I would say over two years ago, I wrote a post to 16 year old me. It was a post that was hard to write and post because I that year was one of my harder teenage years. It felt good to get all of it out though, and hopefully helped at least one person. Since I did enjoy writing that letter, I thought it was about time to write another one, but this time it'll be to 18 year old me!
Well, you're officially an adult now! Kind of crazy, right? Growing up, being 18 just seemed so far off, and I know it doesn't quite feel real - it's real though! You are an adult, graduating high school, and moving onto college. Speaking of college, holy moly - you finally got in! I can't believe you waited until the very last minute to apply, but hey - you're in! What a birthday present, am I right? You are going to have so much fun in college though, and you better get comfortable because you'll be there for a good few years.
One thing I wish I would have known your age would be what I wanted to do. I know you think you know what you want to do, but it's not! The best advice I can give you is to not 100% listen to everyone else around you. There are a lot of opinions coming from family, friends, and teachers, but don't let that depict your future. Take the advice with a smile, but never forget to listen to your heart first. What is best for someone else isn't always best for you.
Unfortunately, it will take some time for you to understand that, and you will be going through some trial and error. You will learn a lot in this process though. You will learn things about yourself that you never knew, and you will learn things you will never forget. So even though you might be traveling down the wrong path, you will find the right one soon enough.
Thankfully, throughout this whole process, you will have an immense amount of support! Never be afraid to lean on your friends, family, and especially Michael because they are going to love you no matter what. This is an exciting time in your life, and everyone just wants to see you happy!
Just never stop smiling, being positive, and allowing yourself to be more open with others. Even though you are leaving your comfortable bubble of high school, college is going to be even better! People are going to come and go out of your life, but it's all for a reason. Love the ones close to your heart and be grateful to have so many amazing people around you!
Time flies, so enjoy every moment to the fullest! :)