Substance and Soul

24 things in 24 years

Samantha WetterholmComment

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Occasionally I get to reminiscing about my life and what I’ve come to find {I like call myself an old soul}. I thought I’d share a few tidbits I’ve learned and what I think is truly important in life.

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What a ham. Those were much simpler days.

24 Things I’ve Learned in 24 Years 

This is for all you teens and young adults out there.

1. Listen to your parents - they are probably right {especially your mother when she tells you she’s been there}. 
2. Appreciate every nap. There will come a time when you wish you had the time for one.
3. Quality over quantity. This applies to friends, food, fun, and life. 
4. Gossip is the worst. Don’t get in the habit of spreading it. 
5. Say Please and Thank you - just have manners. Practice now and you’ll go far. 
6. Learn to love learning. If you love it as a child, carry it through adulthood. You’ll spend a lot of time {and money} in school and you might as well enjoy it. 
7. Stand up for your beliefs and stand up for the little guy. 
8. Never use racism, sexism, or prejudice in jokes. It’s never funny. 
9. Play sports and spend time outside. It makes it easier to be an active adult. 
10. Enjoy your free time. There will come a day when you don’t have much of it. 
11. Go to bed early. 
12. Read more and read often.
13. Whether you are a boy or girl: learn to do laundry, make pasta, jump start a car, read the instruction manual, and throw a ball. 
14. Send thank you notes. 
15. It’s not the end of the world - no matter how devastating it seems at the time.
16. Say I Love You - it means more than you think.
17. Look people in the eye when you speak to them.
18. Put your phone away. There will be a time when you miss family dinners and spending time with your loved ones. 
19. Don’t feel bad about having a specific identity or not having a specific identity. We are always discovering ourselves.
20. Dating is fun but is not the only thing in the world. Don’t spend too much time worrying about it. 
21. Treat others with respect. Period.
22. Enjoy healthy food now. Get in the habit of craving fruits and veggies over candy and chips. You won’t always have a fast metabolism. 
23. Always call your parents for help if you need it. They would rather you call them to pick you up than you doing something stupid to cover it up. 
24. Be true to yourself.

What have you learned over the years? What would you tell your younger self?

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