One week away from writing my final blog of the year, it's weird to look back and realize how fast time has gone. How much you have learned, realizing what you have lost. As a intro to my finale, today I wanted to discuss the topic of growing up.
" The hardest part of growing up, is letting go of what you were used to; and moving on with something your not" -anonymous.
Over the course of 8 months, you learn a lot about yourself, and learn a lot about others around you. For the first time being on your own, you learn what works and what doesn't. How to manage your time. When to study and when to play. You also learn how to create relationships and deal with the problems they bring. "As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones". What we learn about ourselves and what we learn from others can transform our own ideology and beliefs. Growing up also isn't about just the outside aspect, but the inside transformation you go through as well. Its about taking that step from immaturity towards maturity.
I am the first one to admit, I have my immature moments, but I also realize those faults and apologize when needed. Part of growing up is making tough decisions. Decisions that may not always sit well with others, but you know lead to a better future. Advice I can give, is that people will be mad at you. They will be unhappy and some may not be understanding. But those who do understand, who look for a brighter future, a shining outcome, those are the ones who really matter. The ones who are willing to work to fix a problem. To talk about the difficulties. To share the grievances. They are the mature ones, the ones worth fighting for. From personal experience, you may loose friends. Someone might call you names, someone may even say they hate you. For what reasons, I cannot tell you. There there may not be one. For whatever reason may appear, control what you can control. It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. Don't listen to what they say. Their negativity can not change who you are. What there is to look forward to and what's going to happen in the future. Only you can control that.
I want to end with one of the most memorable lines my mom has ever said to me. "Everything happens for a reason. Just be you and let things take care of themselves." As I sit here writing this, with the sun shining through my room, the white clouds scattering the blue sky, I realize that I am only 19. I have an entire life ahead of me. A life full of new adventures and new experiences. I life shining bright ahead.