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11/5/2019 12:14:00 AM
Eighteen Years!

Madison Weaver
Teen Blogger



As of November 13, 2019 I will be an 18-year-old - a legal adult. It seems like yesterday I was just an 8-year-old with dreams as big as one could imagine. Just a few years ago I remember thinking it would be an eternity to get where I am now. Looking back, I feel like it all happened overnight.

Each year has been a blessing, some more so than others. Some years have taught me more than I will learn in a lifetime, and other years have left me longing for more.

In this addition of A Moment with Madison, I’d like to share 18 of the most important lessons I have learned throughout my life.



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  1. Faith first. Always!
  2. Gratitude. Accept the bad. Only then will you appreciate the good.
  3. Choose kindness. You will never be too important to be kind.
  4. Focus on your family. When nothing goes right, go to your family.
  5. Appreciate animals. Their life is lived through you.
  6. Be safe. You will never regret being safe about whatever you are doing.
  7. Work hard. Appreciation comes from hard work.
  8. Have patience. Nothing good ever happens when you rush.
  9. Learn to communicate. Not all good things come from silence.
  10. Act with integrity. Always do the right thing, no matter who's around.
  11. Listen more. Don’t get so caught up in making noise - observe.
  12. Love often. Even if it’s not returned.
  13. Become wise. One day someone will look up to you for advice.
  14. Stop worrying. If you have time to worry you have time to pray.
  15. Make time. You are never promised tomorrow.
  16. Tell the truth. Be known for honesty.
  17. Go early. Nothing is more disrespectful than being late.
  18. Pray. Without end.

In no way have these 18 lessons (or rules) made my life perfect, but I have learned they certainly make the days easier. I hope they aid in your life too.


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