That Bittersweet Taste of High-School Lessons

When life gives you lemons, I am realizing there's a whole lot of sense in making lemonade. 

From the lemonade moments in life, then, I've been doing some list making. 
After reflecting on high-school so far (which I talk more about in two posts you can see by clicking here and here), I've written the following with the sweet and sour tang still lingering on my taste-buds.

Those Bittersweet Lessons

1. Life's often not as hard as you're making it.

2. People are always just people, and it's not worth stressing over their acceptance or approval. 
Everyone's "weird" in their own beautifully unique way.

3. Stop thinking.  Seriously.  Nobody's thinking about you as much as you are, anyway.

4. Choose to laugh instead of cry.

5. Lighten up.  What your facing still isn't going to be there on your wedding day, honey bunch.

6. See others' needs instead of focusing on getting your own met.

7. Do what you know is right, every time you can.

8. Try to lean on the side of more than less when it comes to kindness and patience.

9. Soak in every moment.  Life's too short to not be fully engaged.

10. Say what you mean.

11. Spend less time creeping on other people's lives and go live your own.

12. Get out of your comfort zone.

13. Be uncomfortable.

14. Risk awkwardness.

15. Be real.

16. Don't be afraid.  Just don't.

© 2014 Deborah Hope Shining 


I definitely don't want this to be a monologue. What are your thoughts? Questions? Ideas?