The clock has struck midnight, signaling the start of a brand new day. It is Saturday, the 25th of March 2017 and I’m officially 20 years old. The big 2-0. I don’t feel 20, not even in the slightest bit. It’s so crazy to think that I’m technically no longer a teenager but a young adult. But I feel like I’ve grown and matured quite a bit these past few months so I thought I’ll share some of the things that I’ve learnt as a teenager.
So here are 20 things I’ve learnt as a teenager:
1.Education is so important.
I bet you’ve heard that line thousands of times from either your parents or your teachers and you’re a little sick of hearing it again but it is the truth; education is so fucking important. So make sure to study hard and as my mom like to tell me, “education can change your life” which I totally agree and you should listen to my mom because she’s always (well, mostly) right.
2.Spend time with your family
Remember, like us, our parents are also getting older too so cherish your time with them and try to spend time with them too.
3. Real friends are few and hard to find
So be sure to cherish those friendships if you have them because life is too short to surround yourself with fake friends.
4.Friendship needs work
Like all relationship, friendships take time and effort too. If you don’t put in time and effort in your friendship, how are you actually going to know the other person and have that close connection?
5.You’re going to lose touch with some of your friends
That’s just a part of life. You lose some, you gain some. Some people just aren’t meant to be in your life forever.
6.Its okay not to be in a relationship
Society keeps telling us that by the time we’re 20, we’re supposed to already have been in at least one relationship but fuck society. So what if you’re single? Being single doesn’t mean that you’re lonely, it means you’re working on yourself as a person and that you’re comfortable enough with being by yourself.
7.Not everyone is as nice as they seem
Some people are only nice to your face and to you when it benefits them. But once shit happens, you’ll finally get to see them for the people they truly are and you realize that they were never really your friends. (I’ve been there) So cut out all the negativity in your life that’s been weighing you down.
8.Not everyone is going to like you
There are bound to be people out whose personalities aren’t compatible with yours and who can’t handle the type of person you are but that’s not your fault. You can’t please everyone and that’s just a part of life.
9.Learn new things
Life is about learning new things and it is never too late to try to learn something new. So if you have something that you have always wanted to learn or do, go do it! I do believe that it is important for us to keep on learning so that we can keep up on everything that is happening around us and also to grow as a person.
10.It’s okay to say no
If you’re not comfortable with something or just simply do not want to do something, just say no. It’s okay to say no.
11.Step out of your comfort zones
You don’t really truly experience what life has to offer until you step out of your bubble. Stepping out of your comfort zones can be scary but it can also be rewarding. I mean, you can’t exactly stay in that bubble for the rest of you life can you?
12.Sometimes you’ll feel lost
Everyone goes through shitty days and there are times we don’t know what to do with our lives or ourselves but we can’t just stop there and simply give up on life because we’re lost. Instead take a deep breath and take things one step at a time, day by day.
13.Failing is a part of life
As someone who has failed countless of times, I know how much it sucks but as I said, it’s a part of time. Even the most successful people have failed numerous times before they succeeded.
14.Hard work pays off
You only get out what you put in. No one gets rewarded just by being lazy and doing nothing. If you work hard, the hard work will pay off.
15.If you want something go out and get it
Life is too short to be afraid so go out there and get what you want otherwise one day, you might regret not going after it.
16.Have confidence in yourself
Having confidence in yourself is so important because how do you expect people to see how amazing and great you are if you can’t see it yourself?
17.Travel is good for the soul
Traveling is not only fun but it also help broaden one’s mind and perspective to the world out there. We get to experience different cultures and places through traveling and learn about ourselves and the world out there along the way.
In the world of social media and technology, you hardly see people holding books instead, they’re holding their phones. Reading is not only a great stress reliever as it allows you to escape into another world for a couple of hours but it is also a good source for knowledge.
19.Be your own hero
No one is going to baby you and be there to lick your wounds for you or kiss your scars every time you get hurt or that you’re down. Life is not a movie so stop waiting for prince charming to come and save the day.
Because you’re not going to be young forever so make sure to enjoy it while it last because whats the point of life if you’re not enjoying it and living it to the fullest?