The 8 things I’ve learned during my 17 years of life so far

Hi readers,

Since the title basically explains this post, let’s begin!

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#1. Quit Facebook.

Facebook is definitely one of my guilty pleasures. It’s convenient and fun, yes, but it really doesn’t help. And despite what your instincts tell you, you don’t need it. Who cares whether the obnoxiously pretty, mean, popular girl in school looks good in her new duckface selfie or not? In fact, I’m going to quit right now.

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#2. Don’t keep trying to compete with the people around you; compete with yourself.

I was always a competitive person. Sometimes competition is good. In elementary school, I remember getting a nosebleed while doing long-distance running during a P.E. class because I was trying to outrun all the boys. I remember it as a proud moment. I tried my very, very best to prove to myself that I was just as fast as the boys, and I actually did outrun some of them. However, sometimes my competitiveness can get the best of me. For me, it used to be really nerve-wrecking when the kid next to me was studying something that I hadn’t yet looked over, or if the guy on the opposing team in a debate round sitting across me had more research papers on his table. But honestly, looking back at myself, it’s a stupid thing to do. It just made me more upset and panicky every time, until my nerves eventually got out of control and caused me to break down again and again. Now I know that the best way to complete a task at hand, whether it’s test preparation or getting ready for a street dance contest, is to just focus on yourself and cater to your own needs, not struggle to keep up with the other kids, because that won’t get you anywhere.

#3. Pain is in your head.

I’m mildly lactose-intolerant, and I love cereal, so yes, I know what pain feels like(almost). The most terrible thing that could happen to me at school is probably me needing to go to the toilet during class because the big bowl of milk I drank in the morning is churning all around my insides. It’s not only embarrassing to have to interrupt class because of your personal intestinal situation, it also  hurts in a way that makes you want to rip all your hair out and roll over on the floor. In the past, I used to start panicking and getting the sweats whenever I felt even a slight jiggle in my stomach. But through my 17 years of coping with my lactose-intolerance, I’ve learned that if I pretend that everything is fine, it actually is and will be fine. The brain can be tricked into thinking that the physical body is fine, and therefore getting rid of the pain. It was actually proved scientifically, so it’s legit, guys!

#4. Never quit school.

I’ve been attending super competitive, top-class  prep schools since middle school, and I know exactly how it feels to be squashed under a mound of excellent, bright kids who are smart and competitive. It’s tough, it really is, especially when you used to be the smartest kid around in primary school and suddenly you drop down to the bottom of the pile. I’ve wanted to change schools many, many times. Why didn’t I? Because I realized that it wouldn’t make any difference. These are the kids that I’m going to have to deal with in society, and I might as well start toughening up now. I just try to cope with my situation. This is all going to amount to something bigger one day(hopefully. maybe. maybe not).

Young  attractive women wishing cookies

#5. Don’t diet.

EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I try to diet, and I just end up eating more than I used to eat and gaining weight, not the other way around. I know that I will start eating a lot again tomorrow, so why go through the agony of trying to starve to look thinner? Besides, who cares if I don’t look like Miranda Kerr? I’m totally attractive the way I am(no.)

#6. Don’t plan out every single teenie-tiny detail of the day.

Come on, I know I’m not gonna do all these things at the right scheduled time. It’s just going to stress me out and make me feel worthless at the end of the day. I now just make a simple list of things to achieve, and try to work those into my day without stressing about being 10 minutes late for my ‘study Literature and have dinner at the same time’.

Watching TV

#7. Turn off the TV.

A lot of teens my age seem to worship their TV sets, but I’ve never really been obsessed with television. But the thing is, when someone in the same room as me picks up the remote control and turns the TV on, you can’t help but sit and watch with them. It’s really hard to finish writing that business email with a turned-on TV in the room.  It’s like the TV is sucking all the energy and attention from the room.  It makes me waste time and feel stupid afterwards. Moreover, my personal opinion is that the television is going to die out soon. We have iPads, super-slim laptops, tablet pcs, Samsung Galaxy Note, etc. There are so many devices that are out there in the electronics market(or still being developed at this very moment) that we can watch videos on. Unlike the television, which requires you to abide by broadcasting schedules, the internet has billions of versions of what you’re trying to watch. You can watch the content at any time you please, at any place you want, and you can even skip some parts if it gets boring. Plus, the best thing is that you can watch your stuff individually so that YOU DON’T INTERRUPT THE WHOLE ROOM BY TURNING ON THE TV.

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#8. Avoid applying makeup unless it’s for a special occasion.

Not only does it ruin your natural complexion, but makeup can really make you look like you’re trying too hard sometimes. I’ve learned that it doesn’t necessarily improve my looks. Having makeup on can actually make you look less appealing than you would look without it. And if I’m gonna have to be judged because of my appearance, I want people to judge me based on how I really look. Plus, I think it’s a huge waste of time, energy, and money to spend on trying(and rarely succeeding) to look good. But keep in mind that I’m not AGAINST makeup. I just think we could all benefit from not overdoing it every day.

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Image Credits:

http://www.radioclash.com/archives/2012/10/24/we-are-not-your-friends-facebooks-promote-scam/

http://startempathy.org/blog/2012/07/why-regularly-abled-students-are-competing-spots-special-ed-classrooms

http://livelighter.org/elimination-diet-woes/

http://bobdemoss.com/2009/12/12/why-i-dont-watch-tv-reason-437/

http://drprem.com/beauty/4-winter-beauty-mistakes-to-avoid/

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9 responses to “The 8 things I’ve learned during my 17 years of life so far

  1. This post reminds me of me.
    The fact that you have learned these in only 7 years is awesome. Its taken me 30 to do that. Facebook freaking sucks, people pretend that its actual contact and you think you know people, but you dont. I always worry about what other people are doing and why, and I hate it. I read far to deep into shit! I write a makeup blog, but I go out without it most of the time.. and I also had a stomach issue, that I had to kill with my brain. I try to teach my son that his brain is so powerful, and if he calms down he will feel better.

    This was a great post!

    • Hi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this post! Yes, I totally agree with everything you said.. By the way I think your makeup blog is amazing! : ) Thanks so much for stopping by. It’s really nice to know that someone understands.
      Have a great day!!

  2. Loved this. Especially the bit about make up. I’m twice your age and have only ever worn make up for special occasions and it has done my skin a lot of good. Plus, when I do get done up people think – wow! Well, maybe not ‘wow’ but they appreciate the difference. Also about the TV – it is so full of nonsense and more influential than people will ever know.

    • That’s great! : D I like it that when I get all dressed up and pampered, I actually look different from how I would look on a typical day.
      Yes, I agree that the quality of TV content is getting lower. It’s all about grabbing people’s attention and pursuing profit, and sometimes this causes TV programs to have low moral standards or excessively explicit/violent content etc…
      Thanks for stopping by : ) I hope you enjoy the rest of my blog too!

  3. Yes, i completely agree with #no8 no make-up. I unfortunately learnt that the hard way. I started wearing a full face of make-up when i was 18, i am 21 now, and i regret it. My skin was perfectly alright, now i’m taking steps to revert the damage of 2 years excessive damage

    • Since your skin was alright before, I’m sure you’ll be able to heal it back to its original state! Whenever I wear makeup for a long period of time, my skin breaks out and looks worse than it would have if I hadn’t worn the makeup. I think it’s harder for me to get good skin right now because I’m still a teenager and my hormones are out of control. : (

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