5 Things I’ve Done Before Turning 18 & Graduating…& Maybe You Should Too

Turning eighteen, it’s insane to think about. Heck, I feel like only yesterday I was turning thirteen and now I’m three months from being an adult. I would definitely say I’ve lived a fairly full life. I’ve experienced everything from death, to births, to anger, to happiness, the best of friends, to broken friendships, I’ve been through it all. And throughout all my experiences I’ve done a lot of thinking, growing, and of course learning. Though, not everything I’ve done has been well thought out, or probably the best choices, you make mistakes and that’s how you learn, but there is five important things I’ve done in my life before turning eighteen that can be so beneficial and great. Now, it worked out for me, does not mean these will work for you, I’m not you, so I couldn’t tell you. But here we go… five things I’ve done before turning eighteen and graduating. In no particular order except how they come to my head…

  1. Got Organized
    Now I’m not talking about just cleaning your room, -though you should be doing that quite often anyway. I’m talking about seriously organizing. Getting a planner is something that helps me personally feel organized and all together. Mine is a Lilly Pulitzer, and I highly suggest hers. But honestly organizing your stuff can be anything from cleaning your room and giving everything a place, or putting every single thing you have planned wrote down into something you’ll check often so you never overwork yourself. Which brings me to number two….
  2. Relaxed
    I will be the first person to say, I do not let myself relax as much as I should. I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself, but lately I have really been working on letting myself just chill out. Typically for me, that means reading in my room and just letting everything be quiet. For everybody it’s different but I do know, once you’re an upperclassman, this is needed for your own mental health. Heck, at any point this is something that should be done just so you don’t overwork yourself.
  3. Not Let School Overtake Me
    For the first time ever, this is something I’m actually struggling with. My mom called it “senioritis” -it’s a real thing, look it up. Now, of course with homeschooling it’s different but for me it’s especially different. I’ll admit, I’ve let the stress of school lately overtake me because of an injury that prevents me from doing it comfortably. It’s kind of funny, because even when I had a concussion my sophomore year that put me actually out of school till almost second semester, I knew I would finish. Senior year though, it makes you stress so much more, but everyday I’m taking it slow and pushing myself to do it, even though I’m in pain. But I am not letting it become my every single worry.
  4. Got Rid of Toxins
    I cannot express the importance of this enough. Toxins; they are everywhere in your life. From the tv shows you watch, to the friends you may have. Being completely honest, a lot of my friends have been toxic, I still am around people who fill my mind with toxins. Though I do not talk to them unless I have to. This has been one of the most important things to get my mental health back on track. Toxic relationships infect every single part of your body, from your brain to your physical health. Obviously I want to go into more detail of this when I’m more comfortable talking about it, but all I can say is, this is so important. Before you graduate and go to college, seriously, take a step back and look at your life. Look at where toxins could be coming from, because you don’t want them to be eating away you for the rest of your life, and trust me they will if you don’t do anything about it. I honestly don’t know where I would be right now if I didn’t let go of some things and let God take control of it… Which brings me to;
  5. Put My Faith in God
    Now, I’m not going to put all my struggles that I’ve had with this… I think I’ll save that for when I eventually reveal my testimony but this has been so important for me in every way, shape, and form. Truly, you can do anything with God on your side, and it took me awhile to realize that. But lately though you know, I’ve given it all into his hands and honestly that has helped so much in my teenage years. I’m gonna put it bluntly, you’ll go through hell and back as a teenager and it’s not easy, but with Him, it can be. There is stuff that has happened to me that I would still be letting eat me alive if I didn’t just at the end of the day give it all to him. This is the most important thing you can do in life, and it’ll help you with all the other things that you’re going to go through. Ultimately you can’t express enough how important this is, so I’m going to stop now.

So there we have it, my personal opinion on what you should do before turning eighteen and graduating. Now you might not feel the need to do these things, and that’s perfectly fine. It’s your life, do whatever you want to do. This stuff has just helped me through my life lately, so I wanted to reach out and try to help others my age. So hey, if this helps you, let me know. If you’d like me go into a little more detail for one of the five things, let me know. I am slowly becoming an open book and really want to be able to help people, because I feel like this is what I’ve been called to do.

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