19 Life Lessons I Learned Before I Turned 19

Today, I turned 19.

There’s still definitely a lot I don’t know, but I’ve learned a lot over the last nineteen years of my life. Here are some of the best lessons I’ve learned.

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Growing Up White

Now, at eighteen years old, I’m still trying to figure out where that leaves me. I’m not white. But I don’t feel Latina, either. I toe the line between two ethnicities and don’t feel entirely comfortable in either.

Thoughts After High School: Humans Are Messy and Complex

I’ve changed over the past year. They probably have, too. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that people aren’t just one thing. Very rarely is anyone completely good or completely bad, but it’s tempting to think that people who treat you bad are evil. But that’s just not true. Good people can do bad things; bad people can do good things. Bad people can also have bad things done to them. Both can exist at the same time.