Precious young girl, can I have a minute or two of your time? Would you turn off your cellphone and close your Facebook or Instagram for a sec? Maybe you think I am too old to understand. But believe me, sometimes I feel like I am closer to your age than I do my own. What I see in front of me is a life that is valuable and worth more than you can possibly know today. You are smart, beautiful and powerful beyond you can imagine. Right now, right at this very moment.. I urge you to stop and listen because I care. Because I once was..like you.
Precious young girl, you are smart now but will your future self think so? I sure hope not. I want you to look back and see the better version of yourself. Today you think that your plans are mapped out completely. You know what to do, don’t you? Go to college, get a part-time job, leave home, have a place of your own where you can be just yourself.. away from your family. And maybe you are more intelligent than your seniors but they owe your respect.. simply for bringing you up in this world!
Passion is ‘just’ an icing.. understand that everything is a process. Results won’t happen overnight and you must dedicate (here’s a heavier word: DISCIPLINE) yourself to something if you’re going to get good at it.
Choose your friends wisely. They will either lift you up or drag you down. I used to think back then that I (always) have a choice to say ‘No’ I realized that it is always easier to say ‘No’ to bad company first than it is to peer pressure. Surround yourself with people who can add value to who you are. Your friends are the extension of yourself.
Majority is not always true. The right thing is.
Don’t look for someone to complete you. You should be whole. Think of a glass overflowing that you need another glass to pour the water over in.
Genuine friends vs convenient friends. Overtime, you will be able to know where each one of your peers fall into. And it is okay. You can never have too many friends. That is not quite possible!
Be yourself is not the real deal. You are more than what you can imagine! God has a plan for you. Much bigger than you have ever thought. Much brighter than what you can ever imagine!
Love your parents and your grandparents. And show them!
Be inspired and Inspire. It’s not enough that you draw strength from others. You pass it on to keep the fire growing.
Share and care genuinely. It is your privilege to give.
Do not be afraid to ask.
Pay what you owe. To every cent. Save up early.
It’s okay to fail. We all fall short but here’s the thing- you should consider something a failure only if you can’t possibly recover from it. For everything else, you should consider it to be a learning opportunity.
Do not be a faceless nobody among a crowd. It is okay to be different.
Do not burn bridges. HOWEVER…
You need to do pruning occasionally. Ever wonder why we need to wash clothes, clean the house, wash the dishes, hibernate? Shed? Cut our hairs and nails, shave? It’s ok to cut loose on some relationships especially if it is turning to be non-beneficial for both parties. Find your peace in decluttering.
Life’s greatest lesson isn’t experience. It is even much wiser (and less painful) to learn from others’ mistakes than it is to go through it by yourself.
Listen to your calling. Knowing there is a “high calling” is what will sustain and fulfill you.
As Ophrah Winfrey once put, ‘If I knew then what I know now, I would never have wasted even a single minute doubting my path. It may be human nature to question and doubt, but the older I get, the less I worry about anything. I can see life unfolding in divine order. And even in times of the greatest turmoil, I can stop, get still, and see with utter clarity: This, too, shall pass.’
Because everything always does. So no matter what you are going through. High hopes or low expectations, know this: TODAY IS YOURS. Yes. You Only Live Once! So better make sure you live your life in full. Beautiful. Precious. Just. Like. You.