A while back I read an article “What advice would you give to your 18 year old self?”. It took me a long time to finally get here but here I am and with (hopefully) some good advice.
First of all, at 18, I had no idea who I really was or what exactly it was that I wanted out of life. I was a student and I was out to have fun and, to be honest, just get through each day.
At 18 I spent a lot time laying awake at night thinking “My God, what am I gonna do when I graduate in June?”…and then I’d panic. I had no direction for my life. I’d only ever wanted to do two things seriously in my life: one was to act and the other was to write. Although I had been accepted to journalism school, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to be a journalist. And my dad refused to pay for my education should I decide to study drama. He said there was no way I’d make a living (he is very much a real-world type person and preferred that I had education and skills that would get me a career…at the very least, a paying job).
If I could time-travel back to my 18th year I would tell myself “It’s okay to not know who you are or what you want. Most teenagers don’t. Hell, most people hit 30 and still don’t know what they want from life. And it’s okay to dream. Dreams are what keep us going. Just don’t let dreams stand in the way of rationality. And it’s okay to be comfortable with yourself. Or not be, for that matter. Because one day you will be…..or at least you’ll be close. Follow your heart and instincts wherever you go and with whatever you do because somewhere along the way, if it hasn’t happened already, someone will try to lead you off-path and you (I) will have to make your own decision to do what’s right or what’s wrong. Try not to regret anything in life (unless it’s something that’s going to hurt someone) because our mistakes are what we learn from. Just try and not to make too many. And don’t worry if your heart gets broken right now. You’re 18!! God has bigger and better things in store for you to worry about high school boys. And to be honest, one of these days, sometime down the road of life, that high school boy will kick himself in the ass for ever letting you go. And be sure to have fun! What’s the point of living if there’s no fun? Make the most of your time as a kid…because 18 is still a kid. Enjoy it! And live your life for you!”