1. Liking Math is cool.
Being a universal language and all, I loved maths from the get go despite my initial language barriers. It just made sense to me, even though I couldn’t communicate with anyone in the class room. As I got older and developed a ‘personality’, being good at math and being popular were two mutually exclusive events. But, after googling ‘why is math so important’ for the purpose of this blog post, I discovered that we live in a mathematically driven world, and to understand math means to understand the world we live in better.
2. Your problems aren’t real.
Let’s face it, if you are encountering a problem at the age of 18 and below, it is not a real problem. And you know how we deal with ‘not real problems’. We don’t. We just live our happy little young lives. So don’t stress about stuff that is not going to matter in 5 years’ time baby girl.
3. Dream BIG.
Don’t be afraid to have be ambitious. Write down all of your goals, no matter how big or small. Then set plans in action to follow those goals. Don’t let anyone make you believe that your dream is too big, ever heard of the quote ‘If your dream doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough’? You can make anything happen, and no better way than to start from young.
4. Choose your friends wisely.
They say that you are a combination of the 5 people you hang around with. For your own sake you should make sure those people are quality. Being young means your emotions and hormones are high, so it’s hard sometimes to see if someone is doing you wrong, trust me I know. But, for your own personal growth make sure you analyse each and every individual and see what they are bringing to you. What are you learning from them? Are they making your life experience any more enjoyable?
5. Don’t waste time with boys!
I for one did think that if some Tom, Dick or Harry was chatting to me then of course I must have been popping. But it’s not true. I wasn’t popping, and tom dick and harry were just bored. You have your whole life to spend time with the opposite sex. Don’t spend the years where you are supposed to be investing in yourself and your mind on some rat. Tell Jerome bye.
6. Don’t try to fit in.
Your super power is being you. The reason why the world is so beautiful is because everyone is different. When I was younger, I hated that my name was different and weird, so much so that I changed my name and asked everyone to call me a more socially acceptable one. I was uncomfortable with the name my parents had given me but what I failed to see was that I was special because of it. Being different makes you unique.
7. Speak your mind. Have an opinion.
The most powerful thing is your voice, don’t let anyone dim your light. Having the courage and power to speak out and challenge what you don’t agree with is so sexy. Read lots of books and be informed on topics you have haze over. Keep educating everyone around you unapologetically.
8. It’s ok to make mistakes.
Growing up and learning is all about making mistakes. Going through hard times is what makes us individuals, coming out the end of it a stronger person than before is what builds our character. Try new things, go to dance classes, learn a new language, listen to some new genres and if you don’t like them, that’s ok. Life is a collection of experiences, the good experiences become lifelong memories.
9. Listen to your mum (parents)
As you get older, many things become much clearer. Like why the evil characters in films are the way they are, or why we can’t always have Nutella on toast (this was a devastating realisation for me also). But, the one thing that is clearer than all is that mum was right when she told me I didn’t need to wear so much make up, or when she shouted ‘That skirt is way too short’.
10. DON’T TOUCH YOUR EYEBROWS.
That one doesn’t need an explanation.