Friday, January 29, 2016

10 things I want my girls to know ...

  1. Learn to drive a stick shift. Who knows if you will ever find yourself in a situation where you will need to hop in an old Bronco and put the pedal to the metal. How will you do that if you only know how to drive an automatic?
  2. Never allow a boy (or a man) to dictate your sense of self worth. If he says mean things, plays you against another girl, tries to tell you how to dress, act, etc., or demeans you in any other way, he doesn't value you. Tell that guy to move along.
  3. Success comes with sacrifice and hard work. Luck strikes only a few times. Do the work so you are ready to seize the opportune moment. Like Jack in Pirates of the Carribean.
  4. Don't choose a profession you will despise just because you think/are told you'll make more money doing it. I almost made that mistake. You'll spend much of your adult life at work. You need to love what you do or it will quickly become a drag. 
  5. Don't wear high heels if you actually like/need to do this little thing called "WALKING."
  6. Try to have integrity. Try not to say things behind someone's back that you wouldn't say to his or her face. This is hard. Gossip is seductive.
  7. Be friends as well as sisters. One day, your dad and I won't be here. I know, this completely sucks. I'm not happy about it either. But one day you will need one another to lean on. 
  8. If you fall down, get back up. You can stay down for a little while and cry it out. But you can't stay on the ground forever. Never stop fighting for yourself and what you want. 
  9. Choose sensible underwear. Uncomfortable underwear will always ruin your entire day. 
  10. Sometimes, it's an admirable thing to put others' needs, wants, etc. before your own. Throughout your life, you'll have to come second here and there. However, don't let it become a pattern. Sometimes ... often, you should come first. 
I lied. One more. There is such a thing as "too many selfies." Love, Mom