18 things i’ve learned by eighteen

1- people don’t actually notice most of the things you think they do. the pimple on your face isn’t the only thing they see when they look at you. your stutter when you’re nervous doesn’t affect what they think of you. basically, the things that seem so big and embarrassing are actually barely noticed by others.

2- don’t try so hard to make people like you, just be yourself. in the end, what matters more? what you (and God) thinks of yourself, or that guy you met at the theater? plus,  people tend to gravitate toward people who are confident in themselves. which leads me too…

let people see the real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, and magical person you are. – Mandy Hale

3- confidence is everything. you’ll get jobs, friends, better opportunities… people like confidence. 

just fake it till you make it.

4- importance of putting God first. no matter what you do.

put God first and everything else will fall into its proper place.

5- importance of loving others like you want to be loved. treat others how you want to be treated. find ways to make people happy, just completely love on others as Jesus would.

6- you need to do things if you want to get somewhere. sitting and doing nothing will do nothing for you.

do something today that your future self will thank you for.

7- there is no such thing as being an overachiever, only people who are insecure by others who are passionate and actually put in the work.

8- praying about everything will grow your faith significantly. just talk to God. your worries, you accomplishments… everything.

9- no matter what you do there are going to be people who judge you. just listen to God, love everyone, and be kind. there are just some people who won’t like you no matter what you do.

10- you have no idea how much of an impact you have on someone.

11- don’t be a hypocrite. don’t gossip if you don’t like to be gossiped about. don’t tell people what they should do if your not also going too. you are in no place to tell someone else what one thing is wrong with them when you multiple things wrong with you.

12- show everyone respect. I see too many people only respecting their superiors but not there inferiors (that includes children too).

13- don’t spend 1 minute getting mad at something that won’t matter in 1 year.

14- focus on the positive, not the negative. if you do your world will be much happier. don’t pick out the problems in your life, rather find the good.

happy people focus on what they have, unhappy people focus on what they don’t. 

15- don’t make decisions out of fear. so many people these days are making catastrophic decisions that will affect millions… just cause they’re scared. think logically.

16- don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t change. there’s nothing keeping you from being the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even yesterday.

17- yes, your age will grow, your responsibilities will grow, and probably your family, but that does not mean you can’t still be a child at heart.

we don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

18- everyone has an opinion. everyone’s opinion needs to be respected. stop making “all caps” posts on your friends facebook page, and actually try and kindly try to understand their side of things and their opinion.

– M

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