Seven things I learned before turning sixteen:
1. Mothers don’t always understand. They don’t always know the right things to say or when to hug you. But they’ll be damned if they tell you “I don’t know.” They always have something to say, even if it’s not the right thing.
2. Kindness is rare, so don’t take it for granted. Smile, hold a door open, ask how someone’s day is, because you never know if that’s the only act of kindness they get to experience.
3. Walks are necessary. They help clear your mind and ease the soul. Even if you don’t like nature, you see the beauty in the changes. The way the leaves fall to the ground like fallen souls and the way they wait their turn to thrive again is something that will always be lovely.
4. Sleep is heavenly. It’s not something that is scheduled or waited on. It is available at anytime, and it can change your mood completely. If you’re happy, sleep. If you’re sad, sleep. But don’t depend on a dream to make things perfect. There is always the good in the bad.
5. Love is needed. You’ve got to love something to make it through the day. Whether that be the sunrise, the color of the sky, a pet, a book, a friend, or even the smell of blueberry muffins, you have to love something. You have to love yourself, too. This takes time, but it isn’t impossible.
6. Pain is temporary. Even the most heart wrenching of times will slowly pass, and you will piece yourself together again. You are your strength, and you are your savior.
7. Your body is a temple. It is built specifically for you and for your needs. Do not destroy the only temple that you have because you think it is not beautiful. Love your body because it is your own. Because it is the one thing that cannot be taken from you.