If you didn’t know, I recently turned 18! I am officially one year older, which means year seventeen is over. The seventeenth year for me was important because it was my favorite number and also my golden birthday year, and I was determined to make it the best. Looking back, it most definitely was! There were ups and downs, and I have gained some wisdom along the way. If I could write a letter to my freshly seventeen year old self, here are the most important things I would include:
It’s okay to distance yourself from people who don’t make you a better person.
Put yourself out there, I wish I had more.
There will be times when you feel like you’ve failed. They will pass.
Don’t run from things. Look them straight in the face and conquer them.
Be nice to people you don’t like. It’s not being fake, it’s being a decent person.
In high school, some people–maybe even those you call friends–want to see you fail. Don’t give them the satisfaction.
You don’t have to care about the things your friends care about. Do you and be independent.
Don’t let the regret of missing out on something consume you. Realize there will be so many new opportunities ahead and vow to live regret free.
It’s absolutely okay if you’re not friends with everyone. Avoid the stress of fitting into every mold and be yourself.
Some friendships will end and it’s okay to feel sad about it.
Things may not go how you imagined. There’s a peace in knowing it’s all for a purpose.
If you’re passionate about something, go after it with all you’ve got. Life is too short.
See people how God sees them. Don’t be judgmental, it literally helps no one.
Let things go, simply for the reason that they are heavy. Don’t let small anxieties weigh you down.
Those grown ups know what they’re talking about when they say life goes by fast. Please don’t take the small moments lightly.
Start doing things that scare you. You’re not always going to have your parents there to push you.
Be grateful for every single thing, and every single person in your life.
Thank you so much for reading!