16 Things I Wish I Knew At 16

April 25, 2016

16 Things I Wish I Knew at 16

1.     My opinion of myself is always more important than anyone else’s opinion of me.2.     The adults in my life can only teach from what they learned; it’s up to me to decide if it’s right for me.

3.     Loving myself and being comfortable with who I am liberates me to love and accept others for who they are.

4.     Criticizing others for their failings is a failing.

5.     I have a right to get angry; I don’t have a right to get mean.

6.     Maturity is knowing others help me with my life, but I alone am responsible for the choices I make.

7.     If love turns to hate, it wasn’t love.

8.     I can only learn and grow if I feel safe enough and free enough to make mistakes.

9.     Courage is a gift I give myself.

10.   Prejudice confines and weakens me.

11.   There’s never a good enough reason for violence.

12.   As trust in myself grows, so does my comfort zone.

13.   Stillness isn’t boredom; it’s renewal.

14.   Giving really is better than receiving.

15.   Forgiveness takes practice.

16.   We’re all doing the best we can.

 

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