Long time no see! Since I’ve started college and working, I am insanely busy and hardly have time to sleep, so maintaining my blog has been pushed way off to the side. There’s been a lot of change and it has meant I have to roll with the punches. Today, however, is a very happy day. A few weeks ago, I turned 18 and it couldn’t have been here soon enough. I’ve waited for this day for a year!
Being on this planet for 18 years isn’t a lot of time compared to the life of others, but even so, I’ve learned a lot. Here are some things I have learned in the past 18 years.
18 Things I Have Learned In 18 Years
#1. If you know your body can’t process dairy, don’t eat dairy! Yes, cheese is amazing but it isn’t worth it in the end.
#2. Pepto Bismol and Lactaid are amazing (please sponsor this post, Pepto!).
#3. Taking off your makeup before you go to bed is a necessary thing, so just do it.
#4. It’s okay to distance yourself from people, even friends. You gotta do what you gotta do.
#5. Take risks. Whether it’s with love or a job, take risks.
#6. There are things that will scare you and make you want to run away- and that’s okay. But you shouldn’t let the fear rule you.
#7. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Be curious.
#8. Do not let your fear rule your life. It’s okay to be scared but you can’t live your life being afraid.
#9. Sometimes you are going to have to make decisions that will be hard to do. They will break your heart and they will hurt, but it’s what helps us learn and grow.
#10. Embracing your flaws is really hard but it is worth it.
#11. Finding a church family that you can trust helps the soul grow and the spirit thrive.
#12. Don’t underestimate your worth and don’t sell yourself short. You’ve got this, honey!
#13. Sometimes a decision that works for everyone else will not work for you and that is okay!! You will find your right place.
#14. Go out and find a coffee shop that you love and that stills your soul, then go there and grab a book and drink a coffee.
#15. Read some Shakespeare and go to the theater because it is so much fun!
#16. Make time for you!
#17. Plan on a good time to splurge on yourself and do it if you can! Treat yo self!
#18. This last one is so easy but so hard. Love one another. There are going to be times when you do not want to love someone and the last thing on your mind will be to speak words of kindness and not just rip into someone with words. I feel that and I get that. It’s difficult but speak words of kindness instead of anger.
In reality, 18 years isn’t a long time but there is so much I have learned in that time that exceed this list. Life throws some curveballs and in the hard times, remember to go with the flow. It’s all going to work out in this big beautiful life.