2 Oct 2016

4 Things I Wish I Knew As An 18 Year Old


Things I wish I knew as an 18 year old:

You don't have to go to university

When I was 17/18 the main focus from my teachers was to get us on to the university path and ultimately give us the best chance in life. For most people I'm sure going to university was the highlight of their youth and has steered them onto the right path when it comes to their career. But personally for me, going to university was a total nightmare. I went to university to study Internet Computing and when I look back at that choice now I just think "What on earth was I doing?" Computing was never a passion of mine and I wasn't even particularly good at it, but when in school I was encouraged to take it further and at that age I was definitely easily influenced and why on earth would I not listen to the people who (I thought) knew what was best for me? It wasn't too much of a shock to me when I dropped out after 6 months and went into the world of work. I'm not saying university was a waste of time because it taught me that it definitely wasn't for me, but I do believe I was misled and sort of pressured in to going. If I was to go back and start again I'd have definitely looked at the possibility of doing a media/journalism based degree as I've found that is where my passion/talents really lie.

Don't be shy about blogging

This is only something I've really started to embrace over the last year or so and I'm so glad I did. Since I started to write for Real Clobber in April last year, I've become really confident in myself and more specifically my writing whereas in the past I was really timid about sharing anything I'd ever written.
As with many people, my first 'blogging' experience came from Tumblr which I still use to this day just a lot more sporadically. I set my Tumblr up when I was 17 and even now I'm reluctant to let people know that I use it, even though it's where I get a lot of my influences from especially fashion.

I think my shyness stems from the fact that none of my friends or anybody I know really blogs so I didn't really have anybody to seek advice from or even talk about it. But in recent times I've managed to meet a lot of likeminded people who enjoy writing and this has given me the confidence to be a lot more open about what I do.

Money isn't everything

Don't get me wrong; money is important. But I've come to find that even though I'm making money, I'm not entirely happy and there's something missing. I currently work at Vivienne Westwood which is such an amazing company to work for and it pays pretty well for retail, but it doesn't engross me in the way that a potential writing or social media job would. Like I said, the money is pretty good and I'm comfortable when it comes to being able to treat myself and it's also allowed me to move out of my parents' home. The thing that is missing and the void that I whole heartedly need to fill is job satisfaction. 7 years on from being 18 I'm still learning that being happy is greater than working for the rat race just to put food on the table and it's definitely something I'm still working on.

Believe in yourself

I'm definitely not one to get all soppy and motivational, but there's been so many times where I've been told I'm not good enough or I've been undermined and I'm now at a stage in my life where I genuinely believe I think I know what's best for me and I know a lot more than I thought I did. Whether it be at work or in day to day life there's always going to be cynics who'll try to bring you down a peg or two and I've now learnt that a lot of these people tend to be selfish beings who're so self consumed they fail to see the good in others and try to stop others from progressing or even worse doing better than them. It's definitely healthy for you to want to be the best and do better than everybody around you but I've changed my mindset to just focus on what I'm doing while also encouraging others to be the best they can.

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