17 Things I Learned at 17

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:

 ONE /

It’s okay to distance yourself from people who don’t make you a better person.

TWO /

Put yourself out there, I wish I had more.

THREE / 

There will be times when you feel like you’ve failed. They will pass.

FOUR / 

Don’t run from things. Look them straight in the face and conquer them.

FIVE / 

Be nice to people you don’t like. It’s not being fake, it’s being a decent person.

SIX / 

In high school, some people–maybe even those you call friends–want to see you fail. Don’t give them the satisfaction.

SEVEN / 

You don’t have to care about the things your friends care about. Do you and be independent.

EIGHT / 

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.

NINE / 

It’s absolutely okay if you’re not friends with everyone. Avoid the stress of fitting into every mold and be yourself.

TEN / 

Some friendships will end and it’s okay to feel sad about it.

ELEVEN / 

Things may not go how you imagined. There’s a peace in knowing it’s all for a purpose.

TWELVE / 

If you’re passionate about something, go after it with all you’ve got. Life is too short.

THIRTEEN / 

See people how God sees them. Don’t be judgmental, it literally helps no one.

FOURTEEN / 

Let things go, simply for the reason that they are heavy. Don’t let small anxieties weigh you down.

FIFTEEN / 

Those grown ups know what they’re talking about when they say life goes by fast. Please don’t take the small moments lightly.

SIXTEEN / 

Start doing things that scare you. You’re not always going to have your parents there to push you.

SEVENTEEN / 

Be grateful for every single thing, and every single person in your life.

17 things I learned at 17

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