1) Eat protein in the morning — my adorable, loving, sweetheart of a boyfriend, Andrew
2) When your face is breaking out, change your pillowcase and get your hair away from your face! — my mom, who I’m sure has given me even better advice than that
3) Everyone has their day in the sunshine — Ms. Hagel, my high school English teacher
4) Not everyone has to like you, and you don’t have to like everyone — my dad
5) Get to know your professors and teachers, so if you ever need help or have an emergency, you’re more than just “that student” — Every book on college ever written, but they are so right!
6) When you’re really upset, ask yourself, will this matter in the light of eternity? — Rob, from Rob, Arnie and Dawn. And yes, I know they’re lame and ANDREW JUST SHUT UP ALREADY! Also: I need to take this advice more often.
7) When in doubt, squat it out — Me, when using any sort of restroom not in my own home or the home of someone I love.
Here’s the deal, friends: my 8th graders are rapidly approaching the end of the year. As part of their send off to the big world of high school, I am planning a little bit of a special day where I’ll give all 103 of them a handwritten note, blubber through reading Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and send them off with some good advice that they can use. So, I want to know: what’s the BEST advice you’ve ever gotten? What words of wisdom would you offer an exceptional group of 13-year-olds, who are embarking on the next phase of young adulthood? I want to know.
*This post was inspired by the lovely Holly of Nothing But Bonfires