Welcome to June! My best month in the year.
And yes! Wait for it…
It’s World Dee’s Day. My birthday!! Hurray💃💃💃(this is the part where y’all, my loyal fans reading sing the popular birthday song☺️)
Being a teenager who’s pretty much trying to figure LIFE out, there are some lessons that I’ve learnt during these past few years that have helped sharpened my reasoning and taught me how to become who I want to be.
Today I’ll be sharing 17 of them as I turn 17 too. I hope it does help you too.
1) God Comes First.
Being a believer has got to be the most important and essential part of my life. Having a solid relationship with God is the best decision any teenager would ever make. Everything I do revolves around Him and everything I am and will become is through Him. ‘Cos with Him we can be rest assured that our future is safe. And what better time to start than now, being young??
2)Have Lots of Acquaintances But Choose Your Inner Circle Wisely.
Having friends are important as you cannot live life alone. For interaction and social purposes, we all need friends and acquaintances but we must be intentional about who we allow into our inner circle. Your inner circle consists of your closest friends, people whom you are accountable to and sure that you are all faithful and very loyal to each other. Basically your cheerleaders on good days and your support system on bad days. Trust me, everyone needs friends like this.
3): Be Kind.
A little kindness here, a little kindness there, is what makes the world sustainable and a better place to be. Nobody is born unkind. Remember that always.
4) It’s Okay to Be Abnormal.
Now before you jump on me, take a chill pill😉 Truth is, society will always try to label you in one way or the other. They might call you weird, a freak, quirky and other abnormal terms. It’s okay to be Abnormal as long as You are You. Be real in every aspect and tune down the voices and opinions of what society says about you.
5) Family is Indeed Everything.
No matter how cliche this sounds, Family is everything. Your parents and siblings, there’s no way we can do without them. Quarantine really showed me how grateful I should be for my family. Be open to them as they are very particular about your growth. They have your best interests at heart too.
6) School is No Scam.
In our very woke world of today, Education is and still will remain the key. In living out your dreams, you need to be educated. Work towards achieving high grades in school and colleges. Please don’t stay comfortable with being an average student. You can achieve more!
7) Learning Has no Limit.
There’s this quote by Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you’ll know. The more that you’ll learn, the more places you’ll go.” Learning is as essential as living. Yes! Don’t stop learning. From parents, tutors, books, friends, and people who have achieved in life. Learn everyday.
8) Have Healthy Relationships.
An healthy relationship is one that’s built on trust, support and honesty. One devoid of malice, jealous, envy and every other toxic behaviors. In everything you do, run away from relationships that stresses you out and hinders your growth.
9) Be Positive Always.
Right from the moment you’re up in the morning till you hit the bed at night, always maintain positive vibes. It helps you see life from a different and better perspective. Smile always, speak affirmative statements to yourself, be kind to everyone and keep friends who only share your positive vibes. You know that phrase they say about bad energy? Yeah, let them stay very far away 😎😎
10) Adulthood is Not The Time to Enjoy Yourself.
This used to be me. Believing that the only time I can fully enjoy myself is when I finally blow 😅 How wrong! Start now people! Start enjoying life even from the little you have. Adulthood has much more plans for us, and life is too short to not enjoy.
11) Failure is a Part of Life.
Yeah! Read that again.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with failing. Failure makes us learn from our mistakes. Teaches us to become better. Be like the mythological Phoenix. Rise from your ashes and even if you burn again, rise again!
12) Don’t Rush Love.
As a teenager, love (with the opposite sex) is not the priority. Don’t rush into any relationship as it is almost certain that you’ll rush out. Learn to love yourself, work on your future goals and your dreams, be stable in your emotions, values and finance. Speaking on this might take a whole blog post so I digress.
13) Be Brave.
Be brave to face your fears. Of course, along the road, you’ll be afraid of trying new things, taking risks and even falling in love( as simple as that might be) Be brave to fight your demons. Demons in this context translates to envy, bitterness, jealousy, low self-esteem and other traits that will weigh you down on the journey of life.
14) Personal Development.
Don’t let your dream just be a “dream”, don’t spend time wishing away. Pack your suitcases, buckle your shoes(in my headmistress’ voice😂) and work towards achieving it. Those skills and talents you have, improve them. Those you want to learn, start now. Those habits you want to stop and you want to cultivate, start now! Be passionate about something that’ll help you immensely in the future.
15) Avoid External Validations.
This is so dear to my heart, because I believe learning this at our young age is going to go a long way in shaping us for the future. By all means, avoid thriving on the appraisals of people. Don’t lose sight of who you are to focus on what others say about you. There’ll be days when the road gets dark and everyone leaves, you’re all you have, well, asides God. The only thing that should matter to you is who God says you are. Believe His words and believe in yourself too.
16) Be Grateful.
For the little things, the big things and the things yet unseen, be grateful. For every single person that surrounds you, be grateful. For the haves and have-nots, remain grateful. You never realize how much blessed you really are.
17) Live! Love! Enjoy.
And Enjoy Life!
When the world gets too loud, when the stress makes you weak, remember to pause, take a deep breath and just enjoy living.
Phewwwww! I’ve said more than I intended but it’s all good.
Here’s to Learning
Basically to Growth.
Cheers to 17🥂🥂