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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
18 things to remember when you're 18
On September 30th, 2014, my daughter turned 18 years old. What an amazing milestone she has reached and I will save all the “it seems like only yesterday, when…”cliches you’ve heard them all… even though they still apply.
Instead, I thought I would offer this quick reference guide for the savvy young adult entering into a new phase of life. These are (mostly) my thoughts, not borrowed from somewhere else_though if they were -profound enough that would be ok too. Enjoy.
1. Life is a precious gift. Don’t squander it on people or pursuits that don’t make you happy.
2. Travel. It will give you life perspective and help you understand people.
3. Don’t marry anyone before age 30. Live, love, travel. If you meet the love of your life, they will be there waiting for you at age 30.
4, Trust your instincts, they are rarely wrong.
5. Keep an open mind. You’ll be amazed at how full and rich your life will be.
6. Maintain a good sense of humor. No one likes a grumpy puss.
7. Listen before you speak. Don’t just wait for others to stop talking before you start.
8. Your family in life will be defined by the people who stand by your side when they could have looked (and ran!) the other way.
9. You are important and you matter. Vote.
10. No one loves you more than God. Its true. When all feels lost, he is there to help you find your way.
11. Do kind things for strangers. What you get back is immeasurable.
12. Doing something you love is far more important than making a bunch of money.
13. Never stop drawing, it promotes neuro-elasticity in your brain and enhances critical thinking. You'll need that to out-think the dimwits.
14. Take care of your body. Its the only one you’re going to get.
15. Your family loves you. Remember that during the tough times.
16. Don't be too quick to judge others. Remember how much it sucks when it happens to you.
17. Put the technology down and go outside. The sun is good for you and flowers smell good.
18. Everything in moderation. Including moderation. Lets face it, sometimes you gotta just cut loose.