Life lessons to my daughter

27th August 2015


Last week a video from CBC Radio’s WireTap about how to age gracefully was making the rounds. The video contained life advice from people aged 7 to 92. This week I thought I’d share my own life advice (to date!) for my daughter…

    1. Sharing is caring. Play fair. The lessons you learn in kindergarten are valuable ones to keep with you throughout life.
    2. High school may or may not be the best time of your life. If it isn’t the greatest experience, just know that you will find your place and that the popular kids in high school usually end up struggling later on in life.
    3. Cultivate your own style. Booty shorts may be in at some point, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear them (Please don’t. You’ll give your dad a heart attack).
    4. Going to university is an exciting experience (and one we hope you’ll have!), but make sure you take the time to still connect with your parents. Call us, text us, email us (or use whatever technology is available when you are 18). Let us know you are alive. Please.
    5. Never feel pressured to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.
    6. Dance, dance, dance. There will be a time when you don’t get to do this as much.
    7. I wish I could protect you from this, but sadly we usually all end up dating losers at some point in our lives. Heartbreak does make you stronger and until it passes dance, dance, dance.
    8. You are never too young to start saving. How I wish I had taken the advice of my own parents on this one. I may already be a real estate mogul.
    9. Explore the world near and far. And when you do go off-the-beaten path. The real travel begins there.
    10. Learn another language. This will open doors for you.
    11. Friendship is a two-way relationship. You get out of it what you put in.
    12. Sometimes friendships end and this is ok. Those friends were there for you during a period of your life when you needed them. Your close friends are the ones who will be there for you through thick and thin.
    13. Choose to spend your life with someone who makes you laugh, is kind and has a generous heart.
    14. Do something you love in life. Change your job or career path to something you will enjoy (at least 90% of the time). You’ll spend a lot of the week at work and life is too short to be somewhere you dread.
    15. Be kind to everyone at work, regardless of level. You never know when you’ll need their help.
    16. You are never too old to dream. When you are little, you’ll think anything is possible. As you get older adult responsibilities will come, but always carve out the time to dream. When I was 5, I wanted to be a lawyer during the week and a ballerina on the weekend.
    17. Reading is awesome. Take time out of your day to read – fun things, serious things, romances, mysteries. Whatever you enjoy best.
    18. Have at least 5 go-to recipes that you know by heart. This knowledge will come in handy.
    19. Look after your health by being active. Go for walks, runs, play tennis, soccer…find an activity that makes you smile while working up a sweat. Being active not only benefits your health, but makes you feel good/burns off frustration.

And above all…Be yourself. No matter what (and spend time with your family!)

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