eighteen quote

I hate the way you talk time.
And the way you cut your hair.
I hate the way you drive my car,
I hate it when you stare.
I hate your big dumb combat boots
And the way you read my mind.
I hate you so much it makes me sick,
It even makes me rhyme.

I hate it… I hate the way you’re always right,
I hate it when you lie.
I hate it when you make me laugh,
Even worse when you make me cry.

I hate it when you’re not around,
And the fact you didn’t call.
But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate you,
Not even close,
Not even a little bit,
Not even at all

—  10 things i hate about you

we were all late nights, long talks,
our hearts so full of everything we
thought it would kill us someday
but we never broke, only grew.

we were missed curfews, tired eyes
drinking in sunrises, coasting
80 miles an hour down the back roads
going anywhere but home.

we were lipstick stains on
each other’s collarbones. no matter
how much it hurt, we were
always coming back for more.

we were endless summer, baby,
all heat and ache and want. we were
stars so bright they hurt your eyes,
so bright you couldn’t look away.

we were beautiful. we were young.
we loved each other breathlessly, deathlessly.
we had the whole damn world clenched
in our fists. we never let anything go.

—  A Love Letter to Seventeen on my Eighteenth Birthday by Auriel Haack
In my 18 years I have learned to never settle for second best.
To embrace my stretch marks. Embrace my scars.
I have learned to flow freely but still be hot to the touch. I have learned to fight until I get what I deserve.
I have learned to keep my promises.
I have learned to work hard.
I have learned that it’s okay to laugh and it’s just as fine to cry.
I have learned that education is important but it is not everything.
I have learned that opinions are important but they are not everything.
I have learned to look inside people, to love and be loved
To smolder and smoke but still ignite when needed.
I’ve learned to be angry but always forgive. I’ve learned to forgive but to never forget.
I’ve learned to eat ice cream. Take pictures. Give thanks.
I’ve learned to go on walks. Talk loud. Dance boldly.
I’ve learned to be kind not only to others, but myself.
And I’ve learned to be kind to every walk of life I see.
In my 18 years I’ve learned to expand
because I deserve every good thing that I have. That I have had. That I ever will have. I’ve learned how to adventure and I’ve learned how to learn. And in that discovery, I’ve learned how to live.
—  18
-L.S.
Will you remember this? During the passionate and painful time of our 18th year, because you were there, we were able to become this, and so I was able to cheer up. Because you were here, I was able to look at myself, and that is why I was able to do better. I’ll probably continue to fall again. Because I’m not used to this, I’ll probably make mistakes, get hurt, and cry. Even so, I won’t regret it. We did everything in our ability to be happy today.
—  Kang Yeon Doo (Sassy Go Go/ Cheer Up)

Live for yourself.
We’re young and dumb and who the hell knows what they’re doing at this age?
Who the hell can define love at eighteen?
Yeah, you loved him and he loved you.
But sometimes good things end.
And maybe, just maybe something spectacular will come from it.
Let it go. Let it be.
We don’t know anything about love at eighteen.
Nobody knows the answer to anything that matters.
We all don’t know.
We don’t know anything.
Why let your life revolve around someone who left you?
They aren’t the ones who determine the life you live.
Live for yourself.

You’re the one who has to look yourself in the mirror every morning.
What do you want to see?
A weak girl with bags under her eyes from crying herself to sleep the night before or a beautiful vibrant girl that he can't have anymore.
You can’t let him have you anymore.
Because you’re not his anymore.
YOU ARE YOURS.
And you are going to live for yourself.

—  S.D.