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:

  1. Not everyone is going to like you and you will not like everyone.
  2. Don’t be a bitch.
  3. It is okay to be innocent. Take life at your own pace.
  4. Don’t try to prove yourself as cool or experienced, because you will just end up looking insecure.
  5. Mind your own business.
  6. Never let a romantic interest interfere with your goals and morals, because, we both know, it’s just not worth it.
  7. Be kind. Even when you really don’t want to.
  8. We all make judgments off of first impressions, but don’t let those judgments hinder potential relationships.
  9. Don’t be a bystander, because it could always be you on the other side.
  10. Stand by your morals, because they are the one thing no one can take away from you.
  11. At the end of the day, the only person you should care about impressing is yourself.
  12. Be grateful.
  13. Take care of yourself (physically and mentally), because your future self will thank you.
  14. You have something to learn from everyone you meet, so listen to what they have to say.
  15. Sometimes shit hits the fan and your whole life seems like it’s crashing down, and that’s okay.
  16. Let your actions reflect your character, not your words.
  17. Do things that scare you. Like actually scares you.
  18. Do something every day that you are proud of.

Love you alottle,

Tori

 

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!!!

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