Friday, August 14, 2015

18 Things I've Done Before I Turned 18

Hi guys!
I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate my birthday! It's actually my birthday today, and I'm at Disneyland, but I wanted to get this up for you! This post is going to be 18 things I've done before I turned 18. Some of these things are happy, some are sad, some are boring, but all of them have helped shape me into the person I am today! Let's get started (these aren't in any particular order!)

  1. I traveled by myself. Sure, it was a short mini trip to Portland, but I loved being able to meet new people and do things that I like without the safety net of family or friends with me. 
  2. I found my dream hobby! I found blogging and youtubing which is something that I am extremely passionate about! Very few people can say that they've found their passion at such a young age!
  3. I got a brother and sister!
  4. I allowed myself to hurt (emotionally). With the unexpected end to my cheerleading "career", I've dealt with some issues. I allowed myself to feel like a failure, be depressed, and hurt deeply and violently. Then I picked up the pieces and started to get my shit together. 
  5. I allowed myself to hurt (physically). I've gone through some of the worse pain in life and lived to tell the tale. I've dislocated my shoulder and sublaxed it on a few occasions, had surgery on said shoulder, and had needles jabbed into my neck and hands/arms... Not fun. 
  6. I got my first job! Sure, retail isn't my favorite thing in the world, but I was able to save money, buy whatever I wanted without a second thought, and become more financially independent than I was before. 
  7. I survived tuberculosis! Haha not really. But I was exposed to it when I was an infant, and had to take many rounds of antibiotics to kill it. Fun Fact: on those arm tests, I always test positive. Another fun fact: when you can't get those arm tests, they make you get chest xrays...
  8. I graduated! I think that all educated people take their education for granted, but I don't. I graduated high school before I turned 18 and I thoroughly realize all the resources, time, and effort needed for me to accomplish this!
  9. I found my squad. I have found a group of people that care for me and love me. I've realized the traits that I find most appealing in my friends and I have found an amazing squad that makes me a better person by just being around them. 
  10. I learned another language. I got to the point where I'm pretty decent at spanish. I'm definitely not fluent in it, and if I'm reading I might not know some words, and if I'm speaking I might conjugate wrong. But I know enough spanish to communicate effectively, and I think that's pretty great!
  11. I've failed. Looking back on high school, I never made it on to the Varsity Cheerleading squad or Symphony Orchestra, and I failed my AP Euro test. These things seemed like such big deals at the time, but failure has only made me stronger and more driven. 
  12. I've grown close with family. I think that the first 18 years of your life are the hardest because you live in such close proximity to your family and you're a dependent. There are definitely some issues that come along with that, but I've gotten to a point where I'm close with most of my family and I'm on good terms with everyone. 
  13. I've learned. I've taken some strange classes in high school (biotechnology, glass blowing, yoga...) but by trying everything, I've learned what I like and don't like and what will make me happy in the future. 
  14. I enrolled in college. I found a college that I love, that I can afford, and that will help me *hopefully* help me get a degree that will get me my dream job. 
  15. I found what I like! I'm not a huge partier, and I'm sure that this doesn't come as a shock to any of you! I found that I prefer dinner parties or just smaller gatherings with close friends rather than major ragers, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that! 
  16. I made meaningful relationships. Kind of goes along with the squad post (#9), but I have found ways to make really good relationships with amazing people. Sometimes this is online through blog/youtube things, sometimes it's offline with teachers or co-workers, but nonetheless, these are the things I love and cherish. 
  17. I stopped comparing. The world is becoming increasingly more digital, but I've stopped comparing my life to anyone else's. I try to live in the moment as much as possible, and I know that what I'm doing is just as valuable as what anyone else is. 
  18. I've grown. I'm not going to say that I've grown up, but I do think that I've matured quite a bit. After I stopped cheerleading, I really started to take responsibility for my health, education, and life in general. I've actually been told on many occasions that "I'm such an adult" by friends :P
I'm sorry this post was so long, but I felt like I needed to explain some of these points! If you read the entire thing, thank you! And let me know what you think of it in the comments! My birthday is today (8/14) actually, and I'm in California at Disneyland, so I haven't been posting much! To see more of my trip, follow me on Snapchat at misssienna because I've been posting mucho!

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