Turning 15… 15 Things I’ve Learned

Today’s the day. Today I turned 15!  Over the 15 years of my life, I have learned quite a few things from learning to share in preschool all the way to learning to type a formal essay. In today’s blogpost I will be sharing 15 things that I’ve learned over the years.

 

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1. It’s OKAY to say no

Everyone wants to be included. Everyone wants to have a good time with their friends or family. There will be times where you are exhausted, need alone time, or are just too busy. Do not feel pressured to go or do whatever anyone else wants. You choose what’s best for you.

 2. It’s a GOOD thing to be not taken too seriously

A while ago, it used to bother me that some of my classmates wouldn’t take me seriously during class discussion. Although I think that school is really important and I take it seriously, sometimes I ask questions which are based off curiosity which might come off funny. Now, this doesn’t bother me.

3. Wear what makes you happy

You have your style and she has her style. You are unique and one way to show it is through your fashion. Have fun with it!

4. Try new foods

You’ll never know the flavors you can taste. Don’t label yourself as a picky eater or refuse to taste things. Last year, I HATED Indian food, but now, it’s one of my favorites. Give me all the tika masala! The world has so many flavors to offer, go for it!

5. Compare yourself to only yourself

Looking at all the different people whether it be in school, sports, or just in life, you can’t compare yourself to them. You are special and perfect in your way. You just be the best that you can be.

6. Surround yourself with people who make you happy

Bringing positivity into your life is so good for you. Spend your time with the people who make you feel good about yourself. Spend the weekends with the people who make you laugh and bring you up.

7. Remove distractions when you want to be productive 

Whenever I’m studying, I always take all distractions away which is mostly my phone. It helps for concentration purposes. It’s highly effective and your brain will comprehend the information better.

8. It’s okay to be sad at times without a reason

Sometimes life is just confusing, or you are just having one of those days. It’s totally fine if you don’t have a valid reason to be sad. Some days, you just need to decompress. You can’t be happy all the time. It’s a good thing to be positive and make the best out of the worsts, but you don’t have to pretend like everything is perfect.

9. Be grateful for what you have 

There’s many days where I don’t even think of this. It’s sad, but we tend to forget. Some people would die to have what you have. With this, it’s important to give when you can and be the best you can be. One of my favorite quotes is “You have enough, You do enough, You are ENOUGH”

10. Be ambitious and go out of your comfort zone

At times, I prefer to sit back. Go after those opportunities. Enter the contest, join a sport, etc. When I was nine years old, I left to North Carolina to sleep away camp for two weeks on my own. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I went the following year for three weeks. In eighth grade, I went to newly-open-borders Cuba by myself with eight others and two teachers. Take the risk sometimes.

11. Drink LOTS of water

Water is so important. To this day, I still do not drink enough water daily. It’s important to hydrate for so many reasons. Drink up!

12. Sleep is a nescessity

Make sure to get as much sleep is needed for you. It is recommended that teenagers receive 7-10 hours of sleep at night. With my volleyball schedule, I barely get seven. It’s important to relax and recover. While that Netflix episode might sound tempting, wait for the weekend.

13. No one is perfect

You are allowed to make mistakes. It’s okay if you get a D on a test. It’s okay if you shank a ball. It’s okay to not be perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. It’s about what you will do next time to fix them. Work a little harder for that perfect pass, study a little longer for that A.

14. Be confident 

Do you. Nothing else needs to be said.

15. Know when to splurge and save 

Know when you should splurge and when to save your money. Money is valuable and shouldn’t be thrown around.

That’s all for today. I hope these little things that I’ve learned can benefit you! Thanks for reading!

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