19 Things To Know Before Turning 19

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

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And yet it's so different.

At the end of my teenage hood. Almost an adult. No longer a child. Life stops staying a waiting game and becomes a rushed something. Unsure of what is to come but still hoping it's good. In the grand scheme of things, 19 is nothing. But there are still something you should learn.

So here are 19 things you should know before 19...
   0 1   |   Smile more. You're beautiful when you smile.

   0 2   |   Always find privacy in this public world. 

   0 3   |   Never forget what you stand for. Even if the world forgets who you are.

   0 4   |   Apologise often. Laugh often. Cry often.

   0 5   |   The holes in your heart never quite goes away. But you'll keep breathing.

   0 6   |   Appreciate the people who make you happy to be you.

   0 7   |   You will lose friends, but will always gain new ones.

   0 8   |   There is no definition for being cool. You define it.

   0 9   |   Affection is such a wonderful trait. One difficult to maintain but exceptional to keep.

   1 0   |   Friends aren't your lovers, nor will lovers become your friends.

   1 1   |   You are worthy of love, and respect, and devotion you let yourself receive. And you are worth more than you think.

   1 2   |   Never let people suffer because you suffered. No one deserves hate you think you had. 
   1 3   |   Get angry when you are angry. It is better to let it out now than to keep it in forever. 

   1 4   |   This youth is yours. Don't grow up too fast. It is so hard to stay young.
   1 5   |   Make your own mistakes. Suffer your own consequences. So long as they were your own.

   1 6   |   Find days to sleep, and days to work. Don't keep working, and don't stay sleeping. 

   1 7   |   Don't place people on pedestals they will eventually break.

   1 8   |   Never stop learning, and never stop teaching. When you learn from someone, teach someone else.

   1 9   |   Success will arrive at any age. After all, age is just a number.

Whenever I write something so personal, it ends up an emotional wreck of a post. A personification of my mental state. Seemingly straightforward but littered with uncertainty and confusion. Sums myself up well.

More than anything else, this is a sequel to 18 Things to Know Before Turning 18. Both of them act as a reflection of where I am now. My life exactly one year later. Older with older thoughts and an older smile. I am reminded of the things I have learned and will continue to learn. 

19 feels different from 18, yet all the more familiar.

What did you want to know before turning 19?