THREE LIFE LESSONS I’VE LEARNED AT THE RIPE AGE OF 16

November 16, 2020

Over my course of existence, there are a few life lessons that I have learned when it comes to life and dealing with it. You know, a lot of this you might be like, “Well, duh,” but sometimes it isn’t as obvious to other people as it is to you, and that’s why I wanted to share these tips today.

 

The first thing that has done me wonders is to stop worrying about things I can’t control.

 

This happened a lot when my mom would be driving me to the bus. I absolutely hated being late and it somehow seemed like we always were. I don’t know why, but I would get so anxious during those times and it would end up in the start of my day absolutely sucking.

 

However, when I realized that I wasn’t the one driving, and that there really isn’t any point in worrying about it because there is absolutely nothing I can do to change it, my nervousness sort of faded away over time.

 

Another thing that I’ve learned is that it’s okay to cut your losses or quit sometimes.

 

I’d always had this thing where I needed to get things done or it would be the end of the world. When I tell you I applied this notion to everything I mean EVERYTHING, especially in school.

 

Now, this is kind of complicated because I still do this, but I don’t do it to the point where it gets in the way of my daily life. In terms of school, I don’t push for amazingly perfect grades anymore.

 

Other ways you can take that is in terms of sports or activities in general. I find that if something feels really draining, I don’t need to finish it, especially if I found myself dreading to do it anyways.

 

Also: be honest with yourself, you deserve it. It’s fine to tell little white lies to people if it’s a mutual benefit, but often it’s better to rip the band aid off before infection starts to fester.

 

I’ve found that some things are just better that way. If you have a nagging suspicion or something that someone does upsets, don’t pretend like you don’t know it.

 

I promise you, things will only get worse if you ignore your feelings.

 

While these were just a few, there’s a wide variety of things that can be said on this topic, and I promise you I plan on covering them in the future!

 

As always, stay safe, and remember it’s never too late to reach out and ask for help if you think you need it.

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GRACE ANDERSON, STAFF WRITER/HEAD OF VIDEO OPERATIONS
Grace Anderson is a tenth grade writing and publishing major going on her fourth year at Lincoln Park. Hailing from Moon Township, Grace enjoys going on hikes with her dog and taking in the scenery, indulging in baking and gardening on the side. 
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