Monday, June 13, 2016

Birthday Recap: 17 Things I've Learned in 17 Years

Hey guys, it's Ruth! As some of you may know, yesterday was my 17th birthday! Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes; I am SO blessed. A full hour-by-hour birthday recap is in order, but tonight, I just want to share little tidbits of knowledge that I've learned in my 17 years of life.

1. "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven..." (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There is a time for mourning, a time for jubilee, a time for work, and a time for play, but never forget to make time for yourself. #treatyoself #parksandrec

2. Do not be afraid to speak truth and educate those around you! Ignorance is not bliss. Your voice can drastically change someone else's outlook on life.

3. You don't have to know the answer to everything...and that's ok. Faith is sufficient.

4. Do not feel obligated to respond to the stupidity of others. Sometimes, the best thing to do is walk away. If you do decide to respond though, that comeback better be fire...

5."Head down, prayers up, and do work." - Gina Rodriguez

6. Contrary to popular belief, "recklessness" and "fun" are not synonymous with each other. For those of you entering high school, remember this before you attend that party...

7. Find your strengths and hone them. 

8. Learn to work in groups. They're horrible, I know, but group work is present everywhere - from the classroom to the workplace. Make the best out of it.

9. Do not let anyone or anything deter you from achieving your goals. Focus. 

10. Try not to overthink things - especially if they are beyond your control. It only causes unnecessary stress. (@ me)

11. Never be afraid to ask questions. Regardless of the ridicule you may face for being inquisitive, it shows that you're thinking analytically - which is good.

12. Try to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while! Meet new people, try new foods, take on a new hobby, travel to a foreign country, etc.

13. No matter what you do or don't do, not everyone is going to like you. And you will definitely come across some people that you just don't "vibe" with. It's OK! Ask yourself this question: do you really want to spend your life scrambling for the approval of others? #doyoubooboo

14. Don't put effort into those who don't put effort into you. Don't be so quick to call someone a "friend". Certain responsibilities are attached to that title...

15. Please, for the love of God, do not make dating in high school your priority. You were put in school to get this thing called an "education". Get your diploma and get out of there unscathed.

16. In reference to #15, avoid drama at all costs.

17. Be blunt. Be genuine. Be you. In the words of Annalise Keating (played by the phenomenal Viola Davis), "I am who I am. If you don't like it, I don't care." #HTGAWM

I hope you guys were somewhat entertained by this post and learned something along the way! Any good advice you'd like to share with me? Let me know in the comments below! Don't forget to follow me on social media: instagram | tumblr |pinterest | twitter | snapchat: brainsandburb

- Ruth