By Skye - Her blog is Neathering Our Fest. You can read more about her here. You can find all posts by Skye here.
someone should write a manual:
how to embrace living and prosper in the good life.
it would include things like:
don't have a boyfriend/girlfriend until you are out of high school. you will miss out on too much and no one that young really understands relationships.
college just isn't for everyone no matter what they pound into your head in high school. some people go & some people don't and that doesn't make either of them better than the other.
if you do go: have lots of fun but but remember that when your old (i.e. 25+) employers only care about that magical piece of paper and not what social circle you were in or how many beers you could shotgun before passing out.
your 21st birthday isn't an excuse to act like a total idiot. but do it anyways. it is the only time it is socially acceptable to puke on the bartender as you ask for another shot "because it is your BIRTHDAY".
don't believe the myth that you have to "do it all" while you are young.. like travel and see the world and have a fancy car and all that. the doors to europe don't close when you turn 30 and you will have the rest of your life to enjoy that expensive car. live debt free as long as you can.
live with friends. live alone. live with your parents. don't live with your boyfriend if you can help it.
listen to your mom. hug her WAY more often and write down her spaghetti recipe.
these are all things i would go back and tell myself could i travel back in time ten years. okay - more than ten years. but i can't. and i kind of already did all this stuff so i can't change it. i can't go back and start embracing life and living it differently ten years ago.
but i can start today. and today seems as good of a day to start as any, right?
don't live in the past saying that you wish you had done this or that. somethings you can't change. but you can always change where your future takes you.
interview for that dream job even if you think you have a snowball's chance in hell of being considered. it's better to embrace life and go for it, right?
get off the couch and go for a walk today. i know you don't normally walk but today might be the day that you start walking every day, right?
go to that red carpet movie premiere in town just because it will be fun and you know you will regret it if you don't go.
take a deep breath and do the thing that haunts you. the thing you know you really want to do but it just scares the bejeesus out of you. your truest desires reside between you and God so put some faith in Him and yourself and embrace life.