18 Things to Know Before You Turn 18

Turning 18 is a big deal. Not just for your parents, but also for yourself . You may think at the age of 18 you know everything, but you may want to think again; even a 23 years old still doesn’t know what they want to be. Here are 18 points you should know before you turn 18.

1. School is not forever

Every high school student has had enough of school, but know that you will not stay in school forever. Time goes by really fast, and before you know it, you’re out of high school. Treasure every moment while in school. Get out of high school with loads of memories that you can share to your future children. Learn to enjoy every aspect of it.

2. Cooking skills are important

Sooner or later you will be living on your own. Learning how to cook will prepare you for the future. Cooking at home is less expensive, plus eating out can be unhealthy. Preparing your own food at home is a cheaper and healthier alternative.

3. Growing up is not easy

Don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. Slow down and take your time, have fun being a kid. Don’t be in such a rush to become an adult. This is not a race. You will get there one day. What’s important now is to cherish every moment.

4. It’s okay to fail

Got an F on a test? That’s okay! That letter F on your test paper does not define the rest of your life. Failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of the success. Fall down seven times, get up eight. Never give up, because everyone has bad days. Pick yourself up and keep going.

5.You should take it easy on love

Love will come at the right time. The right person will come, you just need to be patient, and while waiting why not improve yourself? You don’t need to rush into a relationship, if something is bound to happen it will happen. The right person is always worth the wait, and remember true love comes unexpectedly.

6. Family is forever

Family is everything. Yes, there will be times where misunderstandings comes, but know that your family is all you have in times of troubles. Family are the only people in life who will be with you through every trial you may have. Try to spend as much time as possible with them while you still can. Live life with no regrets.

7. Jobs are important

It is recommended for teens to go work at the age 16 to gain work experience and learn how to earn money on their own. Teens can build connections through work and become more sociable and active. Working weekends is advisable, though teens who work during the school year, learn how to balance their time. Getting a job teaches independence and develops responsibility at a young age.

8. Words are powerful

You must know how to control your temper and what comes out of your mouth. Your words really do have a big impact on others. Sometimes we say things that we don’t mean. Just know that you can’t take back what’s been said and done.

9. Get to know yourself

Do you know what you want to do right after high school? Have you decided where you want to be 5 years from now? If not, maybe it’s time for you to get to know yourself and your personal likes, dislikes and opinions because knowing who you are could help you shape your future.

10. Learn how to handle your money

Start young. Know your wants and needs. Instead of spending that 5 bucks on Starbucks, hold on to it, and save it. Sometimes we buy things that we think we need, but in reality we really don’t. Stop spending money on shoes that aren’t comfortable just to look cute, instead buy cheaper shoes that are more comfortable and a lot more practical. Be a smart shopper, look for sales and use coupons to save money.

11. Make lots of friends

While in school, why not make connections while you still can? Have you tried talking to the person who’s sitting alone at your lunch table? Why don’t you try to approach that person and start a conversation. You might have something in common and who knows, you could be study buddies. 

12. Leave the past and focus on the future

Reflect back on your mistakes. That way it will help you forgive and forget. You will never find your happiness if you’re still living in the past. Forgive, forget, learn the lesson and move forward. Don’t let the past stop you from a brighter future ahead of you. Cheer up! Everythings gonna be alright.

13. Try something new

Deciding if you want to take AP classes? How about riding the most terrifying ride at the fair? This is your chance to try it. Don’t be afraid to try something new, move out of your comfort zone. You only live once so you must make the most out of it.

14.  Learn how to love yourself

Ever heard of the term, “To love others, you must first love yourself?” Well when you love yourself, you will know the things you deserve in life. Loving yourself, despite all your flaws, will make you happier and your life easier.

15. Education is important 

Grades are the most important thing you walk away with. Doing well is as important as showing up and turning in your homework. You don’t have to be the smartest kid to earn high grades. A good education has the power to change a life. It’s a treasure that no else can take away from you. 

16.Preparing for the future is important

While you’re still in high school you should think about what you want to do after. If you’re a senior, you should fill out the FAFSA if you are considering applying to colleges. You also might want to meet up with your school counselors to check on your credits. Start looking for scholarships and grants, those will help you big time. If you’re a junior get those grades up because time goes by pretty fast.

17. Forget the haters

Don’t mind the people who try to bring you down. Remember that you are not who they say. Just continue being who you are. You are special and loved by many.

18. Be grateful

Be grateful for your family, friends, and the people around you because life is a gift. Enjoy the little things. Remember to be thankful for what you have.