I am finally ready to write my Eighteenth Birthday Reflection because I am officially an adult woohoo!!
(I’ve actually been eighteen for about a week now, but I needed a little time to put together my eighteenth birthday reflection because this post means a lot to me!)
As an eighteen year old, I can finally vote, sign my own waivers, and drive after midnight (crazy, I know)!
I didn’t really think of eighteen being a big deal because I’ve never been big on birthdays, but this birthday hit me like a truck. I quickly became aware that I am growing up much faster than I was prepared for.
Eighteen is still super young and I’m still just dipping my pinky toe in the vast pool of life, but I feel like responsibility is being thrown at me.
The weird thing is that I love responsibility. I love having long lists of things errands to run and emails to send and appointments to schedule. When I was younger, I felt like fulfilling these responsibilities was just like playing adult, but all of a sudden these responsibilities have become the norm.
Don’t get me wrong, I am fully capable of taking care of myself. In fact, I get a high off of being independent. I am just somewhat overwhelmed. Actually, I’m very overwhelmed.
Maybe it is because I am getting ready to leave for college. (read more about my college decision!)
Or maybe I’m just overreacting. I am honestly pretty excited to be eighteen. I wasn’t prepared for it, but I’m starting to like it.
Here are Eighteen Things I Learned in Eighteen Years // My Eighteenth Birthday Reflection:
- Not everyone is going to like you and you will not like everyone.
- Don’t be a bitch.
- It is okay to be innocent. Take life at your own pace.
- Don’t try to prove yourself as cool or experienced, because you will just end up looking insecure.
- Mind your own business.
- Never let a romantic interest interfere with your goals and morals, because, we both know, it’s just not worth it.
- Be kind. Even when you really don’t want to.
- We all make judgments off of first impressions, but don’t let those judgments hinder potential relationships.
- Don’t be a bystander, because it could always be you on the other side.
- Stand by your morals, because they are the one thing no one can take away from you.
- At the end of the day, the only person you should care about impressing is yourself.
- Be grateful.
- Take care of yourself (physically and mentally), because your future self will thank you.
- You have something to learn from everyone you meet, so listen to what they have to say.
- Sometimes shit hits the fan and your whole life seems like it’s crashing down, and that’s okay.
- Let your actions reflect your character, not your words.
- Do things that scare you. Like actually scares you.
- Do something every day that you are proud of.
Love you alottle,
P.S. If you wanna learn a lil more about my tips for self-growth as a teenager thus far read my self-growth and personal development post!!!