Good morning! How has your week been so far? Mine has been busy but going well so I will not complain. As we are nearing the graduation season I was thinking back on my own graduation and the advice that I was given when I “went out into the world.” I thought it would be interesting to make a short list of things that I was told or would advise myself to the future graduate.
10 Pieces of Advice for the Future Graduate or 10 Suggestions for a Happy Life:
1. Save money for your retirement, start with your first paycheck and remember to ALWAYS pay yourself first. The economy has had its ups and downs, more often than not you will not be working in a job that pays you a pension or a “golden parachute” so you need to rely on yourself. The earlier that you start the better off you will be. Hand in hand with this nugget is stay out of debt, you never want to live above your means and get into debt, having a nest egg will help you should you loose your job or have another finical disaster.
2. Never ever stop learning. Just because you graduated doesn’t mean that you know everything there is to know about the world, people, and life so continue to learn new things, languages, history, etc. Not only will it enrich your mind but your life as well.
3. Travel, as much as you can and wherever you can. While doing so step outside your comfort zone and experience things that are new to you, try new food, speak to the locals, go off the “beatin’ path.” Do it while you are young and have the most time, this doesn’t mean that you stop traveling as you age but it means that as you age and have families and jobs your time is more limited.
4. Love yourself just the way you are, right now because I promise you that you will look back in 20-30 years or more and wonder why you thought you were fat, not pretty enough, or smart enough or just enough!
5. Stay healthy. Your health is vital, your body is your temple; if you do not take care of yourself no one will do it for you. Eat well 80% of time time and splurge 20%. Stay away from drugs and cigarettes, don’t go to the tanning salon, get regular check-ups, see the dentist and exercise everyday.
6. Family is your rock, they share your history, and will be with you through good times and bad. Life is full of ups and downs, good and bad; (believe you me there will be some of both). That is what life is all about and it is always nice to know that you have your family to help celebrate the good and pick up the pieces of the bad.
7. Collect memories not things. Enough said.
8. Respect yourself, your time, your beliefs, and your faith because if you don’t ,you will allow others around you to trample on you and them. Learn to say no.
9. Set goals. Then get up and get moving to achieve them whatever they may be, traveling the world, climbing Mt. Everest, buying a house, moving to Paris, etc. Never be afraid to ask for what you want in life, open your mouth, share your ideas and seek what you want and the people that will help you get it.
10. Life is about the little things, find joy in everyday life. Moments will be what you remember; time spent with family, a walk with a loved one, a special meal prepared by a friend, a cup of cocoa on a snow day with your grandmother, baking the day away with your mom, frolicking in the rain with your kids, and so many other little moments that will shape your life, love and happiness.
These are a few of the things I was told oh so many years ago or that I would tell a future graduate. What about you? Any nuggets of advice to share?
Have a great day!