I’ve been blessed to have several young women in my life who are graduating high school this year. Each is vibrant, kind and filled with potential to accomplish incredible things. To them, and all young women graduating this year, here is my plea to you:
Continue to practice love and tolerance – I’ve seen that your generation is so much more accepting of people of all abilities, race, religion and sexual orientation. You’ve embraced my son with Intellectual Disabilities and treat everyone you meet with respect. You have the power to make this world a place where everyone can enjoy personal freedoms and be accepted for who they are.
Be authentic – Laugh often, don’t be afraid to ask for help and above all, don’t conform to someone else’s standards.
Don’t lose yourself along the way – Yes you’ll probably have children and most likely a spouse (although a vast percentage of women your age are having children and choosing not to get married) but never allow yourself to be solely defined as wife or mother. Remember who you are today as you graduate. Don’t let go of the person you see in the mirror.
Love yourself – As you get older the image of who you are will be altered by the media and society. Embrace your inner beauty and recognize your external beauty as well, even when laugh lines form, stretch marks appear and your boobs start to sag!
Live life with passion – Explore different countries, try exotic foods, go skydiving – have adventures! Don’t be swayed by money over doing what you love. Follow your true calling because, in the end, that will lead to the greatest abundance and happiness you could ever imagine.
Alison Jacobson is a Life Coach who works with women to overcome fear that’s preventing them from achieving happiness and success. You can learn more at www.alisonjacobson.net