Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 18

Life/Recreation - General
By: maysousa    
04-Nov-2015

Introduction:After you reach a certain age, it's very common to look back to the time when you thought you knew it all and think of all the things you know better than doing again. Some mistakes you may continue making in the long run, but some things you learn as soon as you get to your adult life. These are the things I learned.

  • 01

    Credit Cards Are Pointless

    This is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of my 18 year old self. I already had a debit card due to my paid internship, but as soon as I turned 18 I felt the need to own a credit card so I could buy things to pay only next month. Stupid thought, of course, but nobody stopped me. And also nobody told me credit cards make you feel like you actually have the same amount of money as your limit, which I did not. Pointless also to say that I got myself in a huge debt. Ever since then, I gave up on credit cards - if I have money, I buy it, if not, I wait a bit more.

  • 02

    A Degree Is Important, But There's So Much More You Can Do For Yourself

    Nowadays, information is right in front of us. You just need to type a few words on Google and you can read and practice whatever comes to your mind. I'm a graphic designer who learned programming solely online and, pardon my modesty, I'm pretty darn good at it. There are so many courses online with actual certificates and even universities offering classes on their websites, so it's totally okay for you to take them all before actually heading out to college. I have friends working as columnists, fashion designers and producing all kinds of audiovisual contents without a degree, because we are the generation who knows that just because you don't have a degree, doesn't mean you don't study hard.

  • 03

    Save Money, But Don't Let It Control You

    I've been working since I was 16 - heck, maybe even earlier, if you count the times I worked for my uncle's company - but I only started saving money was around the age of 20, which, at times, made me feel like a huge failure, because I saw friends putting money together for an exchange program abroad and buying apartments, but I finally came to terms this is going to depend on what you want for yourself. I want to travel and buy things such as nice cameras and computers to expand my options as a freelancer. I see people saving money for years and meanwhile they just sat on the couch every night. Their money is still in the bank, they are getting older and they have nearly no experience with the world out there. It's totally up to you, but you might be missing out on something life changing.

  • 04

    Talk About Feelings, to Everybody, All the Time

    There is something very messed up with the world nowadays that makes it seem like talking about how we feel is a bad thing. Telling the boy you love that you do is cheesy, feeling sad and crying makes you an ungrateful person, even being enthusiastic might be misunderstood as wanting to show off. People have always repressed my feelings, especially during some not so great times of my life, and it took me years to realize there's no shame in feeling so many things, sometimes all at once, and vocalizing your thoughts. Out of fear of looking pathetic, it took me years to say I love you to someone or to admit my depression. Don't let it happen to you.

  • 05

    At the End of the Day, You Will Always Be Your Own Person

    When I was 18, I used to rely on people's opinions, plans and schedules. I passed on opportunities of travelling, moving, working extra hours because I wanted to be surrounded by the people I liked and/or was friends with. It took me a while to realize these people did not stop their lives like I was doing to be around them and the truth is they shouldn't do that. It's not healthy, nothing good will come out of it. Of course, some choices will make you grow apart from people you used to see everyday and it's going to be hard, but they will also lead to new experiences for you to share with whomever crosses your path, and that is awesome. And there's also something so great about being friends with somebody who goes for what they want without depending on somebody else. It's the kind of people I like to have around now.




Final Thoughts

Of course, these are my experiences and how I've lived so far. My thoughts will, for sure, change within a few years, but at this moment I feel like I live my life to its fullest and I cannot remember the last time I felt like this, or if I ever did before. Intuition is a real thing and you should always follow it. If something feels right, it probably is, and the same works for the bad and nobody will be able to tell how it feels but yourself.




Comments

  • goodselfme 11/4/2015 Flag This Comment

    This was a great list to read. As you said we all could make our own list of these and sure enough agree with much of yours. Thank you

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