These are some things that I have learned along the way and wish I would have known.
*People are going to disappoint you a lot more than you could even imagine.
-Sometimes you expect too much out of someone because you would be willing to do that for them.
-Family is not what you thought of when you were younger. You think the world of your family and think they can do no wrong. You will see the true spirits of others when family members die, get jealous of each other, and they will not always want the best for you. You will learn who the true family members are within time.
-You will never understand why the world is so cruel. People are going to hurt others (other beings, children, and animals) and treat them worse than you could even imagine.
-You will have a major heart break before you meet Mr. Right. You think that with time things will eventually get better within time. They instead get worse. You are too scared to let go because he makes you believe that you are nothing of importance.The thing that hurts the most is that he has no problem looking you in the face and telling you lie after lie. It's not the fact of losing a long time boyfriend, but you don't understand how someone could hurt a person like that and have no feelings about it. You don't deserve the way he treats you and you will have a lot of time rebuilding yourself. Although you will stay in this relationship too long, you appreciate the small things in relationships, and you will learn what you don't want in a relationship. When your knight and shining armor comes along, he will give you love beyond words. He is the type of person that you want to be and he will appreciate that you are the happiest with the smallest things. If you may have never gone through this, you may have never met your stud muffin husband.
-Everyone will disappoint you once in a while (nobody is perfect, especially you), including friends, family, your husband and even yourself. You will just have to figure out who is worth the tears and who is not.
-You will never understand why certain people are dishonest. Many will sue each other and make a way in life for it (and it is something they shouldn't go after people for). These people you feel bad for because they are not happy with themselves and they believe that the only thing in life that will make them happy is money. Money can't buy you everything. With more people like this in the world, it makes everyone in life a little more cautious about what they do and how they do it. They take all the fun out of it for everyone.
-Many people in this world have no morals. They sin differently than you do, so although you may not agree with it, God will judge them; not you.
*Grow as a Person
-You will drop out of Spanish - twice. You will take American Sign Language instead. You will love it, but you forget it after you're done with the class. Try staying up with it because you're going to wish you had.
-Pay attention in history class. You're fascinated with it when you get older.
-Instead of focusing on boys when you're a teen, you should try new things. Boys won't matter as much, and you're experiences in life will.
-Read more. There are these things called books - you should open a few.
-Sit down and read the bible. Talk to God. Pray more.
-Listen more to what people tell you instead of listening to what you want to hear.
-Talk to more people than just people you know. You can learn a lot.
-Do you're body good and start eating healthy, because you will have to force yourself when you are older. Junk food does nothing good for your body.
-Try new things; experience life. After all, you won't live in same little town forever.
-Ask questions. Learn new things.
*Spend more time with true friends and family.
-They mean everything to you.
-Give everyone more hugs and kisses, as you may not know when they will leave this earth.
- Appreciate the time you have with family members too late. You can learn how to crochet from Grandma G., and have daily lunches with Grandma Z. You could have learned how to swim better because of Grandpa G and learned how to do one of those brain puzzles from Grandpa Z. You will miss not having them around to show you these things/be there for special parts in your life.
-Respect your parents more. They have lived life a little longer than you have, and they know what's up.
-Try to call friends a little more. When you're older, everyone has their own life which sometimes makes it difficult, but you want to be that type of friend that everyone relies on.
-Family is not always blood. It's those who know the true you and still would do anything for you.
-Your husband is everything that you want to be. He is the most incredible guy ever and words can't even describe how perfect he is for you. However, remember, he is not perfect. And neither are you for that matter.
-Your family is wonderful, and you will become much more of a homebody because you can't get enough of them.
-Your love for people and animals is your passion.
Focus on What's Important to You
-Those people that you spend so much time trying to impress, don't care about you. And you will learn that you don't care about them. Why would you want to be friends with others who bring you down?
-It's not important what others think of you, it's what you think of yourself. You don't need to wear the fancy clothes and try to fit in. Don't waste time trying to be someone you're not.
-Spend more time doing the things that you love.
-Enjoy every moment of now.
-Don't expect God to answer all of your prayers. Why? Because that's not his plan for you. He knows what's better for you.
-Don't take things for granted.
-The right one is worth the wait.
-Stick with your morals.
-Forgive more easily. People make mistakes, so do you.
-You are a beautiful person inside and outside. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
-Listen to your heart. If something tells you that it's not right, it probably isn't.
-Practice kindness, because maybe someday, you will make a difference.