I’ve always been asked what I would have done differently in the past, and what advice I have for my younger sibling. So here are some things that I would like younger people to know:
1) You can’t please everyone. This one is very important. If we try so hard to cater to everyone, we often forget about ourselves, which can lead to heartaches later on.
2) Do what you know is right, not what others enforce on you. Peer pressure is a very scary phenomenon. Remember that all actions have consequences!
3) Stand up for yourself. If you don’t do it, no one else can help you.
4) Work hard, and actually do your homework. This should be a given, but I know how easy it is to get distracted. Keep a note of your goals, and achieve them. Progress is measured in baby steps!
5) Relax! Take breathers and don’t overwork yourself. Your body and mind will thank you later if you learn to sit and do nothing sometimes.
6) Do what you love! If you are a bookworm like me, take time out of your busy schedule to read a good novel or write a short poem.
7) Keep your temper cooled. Over the years, I’ve seen firsthand how being stubborn and getting into arguments often will bring all sorts of problems. When people argue and bring you in the middle, state your point in a cool manner and walk away.
8) Stop trying to be in control of everything. There’s an expression, “Let the cards fall as they will.” Collaboration will improve the quality of your work, and you’ll have a happier end result.
9) Exercise and eat healthier! I know potatoes are life, but try some other vegetables too. I’m sure you will get to love them.
10) Keep being that kind, caring, talented, and quick-witted individual that I know you are. Show the world who you are, and make all those dreams reality!