1. Age doesn’t matter. When it comes down to it, age really doesn’t get in the way of true friendships, I can truly say that some of the best friends I have aren’t the same age as me. When you get past the age barrier you develop friendships that last a lifetime
2. Realize that time goes quickly. The time you have goes so quickly. Even if you aren’t quite in the perfect mood to do something, do it anyway. The memories will last a lifetime. Meet people, do things you’ve always wanted to (like climb a mountain ) and spend time with family and friends.
3. Don’t forget to tell people how much you care about them One of the biggest things that I have learned… is that you only have a certain amount of time with people, so make sure you actually let them know how much you care about them, after all, “Your words can make the difference”.
4.You don’t have to answer your phone immediately all the time. Something that I have learned is that it is amazing not to be tied to your phone all the time, texts are not meant for serious conversations, and a lot of emotion can get lost in translation. If you need to have a serious conversation, call or meet in person.
5.Know when to put your phone down. As much as social media gets a bad rap about being a distraction (it totally is), our phones are just as much of a problem. Being stuck on the screen, whether its reading notes, checking email or your calendar, or texting (all not social media) are things that take away from your presence.
6. Figure out how to be productive The best thing that I have learned this year is how to get work done. When you’re in high school, you have 7 hours of the day devoted to school, and each chunk of time is carved out for you. Outside of school, you have to learn how to get stuff done. You can take a task that would last a couple hours with distractions and knock it out in 30 minutes to 1 hour if you sit down productively.
7. Take the time to enjoy the simple things. Enjoy some classic movies! I know it may seem like a waste of time, but later on in life, you may not have the time to enjoy them. Or take the time to pick some flowers, or sit and talk with someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
8. Don’t be jealous of where someone else is. I see this all the time… God has you on a completely different path than the person right next to you and you wonder why you don’t have the same story. God has you on your own path, so you can use your story to glorify Him.
9. Listen to God. It makes everything so much easier if you listen to God. Ultimately, God has a plan and not matter what his will, will prevail. You can run around in circles fighting it or just listen to God. Check out my devotion I wrote for camp about listening to God, here.
10.Build your relationship with God. The absolute most important thing in this list. The peace that you have, knowing that God is on your side is something irreplaceable.