What I would tell any 18-year old

My sister graduated from high school recently (GO HER!) so I thought of all the things I would have wanted someone to tell me 9-10 years ago. God, I feel old. I’ll share a few things that came to mind:

  1. Study abroad. I never got the chance to do it and that I regret
  2. Get involved. I wasn’t as involved as I would have liked in college. I did some stuff, but what I mean is join an organization. Or two. Volunteer often. Meet people.
  3. Trust your instincts.
  4. Save those coins. I didn’t attempt to start saving until after college. I kind of wish I had started earlier than that. My bank account was LIT when financial aid dropped every semester. I could’ve saved some serious money. P.s. Don’t get a credit card. If you have to, get ONE. THAT’S IT. No more than one.
  5. Don’t look to what other people are doing. I mean it. Don’t pay attention to what people are doing around you or what’s posted on social media. Do you.
  6. Stay in touch. I’m terrible at this. Terrible, horrible, no good, very bad. Meeting people also means trying to stay in touch with them. Try.
  7. Take care of yourself. Physically, mentally, spiritually, and any other way that ends with -ally.
  8. Travel. Don’t let opportunities pass you by. The adulting world is hard and there just aren’t enough 3-day weekends or half-days in the adulting calendar. Travel if you can.
  9. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Asking for help makes you feel all vulnerable and whatnot. It sucks when you’re used to being independent, but it’s ok to be vulnerable.
  10. Build a foundation/relationship with God that can stand on it’s own when you don’t have community. Community is great and vital; however, it gets tough when you don’t have it or struggling to find a church. I guess I’m saying learn to be alone and solitary in your walk. I don’t know. Learn discipline, maybe?

Most importantly, be yourself. You can’t please everyone. You won’t. It’s impossible. Just try to be yourself and live your best life, make memories, and run in the other direction if someone wants you to be something you’re not.

Do you have any words of wisdom for an 18-year old or the interwebs?

Thanks for reading.

 

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