Here’s what I think are some important things to know:
1. Do what you want to do in life.
If you don’t, it will be a long time of no fun. Find a way. There is always a way if you really want something.
2. Be happy in life.
Sometimes things make us happy, but that usually doesn’t last. Experiences that make memories make me happy, like becoming a cook and helping other people learn to cook, especially kids. Cooking at events with so many volunteers helps me see how many people it takes to make fun things happen for a community.
3. Make sure you have a pet!
Animals are the best and they love you no matter what. If you can’t have a pet, you can volunteer at a shelter and go love on some cats and dogs that do not have people to love them back.
4. Be kind to other people.
If someone is new at school or at work, welcome them and introduce them to your friends so they will feel good about being there, too.
5. Family is important.
Sometimes they are a pain, but they are still important because no matter how much you fight, no one will love you like your family.
6. Tell the truth.
When you lie and you look in the mirror, it doesn’t feel good. You might as well tell the truth right at the start because the truth always comes out anyway – better to just face the music.
7. Even if you don’t want to listen to your mom, you should listen to your mom because she is usually right.