It’s been one month since you passed away, and I still can’t stop thinking about you. When I was growing up, you were always there for me when I needed help or advice; it feels like my world has turned upside down without you around to be my rock. The day before you died you gave me some words of wisdom that have stuck with me ever since: “You’re a smart girl and no matter what happens in life, everything will turn out alright.”No matter what happens, you need to know that I love you and miss you more than words can describe.
It is important to be kind and empathetic, no matter what the person or situation may be. This is something that my father has always told me and it has shaped the way I live my life. In this blog post, you will read about how being a good listener can make someone feel better in any circumstance.
I’m sure you’ve heard before that “actions speak louder than words.” If there’s one thing I learned from my dad growing up, it’s that actions are only half of the equation when it comes to dealing with people; if we want them to feel better after talking to us about their problems, then we have to empathize with them and show them they’re not alone. That means listening closely without judging them and letting them know you’re there for them.
My father has always been my best friend. He’s a great listener and he is there for me no matter what. One thing that I’ve learned from him is to be myself, even when it might not be the right choice. That includes everything from what clothes I wear, to who I date. The one piece of advice that sticks with me in particular came when I was on the verge of turning 16 years old and starting high school at a new school while living in a different city than where we grew up together. My dad sat down with me and told me this: “You’re going into something completely brand new, but you will never have more people looking out for you then you do now so just go ahead and make mistakes.” he said. “Mistakes are a part of life and you can’t learn without them.”
This is your chance to show off the talent that you’ve been trying so hard to keep hidden from everyone else! You get one shot at this – make it count! It’s like New Year’s Eve all day every day (except more fun)! Use these ten tips to make absolutely sure you’re going out on top with an unforgettable last hurrah before 2018 makes its way into history.
Make friends with someone new. This doesn’t have to be difficult; let loose and start making some connections among other party-goers. Have a conversation with someone you’ve never met before. You’re bound to find some common ground, and maybe even make a new best friend!
Bring your mom or dad as your date. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by bringing an older loved one who’s been there for you all these years – it’ll be fun! Share the responsibility of having a good time while you both watch each other do things that they may not have had the chance to do in decades.
Buy yourself something nice- but don’t buy anything else unless absolutely necessary. Spend just enough money on whatever makes you happiest; whether that is getting expensive clothes, going out for dinner, grabbing drinks at the bar – make sure you only get what will bring joy into your life and make you feel happy.
Make a new friend. You can’t go wrong with this tip! Especially if you’re not used to being around people your age, it’s important to find someone who is easy going and friendly – they’ll be great for making the time fly by faster when you don’t know what else to do!
Don’t sleep in too late or stay up all night partying. This may seem like an obvious one, but trust me: these two things will only cause trouble later on during your trip home from college! Make sure that you have plenty of rest so that you are feeling refreshed every day and able to take care of yourself while exploring campus life as well as visiting other towns/cities nearby.
Keep your head up, don’t give in to the sadness. You’re tough and you can do this – I know it’s hard but you’ll get through it together with me by your side if you need me. Just remember that everything is going to be alright. Good luck!
Happiness Is: doing things that make you happy- whether that’s getting expensive clothes, going out for dinner, grabbing drinks at the bar or making a new friend
Where Happiness Lives, deep inside of us all until we find a way to release it into our lives on our own terms rather than waiting around passively for someone else to hand them over