18 Life Lessons To Learn By The Time You're 18

18 Life Lessons To Learn By The Time You're 18

Experience really is the best teacher.
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1. Listen to music, read books, and travel as much as possible. Constantly immersing yourself in culture helps you grow not only intellectually, but spiritually and emotionally as well.

2. You may be getting older, but remember your parents are too. As your reliance on them decreases, keep in mind all they have done to get you where you are and remember to appreciate them because you never know when the day will come that you won't be able to anymore.

3. When things don't go as planned or tragedy strikes, you have two choices: you can let the wave knock you down and sulk in your own misery, or you can face it head on. If you choose the latter, though the wave will succumb you and take you under for a moment, you will come out of it cleansed and stronger than ever.

4. Your digital footprint does not wash away; be cautious of what you post on social media. Though there is nothing wrong with having a good time, it isn't necessary to post drunk pictures and videos of yourself across all your social media platforms. Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't make you look cool or popular, and it won't look very good to future employers either.

5. Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, eat your fruits and vegetables, and throw on a nice smelling face mask before bed on those extra stressful days. A little TLC can go a long way for your mind, body, and soul.

6. Don't rely on someone else for your happiness. There is a fine line between love and dependence, and in order to make a relationship really work, you need to love yourself first. If you wait for someone else to bring you that self-gratification, then the minute they're gone your happiness will be too.

7. Your party friends are not your real friends. They may joke around with you at 11 pm on a Friday night while you're together sipping on red solo cups, but they won't be there when it's 2 am on a Tuesday night and you just need a shoulder to cry on.

8. Nice guys always finish first. Being rude may get you want you want in the moment, but having a kind, genuine heart is what gets you further in the end. People may not remember your name, but they will always remember the way you made them feel.

9. Put your phone down every once in a while. Soaking in the world's beauty through your own eyes as opposed to the eye of an iPhone camera is much more rewarding.

10. People will always have something to say about you, so you might as well do what you please. True friends will stick with you through all your decisions, and the ones that don't aren't worth the trouble anyways.

11. It's okay to be sad. Ugly cry all the way through your favorite Adele song, eat some chocolate and scream into the mountain of pillows on your bed. It's important to let yourself feel your emotions full force for a little bit, just don't let them consume you.

12. You're going to get rejected, and you are going to fail. Just know these things are a lesson learned and it's okay to not be perfect. Without failure, we would not know the beauty of success.

13. The world has much more to offer than what is enclosed within the walls of your high school. The drama that seems so significant there at the time will not matter once you graduate, and neither will your popularity.

14. Life is not a competition. There could be someone out there that you think is prettier than you, or smarter than you, but you can't compare yourself to a rose when you are a daisy.

15. Never settle. You are too young to settle with something or someone if you don't see it going anywhere or benefiting your future in any way.

16. Even through the dark times, find reasons to love the world and it will love you right back.

17. Take care of your planet. Refrain from creating litter, recycle as much as you can and find as many little ways to be green as possible. The smallest acts of loving your Earth will make a big difference in the future. It's your home, after all.

18. Everything will work out in the end. Often times you may find yourself in a stressful place where everything seems to be going wrong at once, but have a little faith in the fact that your hard work will pay off in due time.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

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There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

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Donald Trump Shutting Down The Government Is Just Like A 5-Year-Old Child Throwing A Temper Tantrum

Donald Trump's political actions are shockingly similar to those of a small child.

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"Mommy I'm going to hold my breath until I get what I want" was a quote you could hear me saying when I was around five years old. However, unlike President Trump, I outgrew throwing petty temper tantrums when I was a child.

On December 22, 2018, Donald Trump issued a government shutdown until he was granted $5 billion for his U.S.-Mexico border wall. This shutdown, lasting for a total of 35 days, devastated 420,000 federal employees as they were required to work without immediate compensation.

In this case, instead of Trump holding his breath until he gets what he wants, he withholds the paychecks of thousands of people with families to support. In response to this shutdown, GoFundMe launched a campaign to help financially compensate government workers, raising over $90,000 for over 1,000 people in just two days.


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Pictured above is just one example of the many GoFundMe's created to help those Trump victimized with the government shutdown. Donald Trump's temper tantrum affected parents, children, friends, and family of government employees in a range of departments which are the Department of Treasury, Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Commerce, Justice, as well as the Department of State, Department of the Interior and Homeland Security.

While I wholeheartedly agree that immigration into the United State's is a very pressing issue, I believe there are better ways to tackle this problem than simply building a wall. However, whether you are a supporter of Trump's Border Wall or not, most can agree that throwing a petty temper tantrum is not the way a politician, let alone a President, should act. Shutting down the government until they agree to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall devastated over 420,000 people and there is no excuse for it.

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