My little cousin is graduating high school and even and managed to sneak in a few college credits along the way. I’m so proud of her. But the big question is what now?That’s what everybody’s asking, right? Some of us have grand ideas and some have no clue… aaand some of us are stuck in the middle. School is only the beginning of our entire life. But at 17 or 18 who knows what “life” entails? Jada Pinkett-Smith broke it down for us on her Facebook page and said “life is about preparing ourselves to overcome the inevitable challenges in order to create the lives we desire.” At this point in my life, that pretty much sums it up.
So, here are some things I’ve learned about life since high school:
- Whether you go to college or not, you still have to work your butt off to be successful. Persistence will get you almost anything eventually.
- Keep moving forward. The state of indecision is sometimes worse than making a wrong decision; at least wrong decision can point you in the right direction.
- Listen and learn from others around you. It’s okay to ask for advice.
- Life gets hard sometimes, but it’s worth fighting for. Live by what you trust, not by what you fear.
- High school is not the best time of your life… you’ll have better moments and bigger adventures.
- Think about what you want. Write it down. And say it aloud… like, all the time. Once it’s engrained in you, you’ll find yourself getting closer and closer to your goals without even noticing it.
- Being unwilling to forgive is like drinking poison expecting the other person to die. Forgive your friends, your enemies, and yourself. We’re all human… I think. LOL.
- I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it. Humbly accept the things you cannot change. Have courage and grace when changing the things you can. And be patient and knowledgeable to recognize the difference.
- “Life is full of surprises. Just say “never” and you’ll see.” – Emery Styron
- Life is so much simpler when you tell the truth. When you face things head on, it leaves little room for them to bite you in the *cough*… well, you know.