11 things I learned in 11th grade

  1. We are all more capable and extraordinary than we give ourselves credit for.
  2. You won’t see the results if you don’t put in the work.
  3. People notice you more than you think they do. They are watching you; your actions, your reactions, and your emotions. Always remember that when you think that nobody cares.
  4. Determination and grit are always more important than talent (I learned that from a book I recently read: Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven. A short read that will really get you thinking. It is written by a man of great wisdom and courage.)
  5. Complaining is exhausting. Learn to look at the bright side all of the time…it’s a much happier mindset to be in.
  6. We go through battles to be made stronger, wiser, and more resilient. We can be women and men of courage, but only if that courage is built up inside of us. “Picking daisies on top of the mountain never made anybody stronger.”
  7. Speaking of which, we don’t go through hard times just so that “we will appreciate the good times.” Trials hold so much more meaning than that. They are meant to mature us. We are not supposed to just go through those hard times, we are meant to grow through them.
  8. Friends are not forever. Friendships will grow and change as you grow and change. You must make real choices about whether or not your friendships are benefiting you. If the friendship is a benefit, nourish that relationship. If it’s not, figure out why and either fix it or find new people.
  9. People can only reach out and help you if you reach out and tell them that you need help. Humans are not mind readers, as much as sometimes we wish they were.
  10. Find a balance between living like there’s no tomorrow and making wise decisions for the future. Avoid living recklessly, but don’t forget to have a little fun. 🙂
  11. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 is a verse that applies always.

 

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