I just have 8 pieces of advice which I feel are most important.
I know you are too young to understand what I am going to say.
It’s up to the youngsters to decide.
But I know you, as a teenager (ages between 13 and 19 yrs)… tend to ignore my advice because I would have laughed at this idiotic advice as a teenager!
1.Take care of your body
I am talking both in terms of physical and mental angle.
I am stressing this first because consumerism makes you addicted to your food habits in the form of Junk.
The more you come out of Social Media, the greater your mental peace of mind.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in” Jim Rohn
2. Never compare yourself with others
You do your best… Now leave rest to the Almighty.
“The only person you have to compare yourself to is the person that you were yesterday” Amy Morin
3. Don’t take things personally
Life is too short to get upset about everything daily.
Be in your personal life or In Social Media you come across people taking things personally, abusing each other resulting in more hatred and self-destruction.
Never take things personally.
Don’t be one-sided whenever an argument is taking place. Try to understand things from a different perspective.
If anybody says anything about you, just take a deep breath and think for a second of two things.
- Is the comment true? Or
- Is the comment false?
You are the judge.
Is it true? If so you need not react instead try to better yourself.
It is false? If so you need not react since it’s not true.
“When someone upsets us, this is often because they are not behaving according to our fantasy of how they ‘should‘ behave.
The frustration, then, does not stem from their behaviour but from how their behaviour differs from our fantasy.
Let us not get carried away. Remember ‘calmness’ is a superpower!” Markandangel
4. Be aware of the implications of your finance
Nobody tells you how to manage finances since everybody feels you are too young.
Parents may advise or warn you time and again, but you are least interested in listening to them.
As a teenager, you may not even think of a financial angle, since most of your requirements are met either by your pocket money from your parents or some help from your friends.
Earlier you learn about your spending habits and priorities, the better.
Always think of a budget.
“A budget is telling your money where to go, instead of wondering where it went” Dave Ramsey
Do not spend beyond your means.
Memorize Warren Buffet quote-
“Don’t save what is left after spending, but spend what is left after saving”
5. Thoughts on sex
The truth is…
“Men always want to be a woman’s first love; women like to be a man’s last romance.” Oscar Wilde
Nothing wrong with your thoughts on sex & romance. It’s natural for a teenager.
Don’t get addicted to the world of po***graphy.
Your romantic moments are temporary. It’s OK. Don’t feel bad.
Teenage love ends abruptly. Exceptions are possible but very very rare.
Remember there is no such thing as ‘Lived happily ever after’
Memorize this- TEENAGE IS NOTHING BUT HEARTACHE, luckily it’s of short duration!
“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness” Nietzsche
6. Life is hard
Whether you are born in a rich family or a poor family…is irrelevant. You have to lead your life ultimately.
Life is very very hard.
This is because life wishes to teach you how to become strong.
“Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient” Steve Maraboli
Friends play a major role in your life as a teenager.
Be courteous to all. Make friendship with a few.
“A good friend is a connection to life – a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world” Lois Wyse
8. Bullying or getting bullied
Being a bully is nothing but some psychological comfort, not going to help you in the long run.
Teenage years are very painful for those who experience bullying.
Bullying can be physical or mental (now you can add cyberbullying).
You may be the bully or the victim.
“School administrators can’t say it’s up to the parents. Parents can’t say it’s up to the teachers. Teachers can’t say it’s not their job. And kids can’t say, “I was too afraid to tell.” Every single one of us has to play our role if we’re serious about putting an end to the madness. We are all responsible. We must be” Megan Kelley Hall
What can be done? I advise you to speak to your elders whenever you face bullying.
Thank you for your visit.
Take care, my friend.
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