A Friend Too Young

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We’ve all sung along to at least a few songs about people dying too young, but the words never really resonate until it happens to you.

Losing a friend isn’t something anyone ever expects to happen, but sometimes it does, and as much as it breaks your heart, there’s a lot you can take away from it.

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1. When people say “tomorrow is never promised”, they’re right. So celebrate life every damn day.

2. Life is too short to justify staying in situations, or with people, that don’t make you happy.

3. Looking for the positive in every situation is the key to getting through it.

4. Have a big heart and an open mind, even when it seems like the rest of the world doesn’t.

5. Tell people how you feel and stop waiting for “the right time.”

6. People do a lot of dumb shit, but you’re not perfect either. Don’t hold it against them.

7. Take the trips you’ve been dreaming of, even if you have to get creative in funding them.

8. Appreciate the little things about the people you love, even if they’re the things that drive you crazy sometimes.

9. Don’t take life so seriously. Literally nobody knows what they’re doing.

10. Don’t wait for other people to believe in you, believe in yourself and the rest will follow.

11. “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Let it go.

12. Make time for your family. You can’t live with them, but you really can’t live without them.
13. Stand up for what you believe in, even if you’re standing alone.

14. Not everybody is going to like you no matter what you do, so you mine as well be yourself, and do whatever the hell makes you happy.

15. Never get too comfortable, things can always change in an instant.
So dance on the bar, embarrass yourself, take risks. Life is too damn short to not live it to the fullest.

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A beer bottle on a dock