Don’t regret spending an afternoon in bed, eating chips and watching tv, alone.
We all need our alone time and it doesn’t always have to be productive. If it matters to you, you’ll get to it when you need to. Just do you.
Play charades with your friends more often.
You’ll never learn more about each other then when you’re yelling obscene things at one another.
Don’t let anyone push you in a direction you don’t want to go in.
What you’re doing now, may not (and hopefully won’t be) where you are in 10 years. And that’s ok. Figure out your own path. Don’t let anyone assume the path you’ll take. Surprise them. Shock them.
The little details make all the difference.
Send thank you/hello cards to your friends and family through snail mail, bake a batch of cupcakes for your roommates, surprise a friend (or a stranger) with a cup of coffee. It’s the little details that people will remember the most.
Whether it is a new cooking style, a trip to another continent or conversatory down the road, take in every opportunity to explore around you.
It takes two.
Don’t put yourself through relationships (romantic, friendships, work, etc.) that are one sided. The other party (or parties) need to realize their responsibilites as well. If they aren’t putting the effort in, reflect on if the effort you’re making is really worth it.
It’s ok to say no.
You can say no to projects you don’t feel strongly about, say no to the low wage jobs, say no to the friends who want you to make something for ‘free’ because its good exposure (its another thing if you offer). At some point, no is a word that needs to become a strong part of your vocabulary.
Don’t let yourself get caught up in finances.
If you work hard, and remain true to yourself, the money will come. Treat yourself to those special trips, fancy coffees and expensive gifts. Just do so sparingly. It’s ok to enjoy your hard work once in a while.
Be true to yourself. As cliche as it sounds, no one knows you better than you. Make your own mistakes, and celebrate your successes. Those who truly believe in you will support you along the way.
The 6th issue of Passion8 Magazine