#1: laugh. god, just laugh. when you find something funny, laugh at it. it’s five seconds actual literal pure joy. why the heck would you ever pass that up?
#2: sign yourself up for every extra-curricular you can. forget that it’s for college or uni applications, or that it’ll look good on your cv. use them to find something new to care about and put your effort into. if it’s not for you, take the time to just watch the people that it is for. see how much something they love can set them alight. keep trying to find something that’ll do the same for you.
#3: exercise. go to the gym, if you can. if you can’t, go swimming. if you can’t do that, go running. if you don’t like running, go for a walk. play football with your mates, or basketball, or tennis. exercise gives you endorphins. endorphins make you happy. (happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. they just don’t.)
#4: take the risk. whatever it is, do it. you don’t know how long it’ll be until you have the same opportunity. everyone fears failure. what makes you better than everyone is your ability to flip failure your middle finger.
#5: don’t sit around waiting for change: be the change. if you think your school needs more water fountains, be the person who signs up for school council and tells them about it at a meeting.
#6: drink water. everything’s better when you’re hydrated.
#7: if it’s between the tear-jerker and the comedy on netflix, go for the comedy. there’s so much to cry about in life, and you don’t need a film to point it out. the comedy’ll show you there’s still stuff to laugh over.
#8: be kind. be gentle. be honest. life is bitter and harsh and horrible enough, and it takes someone special to bring out the better parts of it. be that person. people will love you for it, and you’ll love you for it too.
#9: when people mock you for being enthusiastic about something, ignore them. they’ll spend their lives looking for the same passion you have.
#10: work for the straight as in class. it’s not a sin to get a b, but god, you will feel amazing with those grades. be as intelligent and imaginative as you were made to be. fulfil your potential. don’t be afraid to work hard.
#11: if you want to change yourself, do it. get the haircut. put on the make-up. swap your glasses for contacts. if what you want is sensible and reasonable and attainable, go for it. there is no shame in changing yourself and being proud of what you become.
#12: when you’re angry, be angry. feel it. do something with it. let it push you into making a change, or talking to people, or making something beautiful. but don’t lock it up. it’ll turn into bitterness.
#13: tell yourself you’re great every day. one morning you’ll wake up and believe it." — “THIRTEEN THINGS I’VE LEARNT YOU SHOULD REALLY DO BECAUSE LIFE’S TOO SHORT”, or what i said when someone asked me how to have higher self-esteem, j.c. (via nevillesluna)