I figured since I won’t be 24 forever, I better start making note of the things that are important in life so I don’t forget to tell my kids one day. Because the things that are important to me now may not be so important to me in the future and vice versa. I guess this is also a way to remind myself of the things I should still be aware of. So to my future kids, this is what I say to you at 24 years old:
1. Don’t Judge Others
We’re all facing our own battles everyday. At this age we are exposed to all types of personalities because of our ability to explore the world around us. We’ve graduated college, we’ve gotten jobs (hopefully) and we’ve made new connections in the real world that we call our own. The best thing I can say when dealing with this is to never judge anyone. Whether it is someone you have just met or someone you have known your whole lifetime. It is better to be understanding and put yourself in that person’s shoes. Even if you do that, and still can’t grasp their point of view, stay humble anyway. Because you have no idea what goes on in that person’s head or why they tilt it down.
2. Don’t Take Advantage of Happy Hour
Happy hour doesn’t last forever. There’s only certain times that you can enjoy an extended period of half priced drinks and appetizers. If you’ve experienced happy hours like I have you’ll know that there aren’t many things that are up to par then 5 o’clock of Fridays. As much as we love happy hour and wish it lasted so much longer, it doesn’t. The same goes in life. Don’t take advantage of the good things if you don’t plan to keep it in moderation. Because when you’re young it seems like nothing else really matters. I’m still learning everyday where my priorities should be at and it’s hard not to wish that things were as easy as happy hour. But the best thing about realizing that you need to work hard to play hard, is what makes everything so much more rewardable.
3. Don’t Take Life Too Seriously
Everything in moderation is a smart and balanced way to live, but never take anything in this life too seriously because we only get one so we might as well make it the best we can. If things don’t go your way, figure out a better solution. If you aren’t where you want to be, just know that it’s for the best and better things are to come. If you find yourself stressed over things you need to accomplish or perhaps things you have messed up on, just laugh it off. You are your own worst enemy and the only one who can make things better at the same time.
My hope is that I’ll still be this positive 15 years from now. And even more importantly I wish my kids the same!
Life’s what you make it 🙂