Today, I turn 18. Aside from the fact that my mind is blown that I’ve reached “adulthood” and that I’m not really looking forward to having to sign a bunch of new medical forms for myself, it feels pretty good. Over the summer I started putting together this post, after I was inspired by something I saw on Twitter. I thought I’d start right away, and edit as I went along. Thank goodness I did, because reflecting on a whole year is hard when you can’t remember anything! Thanks past Peyton, and without further ado, here’s 17 things I learned while 17.
17 Lessons I Learned at 17
- Some people will surprise you when you give them a second chance – but others won’t.
- You shouldn’t be in a relationship that drains you of your energy or makes you unhappy.
- Don’t do something just because you’re told you’re lucky to have the opportunity if you’re not genuinely interested.
- Things may be a million times worse than expected, but that doesn’t mean you won’t make it through.
- The iPhone 7 does not have portrait mode.
- You can skip “milestone” events; it’s okay. You still graduate even if you don’t go to graduation.
- What feels like the ultimate betrayal can lead you to some of the most unforgettable times and people.
- People really don’t know the ADA or what it means.
- You can watch the first season of Riverdale in two days by accident.
- No matter how prepared you think you are for a puppy, it’ll still challenge you.
- Sometimes it doesn’t need to be perfect; it just needs to be done.
- It’s okay to take breaks.
- Do what is best for you and your health, not what makes things easier for everyone else.
- You are not a burden.
- Sometimes being nice doesn’t work.
- You don’t need people with bad vibes in your life.
- Stay with those who will carry you when you can no longer get up. Those are some of the best people you will ever meet.
While I don’t have any grand plans for my birthday, it’s a beautiful day and I fully intend to enjoy every minute of it. This weekend I’ll be going home to celebrate with my family, but until then listening to Disney music and playing with Peggy sounds perfect to me.
Until next time,