Looking Back: The Things I Wish I Knew At 18

Looking Back: The Things I Wish I Knew At 18

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Looking back, it’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since I graduated high school and turned eighteen. It sure doesn’t feel like five years have passed!

There are some days that I wish I could hit rewind and start over. Or just rewind all the way back to when I was a kid and worry-free.

I think that’s just a normal part of life; occasionally wishing for the simpler times in life. However, with age, comes wisdom.

The past five years have been full of change and growth. More than I would have ever imagined. If I had known then what I know now, maybe I would be a different person today. Or maybe not.

If somebody had told me when I was 18 that I would flunk out of college after only a semester, I would have laughed in their face. I thought I was so smart and so invincible.

If I had known that I would work in retail for four years before I finally decided to go back to school, maybe I would have done better and not flunked out.

If I had listened to my mother about the horrors of credit card debt, maybe I wouldn’t be struggling to pay off $6,000 worth of it now.

If I never moved to Birmingham for a year, maybe my life wouldn’t have been changed for the better.

Life is full of ifs and maybes.

The most important lesson I could have learned at eighteen is that it’s okay to make mistakes.  As long as you learn from them and don’t regret them. Decades from now, I don’t want to be looking back on my life and think of the things I regret, I want to think of the things I did.

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