8 Things I Learned by the Age of 18

Here I am today (19th May) getting older. I've always seen being 18 years old as such a big thing and now that I'm being 18 it's so terrifying to me. There are all these expectations and honestly even bigger expectation from me that I need to have it all figured out by this age. Surprise, surprise a lot of the things are not figured out, I'm still confused and lost, but at least I know what I truly want. I did stand up for myself and I said out loud what I want. It's the big year of finishing high school, the school that I absolutely hated it at one point. Now I'm just over it. Being 17 years old was really amazing, I have to say my favorite year so far. Learned a lot of things and here are few things that I learned by the age of 18.

1. Everything takes time. Whether it’s getting over someone, making a change or finishing something, it takes time. And that’s okay. We’re always in a hurry and we forget to appreciate or even just accept the process.

2. Other people are not the answer. You may think others can heal you or make you feel better, which they might. However, in the end it’s up to you. Learn how to love yourself instead of waiting for someone else to do it.

3. Grow. Never stop working on yourself, on things you’re passionate about, or on your future. Grow into the person you want to become - even if you’re not sure who that is.

4. The more that you wait, the more time that you waste. Don’t keep telling yourself “you’ll do it tomorrow”. Now is now and who knows what happens tomorrow.

5. Often, people are temporary. Accept it. It hurts, it’s unfair, but sometimes friendships end or people leave. Treasure every moment you have with someone rather than being afraid it could end.

6. Some days will suck and it’s okay. Find peace in the days you’re feeling sad, find peace in being bored. Without having bad days, good days wouldn’t be as good.

7. Don’t let anyone determine who you are. Only you decide which way you’re going, only you decide what you wear and only you decide what you want to be like. Don’t let anyone take that right away from you.

8. Change is inevitable. No matter if it’s positive or negative, change is one of the few things you can always rely on. Don’t fear it, but feel reassured - you won’t live the same life all along.

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