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Just move on, I told her. Today, she is 17. Later, it will be her 18th birthday—the day that marks the transition of a young teenager into womanhood. Don't be nervous, I said, when the clock strikes 12, you are going to be the best person you can ever be.

Let go of any feeling you have for him, I told her. Secretly hoping to get back together with your ex-boyfriend is just a silly attempt to live in the irretrievable past. A relationship works two-way; if you're the only one left holding on, let go. It will just be a waste of time.

Secretly hoping to get back together with your ex-boyfriend is just a silly attempt to live in the irretrievable past.

Let go of your friends from the past, I told her. Friends who betrayed you over and over are just baggage. The memories you created together and the secrets you know about each other are not measures of your friendship. If you feel like they hinder you from being successful and from becoming who you are, then it's time to let go.

Let go of the rebel in you, I told her. It's about time you adapt the level of thinking that adults around us always force on us teenagers. If at multiple times it seems to you like your parents never support you, look at things from their perspective. The reason why we don't understand our parents is only because we choose not to. Assume the best in people. Let go of all your resentment towards anybody you know. Live with a light heart and an optimistic attitude especially towards your own family. They only deserve love and sincerity from you, nothing else.

The reason why we don't understand our parents is only because we choose not to. Assume the best in people. Let go of all your resentment towards anybody you know.

Let go of the immature you. Let go of anything that wears you out, I told her. Destroy your bad habits and form a new one. 

Let go of your laziness, I told her. Stop procrastinating all the time as if you deserve all that time. Get into a new hobby, read a good book, learn to play a sport, get involved with arts and music. There are tons of things that will keep you busy and that you can be passionate about.

Let go of your fears and your weaknesses, I told her. I personally believe that every single human being in this world is unique in their own way. Find the things you are good at and start finding your passions from there. Nothing could ever go wrong in trying.

Let go of any negative emotions, I told her. When you're happy, laugh. When you finish a project, when you meet your friends, and when you eat your favorite food, smile because you have good things. Don't cry over something worthless. Failed in an exam? Do better next time. Got no money in your pocket? Buy the thing next time. People picking on you? Ignore them as if they don't exist. Don't cry every single time you're hurt. I know it's tiring. Rather, learn to live with a bit of both happiness and pain.

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Don't cry every single time you're hurt. I know it's tiring. Rather, learn to live with a bit of both happiness and pain.

Above all else, let go of your self-doubt and insecurities and start being the confident and new, authentic you. We do not have to be the same as everybody. We can be unique in every single dimension of ourselves—the clothes we wear, the things we eat, the behavior we have towards people. We can be who we want to be, not because we want to impress the people around us, but because we choose to ignore the critiques who take pleasure in shaming us. So enjoy the freedom of choosing who you want to be best friends with, feel the sensation of loving the man that brings out the best in you, and ignite the fire inside you that inspires you to fulfill your passions and your dreams.

Her hazy, pitiful eyes suddenly mirrored the excitement I felt.The party is going to start soon. I took one last glance and smiled at my own reflection and then I left. I knew I was going to be okay.

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