Thoughts of a Seventeen year old

I am truly sorry of the mere confusing this post may bring to many readers. The past week, I’ve felt inspired to wright something different on my blog, something that dives a little deeper and expresses something other than fashion and beauty. Through this inspiration, I’ve decided to record, in a semi organized fashion, my thoughts on life at this point in time. This is really an expression of ideas that I have become aware of as a seventeen year old and an inside look on how I’m feeling during this transitional stage in my life.

Seventeen is a confusing age. You reach a point in your life where your still considered being young, but have to start making crucial choices regarding your future. Some will push you to go out and take advantage of your youth, while others will tell you that you should be focusing on your future career. Many don’t understand that most teens are trying to find their way and their interests, and that we still have a lifetime ahead of us. This pressure put on by society of always knowing what you want to do with your life and when it should be achieved is unrealistic. Whether you’re at the age of 15 or 65, interests and passions change. Therefore, it’s okay not to know where you’re going as long as you’re are still actively doing what makes you happy and striving towards your passions. Take the time you need to figure out your life.

Change is also a inevitable when growing up and this doesn’t just apply to young kids. Entering new environments, meeting new people and learning about different topics are transitions that are daunting, yet necessary. Whether it’s changing schools, finding a job or moving to a foreign country, we’e all had moments filled with pure excitement and unease. Your life is too short to live in a state of what if. Therefore, gather up the courage to face your fears. I believe that change is only scary if you make it out to be scary.

Ever since I started College, feelings of excitement and fear have been prominent in my life. College transitions can seem frightening and uneasy at first, but if you stay true to yourself and what you stand for, you will draw the most incredible experiences and people into your life (can you tell I take a philosophy class?). Being nervous, vulnerable and daring, are emotions that everyone faces at some point in their life. These emotions surface during different stages and its by accepting them that you finally realize that you should not spend your time worrying. Trust me, I know it’s easier said then done. Being fearless takes time and practice. Remind yourself how great you’ll feel after completing whatever makes you nervous and anxious. Your outlook on that situation will change and you will feel as though could conquer whatever else is thrown at you

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Being seventeen feels empowering. You reach a stage in your life where you’ve matured and know your worth. I can gladly say that I am happy and excited for the future. Evidently, this was not always the case, but through hard times, I’ve grown to value my well-being and not stretch myself out to thin. Even if you feel sad or anxious at times, these emotions do not define your life. Do things that make you happy, keep on learning and surround yourself with a positive crowd. These elements are key to having a truly happy and successful life.

With all that nonsense said, I hope to document my thoughts every year, at whatever age I’m at, in order to inspire you, the reader, into grabbing the essential good out of life and living it to the best that you possibly can.

 
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Grab Every OPPORTUNITY that is thrown at you

For the universe brought it to you for a reason

 
Amazing experiences have never EVER come from comfort zones.
 
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At the fine age of seventeen, I’ve realized that mental exercises are pivotal in turning any bad situation into a good one. Don’t dwell on a bad situation that occurred for five minutes and therefore caused you to feel upset for a long period of time. In fact, one of the most powerful things you can do is altering your mind set when you feel discouraged or upset. Acknowledge the discomfort you feel, and then move on. Do not spend your time fussing over the little, unimportant things. An easy way to make the positive trump the negative is by enumerating what your most grateful for and looking at how far you have come in life.

Remember that you are the only person who can define your own happiness. This seems quite obvious, but many put their happiness either in other peoples hands or material objects. While these two things enhance life and make it that much more enjoyable, at the end of the day you are left with yourself and this is where your true happiness lies. Therefore, prioritize your well-being. Repeating on a daily basis words of encouragement such as you are enough, keep on going or I am happy, can affect your state of mind in the best way. Whatever you think, you are.

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