Have fun. This one should be a no brainer, right? Not so much... working full time and the monotony of every day life can take the front seat. Hobbies, friends, family and leisure activities often take the back seat. This is fine and good for the most part because that means that you are focused and determined to be successful, but too much and it can drain you. It can take away your personal identity and make your forget how to relax. Giving yourself time to truly have fun, enjoy whatever it is that you love doing without worrying about other things in life is important. Take a weekend and escape--turn off your e-mail, leave your freshly pressed shirts on their hangers and let loose. For me, I just love a quiet morning sleeping in, followed by lots of coffee and books, newspapers or magazines.
Sleep in, or don't. Go to bed early, or stay up late. Basically, do what you want to do. I used to think that waking up early was the 'right' thing to do. But who says what is right and wrong? Cake for breakfast? Apparently, that's 'wrong'.. but heck with it, I'm eating cake for breakfast if that's what I want. There are so many 'shoulds', so many 'rights' and 'wrongs', but at the end of the day, it's your call, not anyone else's.
Don't drink gross alcohol. Ok, so that's almost too much of a sweeping generalization, because if that's what you truly like, then go right ahead.. but after age 22, there is no place in anyone's diet for Burnett's flavored vodkas and natty light. Once you graduate college and have the means to pay for your own drink of choice, the Andre, Burnett's, Natty, etc. have to go. Ick. My parents are going to laugh at me for this one because I distinctly remember always wanting Sutter Home white zinfandel. They are really into wines and would try to get me to appreciate good wine, and I just couldn't get into it... until recently. I used to describe my parent's wine as 'moss on a log' tasting, but now I taste it and I truly enjoy it. So funny how that works out, isn't it? That definitely goes back to my 2011 Words of Wisdom when I said that parents are always right. Always, always, always.
Family is everything. I said something along those lines in my 2011 post, but I couldn't be more thankful and appreciative for my family. I am the person I am today because of my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends that feel like family, etc. So much love. Never take them for granted.