My daughter recently started her freshman year of high school. It’s been one of the biggest blessings of my life to see her grow the past 15 years and I get a little sad when I realize I only have 4 years left to teach her all of the important things about life that I want her to know before she graduates high school and moves on to the next phase of her life. It’s bittersweet.
Here are my top 10 things I want my daughter to know before she leaves home, obviously there’s plenty more but I’ll start here for now.
- Be Kind. Be kind even when you don’t want to be. ALWAYS be the bigger person even when it’s incredibly hard. With that being said, never let someone make you their doormat.
- Your Happiness Rests In Your Own Hands. You should never rely on someone else to make you happy. Happiness is a choice that you make every single day and it will not always come easily.
- Always be honest. Be honest & faithful in small things and you can be trusted with big things.
- Put the phone down. Set your phone down sometimes or you’ll miss out on life and the people that love you.
- Facebook (or whatever you kids use) is not a diary. Never air your dirty laundry online. Employers and family members WILL see everything eventually.
- True beauty comes from the inside. Being kind, honest, and loving makes you instantly more beautiful.
- I want you to see the world. Whenever you have the chance to go, just go. Get out and see the world, take weekend car trips, hop on a plane. Go see other countries and learn about their cultures.
- How to clean the house, cook, and do laundry. This isn’t because I’m torturing you. It’s based only on the fact that I won’t be okay with you leaving home if I think you’re going to live on ramen noodles and instant oatmeal your entire life.
- Keep your faith. Just because someone believes something you don’t doesn’t mean that you’re wrong, stay strong and hold onto your faith. But do it lovingly, kindly, and be a shining example.
- Love Deeply. Don’t let anyone or anything that happens to you harden you so much that you’re unable to love with all of your heart. Love your family and your friends because they’ll always be there for you. Also, love those who are unlovable because they need love the most.