Turning 18 years old is a stepping-stone toward adulthood — legally, socially, politically and economically.
For those who are about to become of legal age, I am sure you’re anxious to do so and excited about everything 18-year-olds do. Some of you, perhaps, may even feel so old that you think you have everything figured out because, well, you’re 18, right? Wrong.
This is the just beginning of a beautiful road ahead. While you begin to navigate your next life steps, just know that you will face a number of different experiences. Here are some things you need to know:
1. Do not accept anything less than what you need.
Find out what really makes you happy and learn to not settle for anything less. Put yourself first before the interests of others. If you try to please everyone except for yourself, you will head toward disappointment, especially when it comes to dating.
2. Create a list of things you want to achieve and work on making it happen.
Many of us dream but reserve pursuing said dreams for the future. Dream big and find out ways to make them reality. Each time you fulfill something on your list for life, cross it off and add a new goal. This will keep you going and help you to grow.
3. Don’t be afraid of failing; be afraid of not trying.
You’re bound to fail. Reaching goals is never easy because it is not meant to be. Keep working on your goals and learn from your failures. Do not give up.
4. Listen to your parents and spend time with them.
Yes, adulthood means freedom from your parents, but they won’t be around forever, so don’t take them for granted. Learn to appreciate everything they’ve done for you. Listen to them because they have experienced so much more life than you have.
5. Don’t be consumed with technology all the time. Unplug.
The world is becoming so intertwined with technology that we are forgetting the value of human connection. Enjoy earth, enjoy relationships and live without depending on your phone, iPod or laptop. You will be much happier this way.
6. Popularity means nothing.
Try to get to know people who are different and similar to you and appreciate the diversity of this world. Learn to respect others and embrace equality. Being popular means nothing in adulthood. It will not get you anywhere and it certainly does not mean you are “winning” in life.
7. Make memories.
Live your life and create memories that will last a lifetime. People will come in and out of your life. Make the most of it and live in the moment because the past is the past and the future is ahead.
I know you may think you know this already, but you have so much in your life that you have yet to experience. Just remember not to take a single moment for granted; keep your eyes open and embrace everything that life can offer you.
The next 18 years of your life will be even greater than your first 18. Trust me.
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