Cheers! I’m eighteen!
Surprisingly, this is the one birthday where I actually feel older than I did before. With graduation and college coming up and having been sick, I feel as though I’ve had to make a lot of “adult” decisions lately. Hey, it’s time right?
It’s been a long and quick eighteen years depending on which instance you look at, but I have learned and changed so much! So, for my big day, I decided to share eighteen bits of knowledge that I’ve gathered over the years. (:
#1. Life isn’t always a beach.
There are times when you are happy and times when you are sad. That’s just how it is. Look forward to the happy times and try to be positive during the sad ones. (:
#2. What goes around, comes around.
Hate to say it, but sometimes, those little things you say will come back to bite you in the butt if you aren’t careful! Always think of how what you say may affect another – we’re all guilty of this at one time or another!
#3. Regretting doesn’t change what happened.
Try as you might, what’s done is done and you can only try to fix what has happened, not go back and change it.
#4. You feel good about what you work for.
Unless it’s just me, the things that you work hard for, whether it be a new purse, a good grade, or just plain cash, are more valuable than the things you are given.
#5. Bad things can make you stronger.
Unfortunately, sometimes utterly terrible things happen throughout life. Luckily, though, these sorts of experiences can make a person stronger than they have ever been. ♥
#6. Live each day like it’s your last.
You never know when your time is up! Smile, be happy, take some time for you, and enjoy being alive – it’s a gift!
#7. Cherish the moments you have.
Sometimes moments with certain people are limited whether it be family, friends, or acquaintances. Enjoy and relish in those moments because you never know when your “see ya laters” may be the last time. ♥
#8. Best friends are the people who stand by you through the good and the bad.
There are so many people who hit the road running when the going gets tough. A true friend will stand by you through thick and through thin. Sometimes your best friends may be just a few people, and hey! That’s okay!
#9. Failures don’t define you.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: everybody makes mistakes. It’s true. Even the biggest geniuses in this world made mistakes to find their way.
Every failure is just a stepping stone to success!
#10. Take time for yourself.
With the hustle and bustle of day-t0-day life, you just have to take some time to CHILL. You may think you can keep going, but eventually, you will blow! Relax!
#11. It is OKAY to cry sometimes.
I don’t know if you do or don’t hate to cry, but be reassured that is is OKAY to cry. In fact, crying doesn’t show weakness; it shows that you’ve been strong for too long. Give yourself a little release sometimes, okay?
#12. Remind yourself that you are special.
Sometimes it is easy to forget that we’re all special people. Well, my friends, each person in this world is here for a purpose. You may not know what yours is yet – heck, I don’t even know mine! – but no one else can fulfill your purpose except for you!
#13. Never give up.
You’ve heard it before, but if you want something, go for it and don’t stop until you get there. Nothing is impossible if you just believe in yourself and your ability!
Corny as it may be, smile! You’d be surprised at how much a single smile can change your whole day around.
And guess what? You can do the same thing for others by sharing your smile!
#15. There is a time and place for everything.
Sometimes you may not understand the things happening in your life, but just remember that everything happens for a reason. ♥
#16. Find something you love.
No matter who you are, there is something in this world that you LOVE to do! Embrace it. Even when we feel like we don’t have the time, these hobbies are what keep us sane.
For me, it is blogging and photography and I always make time for it.
#17. Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box.
We all have our fears and we tend to stay inside our comfort zones. While that is okay, try to step outside once in a while. You may learn something new about yourself or about another person. Don’t let a fear keep you hiding!
And most importantly…
#18. It is okay to be DIFFERENT.
The one thing I have learned above all else in my eighteen years of life is that it is okay to be your own person. Even if you feel left out sometimes, stick to your guns! Why? Because we were all made originals, so there is no reason to be a copy.
In eighteen years, I’ve learned a lot, and I’m so excited to gather much more information and hopefully post 19 different things next year (: I’m so thankful for my parents who have helped me get this far and who have always encouraged me to be the best I can be. I’m also thankful for all my friends and family who have stuck by me and have never failed to make me laugh.♥
Thank you to you, too, followers and readers for liking and commenting on my posts – it makes the blogging even more fun (: