I have a wonderful dad who is very wise and has taught me a lot of important lessons. Last year on this day I wrote a post about some of these lessons. (Check that post out here)
So I decided that today I should try something different.
I’m not a parent, but I do hope that is part of my future. Along with loving and supporting them, I hope to be able to teach my future children important life lessons. I’ve seen and experienced a lot of things. These are some lessons I hope to teach my future children based on what I’ve learned, sometimes the hard way.
- People are scared of things they don’t understand. Sometimes when people are scared, they will do or say hurtful things. So will you. Be patient with yourself and others.
- You are important and loved. Spend your time with people who lift you up and support you. Be that person for others.
- When traveling, do your best to venture off the beaten path every once in a while. You may find that those end up being your most treasured experiences.
- Work hard and be kind and you’ll always have a job.
- Just because that’s how it’s always been done, doesn’t mean that it’s the best way. Be open to innovation and change.
- Relationships are more important than being right.
- Places and adventures are cool, but it’s the people that we meet along the way that make it special. It’s always about the people.
- It is possible to be funny without being mean. Do your best not to cross that line, but always apologize when you do.
- Don’t let anyone silence your voice. Think for yourself and speak your mind, but do so at the right time and place. Everyone has a voice that is just as important as yours.
- There is always something to celebrate.
Wow. I’m so wise. 😉
The great thing about this list is the stories I have for each of these lessons. I will try to teach these lessons to my kids, but they will often go out in to the world and learn the hard way. I guess that’s ok though, because then they’ll have the lesson and the story.