14. Fortune really does favor the bold. There are a lot of scary things out there but if you face your fears, sometimes good things will happen.
15. Make a daily to-do list and stick with it. I get the biggest kick crossing things off in my planner- seriously. I usually dance when that happens.
16. Make amends with your body. Growing up, I had an eating disorder that I didn’t address until my early twenties. Before then, I hated everything about my body- its limbs, the color of my skin, how huge my boobs and feet were (and still are). It took forever to realize that my body is damn fantastic. I don’t look like a supermodel and I never will but I have features that others would kill for. It was time to stop hating everything I saw in the mirror and quit starving myself. Besides, life is too short to skip French fries.
17. Volunteer. It is something that gives me incredible joy, whether its playing with shelter animals or helping a elderly woman with a craft project. If every person on the planet reached out to another, even just for 15 minutes of their day, I’m sure the world would be a billion times better.
18. Cheaters never prosper. Don’t cheat in school or on your boyfriend. NEVER.
19. Physical things don’t matter. I was evicted from an apartment a few years ago and lost everything I thought was important to me. But I eventually learned that those things that I thought mattered down. I have everything that I need (okay, everything I need is usually in my pursue which I keep close to my side in case of a robbery or fire. Oh, my cell phone…).
20. Art is life. I like to end my day with doing something creative. Blogging. Coloring. Knitting something fuzzy. It give me time to relax and get out of my head while making something pretty to hang on my bedroom walls. I’m sure that it drives my current roommates nuts, me hermitting in my bedroom with my music cranked up high but I don’t care. I do it to keep myself sane.
21. Be a good friend. This is something I still have trouble with. I recently went through a health scare and my self-absorbed self wanted to do nothing but cry in the corner about the pains shooting through my body. It was then when my friend, Melissa, texted me as if she knew something was wrong. She came and picked me up, took me to the doctor (and paid for the visit), listened to my prognosis and held my hand the entire time. I am truly grateful for her love at that time and moments before. I hope that one day, I could not be so selfish and truly be there for a friend someday.
22. Don’t pick at your zits. You’re right, Mom. That really does leave scars.
23. Be truly sorry when you tell someone that you are or your words will come back and bit you in the bum.
24. It is totally okay to be different. I was labeled ‘weird’ ever since I could remember. I was the girl with the boy haircut, the fat kid, the goth one who caked on eyeliner and bright red lipstick- the ‘dyke,’ the ‘heifer,’ the ‘Oreo’. As hurtful as some labels were, I’m happy that I remained true to myself. I relish in the fact that I’m a individual and that I’m always true to myself. (We geeks are much more interesting, anyway.)
25. Every once in a while, remind yourself that you’re awesome/ smart/ sexy/ funny/ pretty/ amazing. You really do deserve that good pick me up and maybe some Ben and Jerry’s.
26. Every day is worth it. Things may not turn how you want them one day to but it’s your choice to deal with it and move on. Remember that the sun rises the next day and life does go on- embrace it and use that time to reflect and go outside and play with your buds.