Do you ever stop and reflect on how far you've come and how much you've changed through the years? I do. I can remember how it felt to be 15 in high school wondering where I fit in. Who were my friends? Who was I? What kind of person did I want to be?
Sometimes I wonder what I would tell myself if I could go back in time. What advice would I give myself to avoid being hurt and to avoid hurting others? While I don't regret the decisions I've made I know I could have benefited from these life lessons.
1. Think before you speak.
You will put your foot in your mouth more times than you can remember.
Words can cut like a knife, be careful with how you use them.
2. People will doubt you, judge you, & want to see you fail.
Ignore them. They're unhappy with themselves, not you. Keep working
toward your goals and remember the skeptics & haters will only make you stronger.
They haven't seen anything yet!
3. Always be there for your friends, always.
There are certain events in your friends' lives that they need you.
Showers, weddings, funerals - do whatever you can to ensure you don't miss these events.
You have to be a friend to have a friend.
4. Spend time with Mom & Dad and respect them.
I know it might not seem "cool" to hang out with your parents but who cares.
Life is too short and they mean too much to miss opportunities to be with them.
This also goes for grandparents. Our time is far too short with them.
5. Grades aren't that important, go have some fun!
Once you get to college don't be so hard on yourself. Relax, go out with your friends
and enjoy making memories. Those will be some of the BEST years of your life!
What life lessons would you give yourself?