2. You don't have time for unworthy people/situations. If you think about it, trying to please people who don't like you is stupid. So why bother? Save your time and take your attention elsewhere. The right people will listen, respect, admire and help you. Trust me; they're out there waiting for you. And you're going to love them!
3. Be yourself, and do the things you love. Cheesy but it's what will get you the most closure. Stick to your humane morals, keep at your passions and hold your head high. You don't have to pretend - and if you are, don't put on a facade any longer. Free yourself.
4. Don't be afraid to try something new. Different doesn't necessarily mean bad. Whether it be food or actual endeavours, saying 'yes' to new things not typically of your norm could be rewarding. A simple judgement could even define the aftermath of your life on a different scale.
5. Appreciate the little things. You know what I'm talking about. We should be thankful; for the stars we gaze at longingly, the full moon we gape at, the sun rising and setting every day. Think rustic cafés, scented candles, a morning breeze, good music, quirky socks, a mug of piping hot tea, evening walks, knitted sweaters, paisley print, art galleries, swingy dresses, your favourite TV shows. The list goes on and on. They're there for a reason. Note down the foolproof lot of them that make you happy. Add and refer to often, for best results.
6. Things may not be what they seem on the surface. Very often we can misjudge a situation upon first glance. As for people - they're always full of surprises, I'll tell you that. There's more than meets the eye. You'll eventually realise that some people aren't as shallow/deep as they might seem.
7. Treat others how you'd want to be treated. It'll come full circle. That being said, treat yourself too from time to time. You deserve it.
8. Never underestimate girl power, ever. It's lethal stuff, I can guarantee you. Don't even thinking about messing with girls. We're a merged, strong-willed and capable force to be reckoned with.
9. Certain things are better left unsaid. If it's merciless words or mere clothing critique, others may not need to hear it.
10. Expose yourself and simply explore. To the right people, to new experiences and most importantly, to gain awareness. Life is a recurring cycle of nature/surroundings/people influencing and inspiring each other. You can get inspired, or inspire. It's up to you.
11. Feeling aimless is absolutely fine. The future may remain unknown to you, but that just adds to the mystery of the pleasant surprises in store for you. After all, no one really has it figured out. If you're restless about something, take action. Stand up for what you want, for what's right. You can make a difference in your life and in the world - no matter how minor your efforts might seem.
12. Do not let your past define you. Instead, learn from it. I know it may be hard to let go of - at least, that's how it is for me - but time will heal and rebuild you slowly. Remember where you came from, and how far you've progressed since then.
13. Cherish what you currently have. It's important to have a sense of gratitude, especially before it's too late. Good things never usually last unless you nourish them with work/love. Make the most of them. Go on, tell your parents you love them and give your besties an overly-affectionate hug. Also, schedule that long-forsaken lunch date with your girlfriends.
14. Lose yourself in the moment. The present is impossible to retrieve, so what are you waiting for?
16. Remember, a dose of spontaneity can be healthy. Throwing caution to the wind can provide some of the most thrilling encounters. Though folks, still be somewhat responsible. Consider the things you may devastatingly regret.
Even though I had a terrible migraine waking up as 16, I really can't complain. My brother took me to the riverside to have a breather, which certainly cleared my head. (What would I do without him?) I celebrated at dinner on the actual night, with a couple of my favourite girls! (Head over to my best friend, Yuxian's blog, to read all about the good food (and her newfound dislike of kale.) The atmosphere and vegan food was much too tasteful, and these girls granted me another memorable night. I wouldn't have had it any other way.