Gosh life has definitely caught up with me. I turned 18 on the 29th. MIND BLOWN. I now have to face the fact that I am no longer a kid in middle school (though theres still a small suspicion i’m a 12 year old in an 18 year olds body..) and that I have a bit more to worry about than how big of a chunk that Justin Bieber poster is going to take out of my piggy bank. I’m coming to the end of my high school journey in just 2 months and god that is more scary than you can imagine. I was literally just starting grade 12, where did the time go? (Honestly.. it probably followed that JB poster and jumped into the trash.) I think over these past several years i’ve made enough mistakes and new discoveries that I can share a few with you. So here, in its fully glory, is 18 things I’ve learned in 18 years.
1.Get the hard things over with first.
Okay, I doubt there is one person out there that can say having all their work done and over with makes them more anxious. I’ve learned that getting the things that are bugging you out the way leaves you so much lighter and in a better mood. I get overwhelmed SUPER easily so tackling the things that are bothering me one at a time makes me feel so much better. Yes you may want to take that nap now, or go watch the last 2 episodes of that television series you’ve been binge watching but PROCRASTINATION AINT GONNA HELP YOU BUD.
2.Be kind to everyone.
You never know what that one person is going through. Same goes for choosing sides, that is not gonna end well AT ALL. Just smile and laugh even if you really in that moment are hating that person.
3.Take every opportunity.
It’s not going to hurt you to agree to that one thing that you really did not want to do in the first place. I’ve learned, that most of the time if you say no to something you’re missing out on an adventure or life lesson. Even if it ends badly, who cares, now you have a story to tell.
4.It’s only acceptable to drink juice boxes for so long, take advantage of it.
What the title said ^^
5.There will be loads of disappointments but trust me there will also be loads of good that comes after.
I have had my fair share of disappointments in 18 years but pushing through that time will lead to something that will completely change you and make you glad that it happened.
6.Peer pressure is actually a real thing, not just something in movies.
You know that thing you heard from the people you saw on t.v as a kid. Yeah its real. Peer pressure is a real thing. Especially when you hit high school. You are surrounded by kids who love to drink and party and sometimes do drugs, obviously you are going to think thats the norm. Avoid it if you can. There should be no pressure to drink, have sex, do drugs, or anything of that sort and if there is, those are not the types of people you should be hanging around with. There are 7 billion people in the world, you got plenty of others to choose from.
7.Relationships before high school don’t mean a thing.
Unless you are one of those Corey and Topanga couples, its extremely rare to have any of those awkward middle school relationships follow you the rest of your life. Just enjoy your kid time, it fly’s by in the blink of an eye. Honestly even most of the time in high school. Although it happens all the time, don’t waste your time on someone you don’t think will amount to anything after you leave those halls.
8.It’s okay to take a mental health day.
LIFE IS HARD. SO DAMN HARD. YOU DO YOU AND TAKE THAT DAY OR 2 TO RECOVER AND GET BACK ON THE WAGON.
9.Try not to be lazy.
Yes okay it’s quite easy to get wrapped up in the youtube videos and texting your friends on the couch. I am majorly guilty of that but there is a time for everything and sometimes you just need to get up and get moving. Whether that means walking your dog, doing dishes, actually going out with friends, or whatever makes you get off your ass and do something productive/active.
10.Always be appreciative of those around you.
If those people are putting up with your weirdness, and complaining everyday, let them know you care… I do so by sending random “I LOVE YOU GUYS” to my group chats. Yeah okay i’ve been asked if I was okay because those kinda sound like final words but hey gotta show them somehow!
11.You can find love in the most unexpected places.
As cheesy and stereotypical as that sounds its true… And by unexpected I mean like super unexpected. hahah. no comment.
12.Take loads of pictures.
Trust me there is nothing bad about this. I have way too many sneaky photos of my friends in my phone it takes up like 3 gigabytes of space, but HEY YOU CANT DELETE MEMORIES! You will appreciate it looking back later in life. Ends up kinda like a timeline.
13.Best friends are the best therapists.
No explanation needed, they just are. Try it out haha.
14.Keep a journal.
You’re basically writing the story of your life by doing so, you’re gonna appreciate it when you get old and wrinkly and loose your memory. Also its kinda cool to be able to go back and look at what you were doing on that day 1 or 2 years ago.
15.Become a morning person… or at least attempt.
Waking up with the sun is honestly the bed thing.. of course being a little bit of a night owl doesn’t help with the process but trust me getting up and having more day to do stuff with is honestly great. Tip: Stand up once you wake up and look out a window, it will help you wake up, lying in that warm bed for 5 more minutes is not gonna help you.
16.You can never have enough books.
You just can’t okay.
17.Music can drown out everything.
Having trouble? Just done with everything right now? Just throw on those headphones and turn on your favourite playlist. (DO NOT USE IF YOURE TRYING TO GET OUT OF #1 HAHA)
18.When you look good you feel good.
I don’t know about any of you, but when I get ready and know I look good, I feel great for the rest of the day. Don’t know why but it works.