19 Things I learned between 18 and 19

19 Things I learned between 18 and 19

What a year it has been

By the time this is published I will have already made the big leap from 18 to 19 (which is weird because I instinctually still tell people I’m 17). I can say without a doubt this has been the single most formative year of my life, in both the degree of I’ve changed and how those changes have come about. I’ve had a lot of fun, but I’ve also learned a lot of lessons about the greater world, my immediate world, and about myself. I hope each and every single pieces of wisdom here can help you. Also disclaimer, I’m not saying these are all necessarily true, but rather that I’ve found these observations to be true.

1.I love oatmeal

Pretty simple one to start off with. It’s healthy, tastes great, easy to make, and a fantastic way to start your day.

2. Making money and living your dream aren't mutually exclusive

I think there is a common held belief that you can either love your job or make a lot of money, and from observing other people, I now know this isn’t the case. Sure, work is work, but you can enjoy it.

3.You can't help everyone

Change is hard. Just because you’ve changed and something worked for you, doesn’t mean it will work for someone else.

4.Some people aren't worth it

Some people rise will never fail you, but some will let you down time after time. The latter kind of person is often not worth having play a major role in your life.

5.You can learn to love what you hate

Not advocating for living some miserable existence here, but it’s true. Whether it’s a certain food or task, my past notions are just as often proven wrong as they are right, and only time can change opinions.

6.Parents are people

This has been a big year for how I see my parents. It’s easy to de-humanize people who are older than you/who you see every day, whether that be a teacher, a coach, or a parent. However, they are people to, with hopes and dreams and emotions and justifications, and it is important to realize that.

7.I've had world class parents

I always knew I had good parents, but it wasn’t till I heard about other peoples’ parents at college that I realized my parents really are a cut above the rest.

8. College isn't one big party

Despite what Hollywood would tell you, it’s really not. There are ups and downs, homework and quizzes, quiet nights and wild nights, kind of a mixed bag.

9.Going to bed early is kind of awesome

Wild nights are great, but waking up with 10 hours of sleep and not having shot the day sleeping in is also amazing.

10.Your world can change in an instant

This can be positive or negative. Whether it is drinking a certain sports drink that hospitalizes you, or moving into a dorm room, your whole world can change like that.

11. Your self image can, and will, change all the time and that's ok

Still trying to grasp this one, but I think how we see ourselves is one of the most interesting topics in the world, and the image we have of ourselves can change depending on a million factors, both physical and non physical factors.

12.Small parties are better than big ones

Like I’ve said, there are quiet nights and wild ones, but contrary to popular belief, a party of 8 where you know everyone is far better than a party of 400, personal experience confirms it.

13. Just cause someone cares about you doesn't mean you have to take their advice

Having people in your life who care about you is a blessing. This being said, it’s your life, so take their advice into account, but make your own decisions.

14. Starting a paper 3 weeks ahead and 5 days ahead will result in different grades, no matter how good you are at the class

Learned this one on my most recent Political Science midterm, starting ahead and breaking the work up makes for a much better finished product, no matter your cramming skills.

15.“I was drunk” is never a legitimate excuse

I’ve used it, you’ve used it, and we’ve all used it. Anytime I’ve said it, or heard someone say it, I know that being drunk doesn’t matter. Intoxicated or not, you have to answer for your actions.

16.Sometime people are better than you remember them, sometimes they're not

Distance changes everything. I’ve gone home from break and liked people a lot more than when I left, but sometimes the opposite does occur. People change, accept it.

17.People are a product of their parents

I can track the vast majority of qualities I have to qualities held by my parents, and can do so with some other people as well. Think of it as a context for peoples lives.

18.The only way to get out of a bad situation is to work out of it

Hard work pays off, no matter the situation.

19. It's ok to miss home

I really do like college, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss home and that’s ok.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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In The Words Of Casting Crowns, My Life Will Be For 'Only Jesus'

"Only Jesus" by Casting Crowns has inspired me to live my life for Jesus.


When I watch the music video for Casting Crowns "Only Jesus" I am reminded of the reason why we are on this earth, alive, breathing air through our lungs, our hearts beating, and time going on and on.

We are on this earth, not to seek our own glory, our own accolades, and our own selfish greed, but to know God, love God, and to make Him known in this world, through sharing how God's son Jesus has set us free from our sinful lives and has resurrected us spiritually.

At the beginning of the video, we see Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, driving down a road, eventually driving into a junkyard. The junkyard is both a setting for the music video and an allegory. The junkyard is allegorical to show that everything we obtain in this world, both material things and in achieving our own selfish pursuits of self-glory, self-pride, and self-adulation, will one day rot away and decay into nothingness.

No one will remember you in 500 years when you are dead and gone. The only exception to this is if you do something spectacular with your life that makes you famous. Only then will people remember what you did, not the person that you really was.

But living for Jesus and dedicating our lives to the "good fight" is the everlasting legacy we should pass on.

We should be remembered how we dedicated every minute of our lives being fishers of men for Jesus. When Christian men and women live this way, their children learn about God's love, which in turn causes them to surrender their lives to God, then passing God's love to their children, repeating this infinite loop of love for all time until Jesus comes back. Only Jesus is eternal. Only His love is eternal.

So when I die, "I don't want to leave a legacy. I don't care if they remember me, only Jesus."

Because my Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the only thing that matters.

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