Look, in fact, do exactly that. Step in front of a mirror. Look yourself in the face. Repeat after me. “I am powerful. I am capable. I am beautiful. I am strong. I have overcome so much. I have come so far. I will continue. Today, I am in control.” I love you.
Hello, friend. I love you. It is okay to get overwhelmed. It is okay to need to rest. It is okay to understand yourself and turn things down. It is okay to know what you need. Take care of yourself. You matter.
Deep breath. Take time, allow yourself to love you. You continue to love people. You love those you’ve always loved. You love those you welcome in. You love those you do not know. Please, love yourself. Allow yourself that kindness. I love you.
601) Be the kind of friend who is comfortable kissing your friends on the cheek.
602) Know how to jump a car
603) In a convertible: If the top is down so are the windows.
604) Don’t make out with boys you barely know or because you’re bored and he is there.
605) Don’t be someone people can consider sleazy or slutty. Even a little.
606) Stand up for yourself.
607) Stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves.
608) Most of the people you talk to are the go-betweens. It is not their fault
609) People who work at the hospital deal with crappy people all of the time. Be a bright spot in a dismal place.
610) Clapping is a way of thanking a performer. Even if you didn’t like the performance clap; they have given you something unique.
611) If you are performing and don’t get applause don’t bow. Just like applause, a bow is a “thank you.”
612) No vanity plates.
613) Or sports team plates.
614) If you ask a boy out you are responsible for your own expenses at the very least.
615) Don’t ask a boy out.
616) Don’t sing along at the theatre.
617) Unless you are asked to by those involved with the production. Then you sing your heart out.
619) When walking, if you pass anyone, say, “excuse me.”
620) Never return an empty dish.
621) Appreciate the simple things.
622) Just because it isn’t your mess does not mean you can’t clean it up.
623) Do not give a standing ovation unless you feel it is deserved.
624) After a production be kind and forgiving with your compliments.
625) But don’t lie.
626) In an empty movie theater your feet may go up on the seat in front of you.
627) In any other theatre, full or not, your feet stay on the floor.
628) Saying “I love you” over and over doesn’t give it more value. It removes the value.
629) Do not be ashamed of your interests.
630) Vinegar on your french fries.
631) Don’t miss an opportunity to spend even seemingly frivolous time with people.
632) Electronics are not for the beach.
633) If you need an immediate response, call.
634) Go on, mix your cliché metaphors. They’re silly anyway.
635) A popular book is not often a good book.
636) Educational television, especially designed for children, is a powerful tool; don’t neglect it.
637) Not everything on a science or history-related channel is fact.
638) Non-fiction literature is not all truth.
639) Know the difference between a good actor, a popular actor and a pretty actor.
640) Gender-neutral language is a waste of effort.
641) If you must be a feminist do not rage.
642) True gender equality does not offer separate standards (tests, language, etc.) for men and women.
643) Always check the back seat.
644) Words will get stuck in your head and be used too much. Catch this and limit the use to three times a day until you’re tired of keeping track so you stop using it too much.
645) You don’t have to hear a song for it to get trapped in your mind.
646) Go ahead and try running. Even if you hate it. You’ll feel better about yourself.
647) Running is a good way to burn off some frustrations.
648) Most things are best made from scratch.
649) Fresh picked flowers are pretty in your hair for about 10 minutes. Then they’re gross.
650) He who honks rather than coming to the door is not for you.