While I was driving to work the other day and listening to the radio, I heard the radio host mention she had recently read an article in a magazine centered around one question:
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self?
I had to do a little reflecting on just what my mental state was at 16 and quickly concluded that unless it had to do with boys, or my sorority sisters, it pretty much didn’t make it to my radar screen. Deep, I know.
But, after a little more thought, here’s my short list:
- Appreciate the complexities of life — it’s what keeps it interesting
- Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in — others may be counting on you to speak up for them
- Say “I love you” often
- Smell the roses along the way
- Never miss an opportunity to say something kind (or offer to help) someone in need, but step lightly — their independence may be involved
- Worrying never solves anything — it just makes you tense
- Appreciate what you have
- Don’t complain about what you don’t
- Trust your heart
- Be courteous to and respectful of others — you know not what burdens they may carry
- Finally — smile! It’s a universal symbol — and quite contagious!
So, now the question now begs itself to you:
What advice would you give your 16-year-old self??