18 Things I Learned at 18

So I turn 19 in 8 days, which is crazy to me. It seems like it was just yesterday I was a senior in high school and celebrating my 18th birthday with my best friends. With age comes wisdom, and life lessons. So while I’m looking back on the last year, here are 18 things that I learned at 18.

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  1. You can’t change everything. Accept what you can’t, and work hard to change what you can
  2. You get back what you put in (this applies to people, school, work, and everything else)
  3. You can’t control other people’s actions, but you can control your own
  4. Learn to laugh at yourself then let it go
  5. But you also need to know when it’s time to get shit done
  6. A small group of close friends is better than a big group of ones you barely know
  7. Eat the extra donut or cookie or whatever. Life is short. You can always go to the gym tomorrow.
  8. You can’t win everything (no matter how hard you try)
  9. Know when to put yourself first
  10. There are some people that don’t deserve more than one chance
  11. Get a healthy routine down now, and stick with it
  12. Take pictures of literally everything
  13. Don’t take your parents and your home for granted – you’ll miss it once you’re gone
  14. Don’t take that last shot, that last drink, or that last hit. You’ll regret it in the morning.
  15. Not everyone you meet is going to like you and that’s okay
  16. You miss every chance you don’t take. Take everything as it comes, and never miss out on an opportunity. You’ll be glad you did when you look back on it.
  17. Love everything. Love your hometown, your old school, and your best friends. Love the experiences you’ve had and the failures. Just love everything, because these are the memories that you’ll hold dear to your heart.
  18. Only self love will complete you, and you’re the only one who will be there for you forever

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