19 Life Lessons I Learned at 19

August 8th was the first day of an entirely new decade in my life. The big 2 0. Twenty years old! That’s T W E N T Y years old! It seems unreal and almost like the end of an era. 19 was that awkward in-between year, kind of like 9, 12 or 17; the ages that come right before the more “monumental” ages (according to society and cultural norms that is).  In all actuality,  every age is “monumental” in its own right. Each age comes with its own challenges and in those, its own lessons! These are the ones I learned at 19:

Candid Birthday Photo (Ninas) 1. You can either let the day run you, or you can run the day.

2. It isn’t who you are that holds you back, but who you think you’re not.

3. Happiness isn’t measured according to your circumstance, but by your attitude towards your circumstance.

4. You are your own worst enemy.

5. Blessings can be disguised as burdens.

6. It is better to choose significance over prominence.

7. Comparison is the thief of contentment.

8. Say what you mean, and live what you say. Otherwise, say nothing.

9. If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t. 😛

10. The longer you spend doing the wrong thing, the longer it’ll take to get to the right thing.

11. No one can be better at being you, than you.

12. There is only one ultimate truth, but two ways to learn it; Experience or Listening

13. It’s okay to not have it all together all of the time!

 14. Growth is inevitable.

15. It’s the little things in life that matter (:

16. Sometimes, you get into periods in life in which you can’t be understood by others.

17. Old habits get increasingly harder to discontinue the older you get -.-

18. When you don’t have anyone to look up to, it might be because you’re that person for someone else.

19. For something that can be so hard to do, letting go is so freeing!

 Learned something in your 19th year that you didn’t see here? Please share your piece of wisdom with others below! 

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday! 🙂 Those are some awesome lessons! You are very wise! One thing I learned when I was 19 was to push myself out of my comfort zone, that I am the most responsible when it comes to making myself happy, and that things may not go as planned but that they will be okay! I hope you have an awesome 20th year! 🙂

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  2. Happy belated birthday! WOW!! 20 years old and you are wiser than a lot of people I have met that are well into their 30’s and 40’s. I remember when I was 19 (29 now) and I had a breakthrough of self discovery and how I could be the best me. These are great lessons that everyone learns (hopefully) at some point. You are blessed to have learned this at such a precious age. Great post!

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  3. Happy Belated Birthday!!! I turned 62 on August 3rd. I can’t remember when I was 19 LOL, but I can say that if you have learned these lessons at 19, hold on to them because they will carry you far in life and keep you from many mistakes.

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  4. I relate to 7 so much! Growing up I was always compared to my other siblings by my dad and still now today. I got over it when I started going to college because I realized he was only doing it because he was insecure about himself and pushed it on all his kids.

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  5. In my 19th year I went into the Air Force. It wasn’t a bad decision but it’s the one I thought was best. Oh if I could go back I would have done college first. There’s no need to rush.

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  6. Happy belated birthday! For someone turning 20 you certainly have learned many many great life lessons. I’m sure it’s taken some folks much longer to reach where you have now, continue to be the wise person that you are! it seems that you know yourself well and honestly that’s probably a lifelong lesson that is ever-evolving.

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  7. Gosh, 19 feels so long ago. I think one of the things I learned is that broken hearts heal But they don’t heal faster just by trying to fill them with empty flirtations. Love everything you wrote- so many great life lessons!

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  8. Happy (late) Birthday! Such a great list of life lessons. I could especially relate to your comment about blessings being disguised as burdens. Looking back over the years, there were some dark seasons, but when I look at what’s come of them, I realize they truly were blessings in disguise. Things always have a way of working out better than we ever could have expected. x

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    • Thank you!! & Exactly! Just to imagine who we would be today had we not gone through stressful and trying seasons can make us so much more appreciative of those times, both in the past and in the future.

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  9. Happy birthday Courtney. My birthday will be on the 16th of August. I don’t know you personally but I would love to say I am proud of who you have become based on these life lessons you have learned at such a tender age. God bless you dear.

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  10. Belated Happy Birthday to you!! It is nice that you’ve learned about the life lessons in your life. It’s good that you have learned in life on that age of 19. Life is co challenging. You are beautiful inspiration for the teenagers.

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