The 17 most important things I learned at 17

  1. Smile. It doesn’t matter how much life sucks right now. Think yourself happy.
  2. Read. The entire world is sitting at your fingertips. Become knowledgeable about whats going on around you.
  3. Express your feelings. You’ll regret it if you don’t tell that guy you like how you feel, or tell your friend how much you miss them or tell your mom that you love her.
  4. There is a difference between being alone and feeling alone. Be your own best friend but don’t forget about the people who love you too.
  5. Let it go. Know when it’s time for a chapter to end and let go gracefully. How you leave says a lot more than how you came.
  6. Sing as loud as you want. Belt that Adele song in the shower, girl.
  7. Listen to your parents. Sometimes, they actually do know what they’re talking about.
  8. Get your nails did. Pampering yourself never hurts.
  9. Cry when you need to cry. The longer you hold it in, the worse it gets. Vent. Vent. Vent.
  10. Stop apologizing for having emotions. You are human. You are allowed to feel things. Get rid of anyone who tells you otherwise.
  11. Even the worst things are blessings in disguise. Accept what is thrown your way with open arms.
  12. There is no such thing as failure. If you walked away with a different mindset, new perspective or invaluable knowledge — it was worth it.
  13. Wake up early. See mom and dad before they leave for work. Have that cup of tea with them no matter how much you hate tea.
  14. Don’t let people take advantage of you. Walk away from someone who doesn’t appreciate your presence in their life.
  15. Stay out of your head. Overthinking kills.
  16. Be proud. Own who you are. Nobody does you better than you.
  17. Remain optimistic. Having a negative outlook isn’t going to change anything.
“Reflecting: Looking back so the view looking forward is even clearer.”

Here’s to the next beautiful chapter filled with ups and downs.

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