Friday, August 3, 2007

My 18 year old self, eh?

The talented and lovely Natalia wants to know what I would say to my 18 year old self. She thinks that The Queen is anything like me at 18 and that couldn't be further from the truth (at least I think so). She's got so much more going on than I did and her head is right on straight. Does she have issues? Sure. I'm her mother. I know I cause issues. And let's not forget PDB who didn't even call her on her birthday (again). You remember how I hate him, right? She deserves so much better. Trust me when I say my daughter is so amazing. You've no idea.

However, if I could talk to my 18 year old self and knock some sense into me, this is what I would say:

1. Stay in school. It's worth it.
2. No, you don't love him and he doesn't love you. It takes a lot more maturity than you currently possess to know what love is.
3. When you're truly, madly, deeply in love - you'll know.
4. Dedicate your energies right now to learning and living.
5. Never turn down a chance to travel.
6. Never turn away from opportunities without fully considering them.
7. Find a mentor. Maintain that relationship for as long as you can.
8. Become a mentor. You do have skills that are valuable and someone will thank you for it.
9. Live with passion
10. Follow your dream.
11. Your inner voice is always worth listening to. Especially when it says RUN!


Tal said...

Fabulous post Lisa. Those are words to live by at any age I think!

janiece said...

Good advice at any age!