Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Show and Tell Tuesday: Advice to My High School Self
Hi all! I'm linking up with Andrea over at Momfessionals for today's Show and Tell Tuesday. Link up and join us! Today's topic is all about advice you would give to your high school self, and I have a little bit of a twist. (For some background on what I looked like in high school, check out this post where I shared my most embarrassing photos.)
Most people look back on their high school days with horror and talk about how much they cherish their college life instead. I have the exact opposite feelings. I loved high school! I met some of my dearest friends and was a lot more willing to try new things and get out of my comfort zone. So today, I'm sharing advice FROM my high school self that I need to remember as an adult.
1. Be friendly.
I went to a small private school for 10 years and knew all of 3 people when I started at my high school of over 2,000 students. I graduated as my senior class' president. I didn't accomplish that by sitting silently in classes. I had to put myself out there and introduce myself to people. However, I think some people, especially teenagers, think they should only fit into one box or social group. It's okay to have friends that are older than you, younger than you, the same race as you, from a different cultural background than you, share the same religious or political beliefs as you, be on the complete opposite end of the spectrum of beliefs than you, have multiple shared interests, or just one shared passion. Diversity is the spice of life!
2. Be confident!
As I've gotten older, I've started caring too much about what others think about me, and I need to take a cue from my high school self. I wore neon sneakers, keys in my ears, and made purses out of cereal boxes covered in Astroturf. I didn't put on those outfits and then try to hide- I was proud of my creations and confident in my skin. I need to make it a point to wear and do what makes ME feel my best, not second-guessing how others may perceive me.
3. Take risks and do what you love.
In high school, I tried out for the high school musical (I didn't make it, but I can say that I got up and auditioned in front of 100 people who had way more experience than me.) Apparently singing wasn't my niche, but I ran for student council each year and found myself an officer each time. It's important for my kids to see me try new things, even if that means being uncomfortable for a little bit. By my junior year, I had more time in my schedule to sign up for courses that I was truly interested in. Was I 18 years old and in the same Art I class as my 15 year old brother? Yes. Did I develop a lifelong passion for painting? Yes! As an adult, I need to carve out more time for my hobbies, not only for stress-relief but also for my kids to see the benefits of following your passions and dreams.
What advice would you give your high school self? Leave me your advice in the comments below, and come back to see me on Thursday when I'm blogging the recipe for my kids' favorite banana muffins!