18 things I’ve learned in 18 years


As I embark on a new chapter of my life I would like to share 18 things I’ve learned in my 18 years of existence.

1. Be yourself.

I believe that happiness starts within you. You are responsible for your own happiness so do more of what makes you happy. Be weird, laugh all you can and never depend your happiness on anyone but yourself. Trust me, it feels really good if you can be your 100% self. It’s your life, not theirs.

2. Patience is a virtue.

I know there are times that life just hits you hard and in those times you won’t know what to do and that’s okay. Always remember that the beginning is always the hardest eventually things will work out. Never give up no matter what happens. Great things take time 💛

3. Being honest doesn’t mean you say whatever you want, whenever you want. It means that what you choose to say is true.


4. Exercise.

My parents who are now runners always encourage me to wake up early every weekends just to do workout exercises and jog for atleast 30 minutes. Well for me this is quite hard since I really don’t like to wake up early on weekends. But how do I overcome this? I will just think of the positive effects of exercise such as mood booster, less chances of having an illness, stress reliever and etc.  Start now and your body will thank you for it.

5. Let go and let God.

You have to accept the fact that some things are worth letting go in order for you to grow and appreciate life even better. And God will handle the rest. Just trust His plan for you.

“Sometimes, God doesn’t give you what you want, not because you don’t deserve it, but because you deserve better.” -@Jesus_IG

6. Be confident.

I believe that in being confident you must love yourself first and know what you really stand for. Don’t let other people’s opinions define you.

7. Grab opportunities while you still can.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream. You never know where it can lead you. So go out there explore and don’t be afraid to try new things. You’ll discover more about yourself.

8. Create a bucket list.

It motivates you to work harder and strengthen your faith in achieving all those goals. After ticking one goal, you end up ticking more goals in your bucket list.

9. It’s okay not to have a lot of friends.

“Sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value.”

As I got older, I realized that it becomes less important to have a ton of friends and more important to have real ones.

10. Think POSITIVE.

My mom is the most optimistic person I’ve known. She greatly influenced me to become an optimistic person. Whenever I encounter just a small problem she immediately comforts me and throw me with lots of positive words. Sometimes, I don’t listen (sorry mom) but most of the time I choose to follow it because it really changes how things work. It goes from a difficult level to easy level real quick. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. Think like a proton!

11. The one who is stopping you is yourself.

When you start doubting yourself, remember those who believe in you.

12. It’s okay to be single.

God is still preparing you for “the one”. The right one will come in his perfect timing. Instead, focus on bettering yourself for now.

13. It’s OK to make mistakes.

That’s how you get wiser. Give yourself a break, and don’t give in to negativity! You’re getting there.

14. Learn how to save.

Make sure to feed your piggybanks with coins/cash everyday. Whether big or small amount, it still counts.

TIP: Open a bank account so that you won’t be tempted to buy unecessary things.

15. Everything in life is temporary.

So when things are going good, enjoy it. When things are going bad, take comfort on the fact that it won’t last long. Go with the flow.

16. Learn how to appreciate.

Always show appreciation. Be thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. Practice gratitude every day and your life will change forever.


17. Stay lowkey.

Not everyone needs to know everything about you. Leave people clueless and let them assume what they want. Set boundaries. It also keeps your soul peaceful and positive

18. I’m always a work in progress. 

These are the things that I truly believed in and will forever carry it with me as I enter a new chapter of my life. I still have yet to discover learning experiences and continue on shaping myself into a better person because you know what? Life does not get better. You do. You get better.

– Crewenna El 


Photos by: Bea Granada