It's time for school to begin. A new year lies ahead and it will be full. Full of the adventures, triumphs, memories and experiences you choose to engage in. I have some advice for you since I am further down the road and can look back fondly at the child I was. Here are 10 things I want you to remember:
- Don't be afraid to make mistakes. The most important lessons I have learned came from the mistakes I made. Pack a big eraser, keep practicing until you master whatever the lesson might be.
- Make friends with everyone. Be kind to everyone and they will respond to your sweetness, your compassion, your helping hands, and your sense of humor.
- Have courage. Take advantage of every opportunity to try something new. Take sensible risks. Enjoy all experiences that come your way.
- Discover your passions. Find the things you love to do and don't let anyone stop you from pursuing your passions.
- Have faith. Know that you have all you need to succeed inside of you already. If you are kind, safe and doing your best you are already successful. Believe that you are right where you are supposed to be in life and that you possess the talent that will take you where you want to go.
- Speak up for yourself and "the underdogs". When someone is in trouble or being picked on, stand up for what is the right thing.
- Be in nature. Everyday you should go out and experience the beauty of the natural world.
- Find time for silence and reflection. Everyday should contain sometine when you can be alone with your thoughts. Time spent with yourself is valuable to your inner peace.
- Be grateful. Appreciate the people and the experiences around you. Be thankful even when you are having a tough time or something seems unfair. You create a positive atmosphere by being grateful.
- Never doubt that you are loved. Enough said.
Your older self