9 Things Young Adults Should Remind Themselves

From Facebook quarrels to quitting before starting, there are plenty of ‘trends’ media outlets have been running with, dragging Generation Y through the mud these days…

Why should we accept these claims? Here are some of the things we should be reminding ourselves of everyday in order to change that image.

1. Don’t worry about who gets the credit.

Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching, but it doesn’t stop there. There will always be people who take advantage of positive outcomes. Integrity is also being honest and having a strong moral direction. Be the example to those who lack integrity. The thing about liars is that they are always inevitably exposed by their own doing.

2. Admit your wrongdoings and apologize when necessary.

The ‘silent treatment’ does no good. When we’re in the wrong, even partially, the best course of action is to admit it. Saying ‘sorry’ is too often used as a throwaway phrase; be genuine. Show compassion. Understand that being truly remorseful is more than a few words.

3. Don’t waver your beliefs and don’t condemn those who believe differently.

Too often people choose one or the other. We are entitled to our own opinions and as our lives and circumstances change, sometimes our opinions do as well. But while we stand steadfast in our beliefs, the world is full of opposition, no matter what. My faith has taught me to “love one another, as I am loved.” (John 13:34)

4. ‘Facebook fights’ never end in resolution.

Offhand statuses and tweets without any real clarification seem to be the source of plenty of turmoil in this new day and age. What goes on the internet, stays on the internet… so be mindful of what you put out there in the first place. But starting a ‘debate’ over a public, or even ‘private’, forum serves as nothing more than mindless entertainment for friends and family. Settle your beef off of the internet and save yourself some embarrassment.

5. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions.

YOU are responsible. Not mom. Not dad. Not the government. You.

6. Be the change you wish to see.

If something is wrong, fix it. Take the steps to start the ball rolling. Every tumbleweed began as a twig. Every great idea started as merely a dream.

7. Seek the truth even when it isn’t easy.

I’m a firm believer that Generation Y is a generation with an insatiable thirst for truth that we are endlessly looking to quench. We dreamers, believers, mathematicians, scientists, artists, writers, and trailblazers… we must keep moving forward.

8. Take a leap of faith.

Fear is a liar. Don’t look back on your life saying, “I wish I had.” Strive to look back on your life saying, “I’m so glad I did.” Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from taking a chance. We are young, wild, and free!

9. Know that failure is inevitable and without it, success is impossible.

Just don’t stay down. Stand up and try again. As Captain Archibald Haddock says in The Adventures of TinTin, ” There are plenty others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse. Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signals, that is what people pick up. Don’t you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure… you can never let it defeat you.”

– Jenni


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