The Kids Need to Know

     I’m a big fan of the Kid President videos
(as well as most of Soul Pancake’s), so when he encouraged people to talk about
what we think “the kids need to know” I couldn’t resist.
     I think this is a great idea, as we are
all still learning about the world, no matter what our age. So, if we manage to
learn a few things along the way, it makes sense to pass them on to others. I
will readily admit (as I do in my blog’s title) that I am still finding my way
in the world, but here’s a few things I’ve picked up so far.
1) Be
yourself. Above everything else, don’t change for other people. Everyone is
unique, so embrace what makes you different.

2) Don’t
judge others. This is the inverse of the first point. If you want people to
accept you as you are, you have to be accepting of them in return.

3) Appreciate
the little things. It’s easy to let life get you down, but the world is full of
small miracles that happen every day, so try to take note of them.

4) Do
what makes you happy. Sometimes you will have to do things you don’t want to,
but make time to do the things you do enjoy as well. Life is short, so don’t
waste it being miserable.

5) Stand
up for your beliefs. An extension of being yourself; if something is important to
you then don’t let anyone else belittle it or make you doubt it.

6) Appreciate
the people in your life. Don’t take people for granted, because they might not always
be there. Show them you care, because everyone needs a pick-me-up now and then.

7) Random
acts of kindness. It’s not just people you know that might need a pick-me-up.
Do something nice for a stranger; it could brighten up their whole day.

8) Take
risks. You are more likely to regret the things you don’t do, so seize
opportunities and try new things – they might be some of your best experiences.

9) Travel.
The world is a huge place, and there are so many amazing things to see and do
in it. Make the most of life and see as much of it as you can.

10) Work
hard. Sometimes luck will be on your side, but you have to work for things you
want. Put in the effort and one day it will pay off.

11) It
gets better. Whatever hard times you may face, they won’t last forever. Stay
strong and seek comfort from people who care about you, and eventually it will
get better.

12) Dream.
It’s your life, so don’t let anyone else tell you what to do with it. Go after
things you want and don’t give up on your dreams. Keep trying and they might
come true.
    The world can be a scary place, but it can
also be amazing. There’s so much to learn, that I can’t possibly fit it all in
one post. So, these are just a few of the things I think are most important to
helping a kid figure some of it out.

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