1. Focus on your education, not the popular kids
No one will care how popular you were after high school, but people will always care about how smart you are and the path you’re taking to set yourself up for the future.
2. Budget wisely
It’s important for you to know money doesn’t come easy, so when you get your first job, start saving for a car or house deposit instead blowing your paychecks on clothes and cinema tickets.
There is nothing more satisfying than working hard and living off your own money without needing help from your parents.
3. Heartbreak is inevitable, but so is moving on
Love is risky. When somebody means everything to you and things don’t work out, you will feel an emptiness that is indescribable.
You will fall in love and your heart will break into a million pieces more than once.
You’ll feel like there’s no reason to live and the world doesn’t understand your pain, but I promise you, I understand.
It may take time, sometimes a lot of time, but heartbreak will fade. Life will get better and you will find love again and again.
4. You have a right to your feelings
Never let anybody belittle your feelings. There are no right or wrong ways to feel and no one but you gets to decide how you feel about situations.
Life won’t always be easy; some days you’ll feel exhausted and want to stay in bed. Promise me that when you feel this way, you’ll let me in to remind you that you’re not alone.
5. You’ll need to let people go
Friends will come and go throughout your entire life, especially during your school years.
The older you get, the more you’ll realize that having a small circle of good friends you can trust is better than having one hundred drama-filled acquaintances who don’t really care about you.