Things that we should all teach our children:
1. You are the company you keep. If someone is nice to you but is mean to their parents, their teachers, or the awkward kid at school, one of two things will likely happen:
- Everyone will think you’re also like them and, therefore, you look like an asshole.
- They’re going to treat you the same way eventually.
2. Learn to make at least one thing for every meal of the day. It could be scrambled eggs or a sandwich or baked chicken, but whatever it is, make it good, make it easy, and make sure you know how to feed yourself.
3. The body you were given is the only body you have. That means you should treat it with respect and not just by eating healthy and working out. We should be teaching them to love their gangly arms, girly calves, or pouchy stomach. No matter what shape, these bodies do more for us than we give them credit.
4. You choose your religion, your friends, your profession, and your lifestyle. You do not choose your gender, sexual orientation, or race. We all house the same emotions, fears, doubts, and triumphs. The inequalities between us are created by us, and only we have the power to eliminate them.
5. The world is both beautiful and terrifying. Choose your view.
6. Don’t listen to anyone who says that your teenage years are the best years of your life. They’re not. The best years of your life are the ones that you choose to make the best, and they’ll probably happen when you’re all grown up.
7. People will leave, people will die, people will drift away. It is okay to mourn the loss of them, it is okay to miss them, it is okay to keep them with you. It’s also okay to fight for them. Anyone who tells you to “let it go” before you’re ready to is leading you down an unsatisfying path.
8. When your parents or a teacher try to talk to you about sex and they tell you to wait, don’t roll your eyes. Wait until you’re ready, but remember that every time you have sex it changes you in some way. Make sure it’s worth it.
9. Crying is a natural and beautiful reaction. Treat it with the same love and applause as you would laughing.
10. Have fun. This world is big enough for all of us, all of our dreams, all of our mistakes, and all of our little pieces. Don’t hold them back; you will find your place naturally.