What I wish somebody had told me when I was a Lateen

  • Keep your dreams alive, they ARE possible.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. This one is tricky. You might not notice until it’s too late that the energy people give out has an effect on you if you are close enough. The more you surround yourself by mentors, good friends, and positive role models, the greater the chance you have to make it. Learn from them. Successful people always respect a striving Lateen. They will become your platform.
  • It is possible to go to college whatever your circumstances are. There are scholarships, there are waivers (http://bit.ly/bGnAfz) and even if you have to work your hardest trying to survive, it is all worth it.
  • Education is your power. Nobody will be able to take it away from you once you have it. Go get it now!
  • Be healthy. It was particularly difficult for me to stay healthy in the transition from high school to college and then during college due to the amount of stress it all created, with the combination of juggling school, work, money, living arrangements, friends, boyfriends, family, and of course money, money, money. If I had to do it all over again, I would focus primarily on being healthy. You need your health to study, to think clearly, to move faster, to learn. Sleep well, eat well, exercise – the basics.
  • Stay tough. You already are, just don’t forget to keep it up.
  • Be true to yourself. By this I mean that even if it bothers your family, friends, etc. make your own decisions and live up to them. Own them.
  • If you already have a religious or spiritual practice, keep it up. If not, find your own. This is something I still strive for (and I’m in my 30s) but I think it does help to have faith in something bigger than ourselves.
  • Embrace your cultures.
  • Love will find you when you are ready for it. Don’t stress over it. I know at least one person told me that but I didn’t listen closely (or rather didn’t believe it back then). I hope you don’t have to waste as much time as I did “looking” for love, instead, always love yourself first.
  • And most importantly, HAVE FUN! You are a great Lateen, rock on!

1 comment

1 MariaRosa { 05.06.10 at 9:17 pm }

Great advices! They are all good even if you are not that TEEN!

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