Hi, Lovelies,
Due to the fact of me turning 18 in a day, I wanted to make an article of life lessons, I have been taught/learned through out my life. So I decided to share these with you guys.

1. Love Yourself:

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Learn to love yourself, you can spread your love to many people, but loving yourself is the most important thing of all, treat yourself to a spa day. Give yourself positive thoughts, never think negative about yourself.

2. Take advice from those important to you:

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Anybody can give you handfuls of advice, it's just like throwing rice. You choose which advice you take. I personally take advice from my dad. He is someone that is there for me, and his advice has helped me, over come tough situations, and helped me grow. The person or people you trust will always give you the right advice.

3. Friends:

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We all have friends from the time we start our first days of school, to growing up. But, sometimes friendships don't last, and that's okay. Some friendships have a really strong bond. You stay friends until you grow old. Always choose friends that make you laugh and have a life of adventure together. Some that you can have a shoulder to cry on, and have late phone calls with. Never become friends with someone that disrespects you, or that isn't there for you.

4. Family:

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We all have family. Some families have really strong bonds, and some don't. That's perfectly okay. In a family, there will be issues. There will be tears, and there will be smiles. No family is perfect. Every family is different in their own ways.

5. Relationships:

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In relationships, it doesn't involve one but the other partner, to agree. In every relationship, there has to be communication. Relationships aren't just about dating, and having feelings for the person you care dearly about. It's about building relationships with others. Relationships involve getting through thick and thin together, and overcoming everything bad in their ways, to grow stronger.

6. Education:

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Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." We have always been taught that education is important. Which it is, our brains are given so much research and information about our past. Everywhere we go, we will gain new knowledge, that will make us grow. We are all in this living earth, to make it better. Everyone is educated differently, yet we all embrace our knowledge in many different ways.

7. Work:

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The work force is an expansion of possibilities. Some of is have a degree, while some of us, automatically go into the work force after high school. Either is wrong. When it comes to work, you have to enjoy what you do. You can't go to work, all mad because it's something you don't like. There will always be job opportunities. For those with a degree, some of get jobs automatically, some of us have to hunt to find a job. You have to be willing to do the job. You have to work to get those dreams.

8. Exercise:

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When people think of exercise, they think about diets, and not eating anything you enjoy. But when you exercise never think about it being too difficult or, that you don't have the time. Sure we all have busy days in our daily schedules, but even 5 minutes, running on the treadmill, or just simply give up something, like soda, or sugary candy. You will start to see a change and feel good about yourself. John Adams said, "Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order."

9. Travel

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I'm a person that loves to travel, since I turned the age of 3, I was off to Mexico. In life you must travel to different places, to see the world differently from different surrounding, to look at a different culture, at different people, to see the ocean differently, even though, it is the same ocean. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." -St Agustine

10. Risks

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Muhammad Ali once said, "He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Everyone should take risks. I'm a risk taker, I have risked my life from another kid getting bullied. I have risked the opportunity of getting rejected by a girl. I have risked being judged for coming out as a lesbian. If you don't take these risks, you won't feel like you accomplished anything. Risks are experiences that you will gain and that will teach you about life and yourself.

11. Change

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A change its always bad. A change can seem bad, but it can turn out to be the best thing in your life. The most simple change from dying your hair, to getting a tattoo/piercing. A change brings any person to do new things, they never thought they would do in their life. "I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination." -Jimmy Dean

12. Body

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Every single body is different, from curves, to butt, to boobs. Everyone is born different, from plus size to size 0. Every women and man has flaws, we have to embrace those flaws, me for example; I'm a thick girl. I have stretch marks from weight gain and weight loss. I'm 4'4 or 4'5, and yes I'm short for an 18 year old, but none of these things stop me from loving my body, and taking care of myself. "You are imperfect. Permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful." -Amy Bloom
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13. Perfection No one is perfect. We all make mistakes. We all get better at the mistakes we make. We improve, to make things excellent. There will never be a perfect person, because ever single one of us makes a mistake from the smallest mistake to the biggest one yet. "I always find beauty in things that are odd & imperfect- they are much more interesting." -Marc Jacobs

14. Worry

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Why do we worry? Everyone every single day is worried about something. But, why worry so much about the outcome. Worrying won't solve any of the issues coming your way. You will only get more worried. Whatever happens, happens. "A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work." -John Lubbock

15. Sexuality

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Everyone is their own sexuality. From straight, bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender. There are many more sexuality out there in the world. I for a fact, am a lesbian. I love women. Which I'm not ashamed to say. No one should be ashamed to say their sexuality, it's all naturally in us. "Sex is something you do. Sexuality is something you are." -Anna Freud

16. Creation

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When we create something we see this beautiful idea in our heads, but that creation can turn into destruction. We keep trying, until we find it in ourselves to keep going, until we achieve that beautiful creation. "Every act of creation is first an act of destruction." -Pablo Picasso

17. Happiness

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Everyone deserves to be happy, to have a smile on their face. To be in a good mood, the smallest thing can crack a smile on my face. I choose the right people that being me happiness. "The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go." -Dodinsky.

18. Aging

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We will all grow old, but its how we treated people, the way they are going to treat us, when we become old. No one should be ashamed of getting old, and getting gray hair, because in the end, it's the cycle of life. "Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been." -David Bowie.

Xoxo-
Gabby