A friend from high school asked me last week “What advice would you give your 16 year old self?”. After attending our 30th Reunion with her today, here’s my reply…
If I could go back and give my 16 year old self some advice, I would say:
Love. Don’t let your fear of loss keep you from loving
Pray. God will always have your back. Praise & thank him through your circumstance.
Write. Your passion is writing.You are good at it. Make your living writing.
Spirit: You are most happy when you are spiritually & emotionally grounded. Use Yoga & meditation to ground yourself.
Alone. Walk your own path even if you walk it alone most of the time.
Happy hour. Don’t go every Friday night. It will eventually lead to trouble & is a big waste of time.
Drums: Buy a Djembe Drum & bang the shit out of it.
Money: It’s good to be comfortable but you are & always will be a minimalist in all aspects of life.
Intuition: Trust your God given instincts & intuition.
Intellegence: Apply yourself & use your God given intelligence.
College: Stay in Philadelphia Textiles(now Philly U) & finish your degree & go right for a Masters Degree. When you finally finish your BS at 40 years old, you’ll wish you had more time to keep going.
Breathe: You will make yourself sick by not breathing and stressing too much.
Relax: Take the pressure off of yourself.
Belonging: Belong to yourself first. Remember, you are just fine the way you are & do not shrink to fit into any crowd.
Let Go. Let go of anything that no longer serves you or grows you. Leave behind anything or anyone who attempts to hold you back or bully you into following them.
Move: Take the job in NYC when you are 29. You’ll regret turning it down.
Passion: Live, write, love. Pursue life passionately and don’t be afraid to fail.
HeLp: Ask for help when you need it.
Talk: Do not internalize your ferlings.
SBA: Thank your single Mother for struggling to send you to a private all girls high school. The girls you will meet there will become your life long friends.
There’s more… but, I’ll stop here.
Oh yeah, BUY Google and Apple stock at the IPO😉
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