Okay, confession time! Secretly, I’d love to be an advice columnist (especially for teens), you know like Steve Carell in Dan in Real Life. Um, LOOOVE that movie BTW!! Life advice is just so darn beautiful, don’t ya think?! How could you not take it (i.e. advice) in and (at least) reflect on it a bit? I guess the one thing I’ve always believed in…is to take the advice of others or to at least listen to what people had to say. We’re all beautifully different so why not open your ears, open your heart, and open your eyes to what could be?
I’m the first person to admit that I’m not perfect (shocking, I know!), but come on, perfection is so overrated… I’ve learned the best stuff (yeah, stuff) from my oopsies. I mean, haven’t you? Being both a swim coach and a writer (visiting schools and interacting with kids), I’m often asked by parents/teachers to sound off advice (i.e. advice that exceeds swimming and writing). Alright, so here we go.
Teeny-boppers, this one’s for you!!
#1- Believe in yourself. Believe that you’re capable of greatness all on your own.
#2- You don’t need anyone else to make you happy. Happiness blossoms from within. The aftermath of contentment is self-confidence. Self-confidence breeds friendships.
#3- Alcohol is not the answer. You can be fun and fabulous without the added edge.
#4- When dating, don’t squeeze yourself into an unrealistic mold that looks nothing like you. Stay true to you!
#5- Target your dreams and never lose sight of your goals until you hit the bulls-eye. Never count the fallen arrows, instead, use them as a road map to your final destination.
#6- Link your head to your mouth and your mouth to your heart: Speak with wisdom and courage.
#7- Indulge in kindness (it’s free!)!!
#8- Technology is the way of the world, but never forget your roots- to get outside and lavish in the sunshine.
#9- Belittle is to Be little- never stoop to that level! It’s just not nice.
#10- There’s no ugly-pretty, only pretty ugly, and I equate ugliness to unkindness. Put your best foot forward and your best face forward because HELLO, you’re beautiful!
GOT ANY ADVICE FOR TEENS? I’D LOVE TO HEAR IT!! XOXO