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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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