1. You are beginning to know your goals.
You no longer ask yourself about what you really want to do in your life because you’re already fully aware of the visions that you have for the future. And you’re determined to make them happen. Your heart urges you to work hard until you reach your goals. You don’t let your struggles to discourage you in going after your dreams; rather, you keep your mind focused at where you’re heading.
2. You don’t let other people define who you are.
You ignore words from people who try to claim that they know you. No matter how many times they tell you what to do, you just smile at them, shrug, and proceed to doing what makes you happy. You’re too wild and young and carefree to be contained in a box. You know yourself all too well that you’re willing to turn around from anyone who tells you who you should be.
3. You’ve stopped comparing yourself to others.
At one point in your life, you realize how silly it is to measure yourself up against the people that you see in real life or on the internet. You’re learning that the direction you want to pursue is totally different from everyone else. You have a unique set of dreams that others won’t be able to understand and appreciate. You’re learning to concentrate the time that you have in making yourself better, rather than wasting the time that you have in comparing yourself to others.
4. You barely have insecurities in life.
You’re satisfied with the things that you have in life. You’re comfortable in your own world. And you love the body that is given to you. If there’s anything that you don’t like, you try your best to change it. If there’s something else that you want, you give your best to achieve it. Success isn’t going to be delivered in front of you in a silver platter. You have to earn what you wish for. You have to make an effort if you want to go far in life.
5. You understand the difference between long-term and short-term.
You think about your decisions more clearly and you always weigh your choices. You can tell which option adds value to your future and which one is only good for the moment. A lot of people in your age are so obsessed in seeking temporary happiness but you know better not to settle for something that quickly burns out. You know better not to be like them. You invest everything that you have in life only for things that will benefit you one day.
6. You spend your time with the best people.
You’re done interacting with people who only want to have fun but have no plans for their future. It’s crucial for you to align your path with people who have the same mindset that you have at the moment. You want to surround yourself with people who inspire you, challenge you, build you, and help you in your journey. You only mingle with the best ones because you know that you can’t achieve your life goals if you keep hanging out with the wrong ones.
7. You aren’t afraid to take risks.
You’d rather go home empty handed than not leave your home at all. You have learned that when you’re only just starting out, not everything has to be about winning. Sometimes it’s also about learning how to accept defeat and not be afraid to try again. It’s learning that sometimes it’s pointless to stay in the safe zone because the truth is, you really have nothing to lose, especially when you’re young.
8. You know what you deserve.
You walk away when people don’t take you seriously. You move on to some place where others appreciate you and take good care of you. No fear can hold you back from leaving because you know exactly what you deserve. You know how you should be treated. You know what is right for you and what you’re entitled to get in any kind of relationship.
9. You don’t hold on to the past anymore.
You’re letting go of everything that broke you before. You’re fully accepting the fact that the life you’re leading right now is the one that is meant for you. You’re no longer entertaining the what-ifs in your mind. You’re no longer wishing your life is different; instead, you’re embracing your present. You’re starting to believe that nothing comes easy and great things take time to arrive in your life. You’re learning to be patient and enjoy the world that is assigned to you.
10. You are a different person now.
You look back at where you were, who you were one year ago, and you notice how much you’ve changed. Your principles in life were different back then. Your aspirations have shifted to something more meaningful, something you know you will be proud of achieving one day.
You look back and you’ve forgiven yourself for everything that you have done wrong. You vow to yourself to become a better, more responsible version of you. Although you’ve made a terrible choice in the past, you’re trying your best to completely get over it, and know that it’s never too late to rise, and keep moving forward.