Hannah Walusis, a young friend of Rewire Me, shared something I love so much that I want to share it with you! Barely 18 herself, Hannah made a list of reassurances to give her own child when he or she reaches that age. But I think people of all ages can benefit from these loving life lessons:
You’re stronger than you realize.
- You’ll find out that the smallest words can break your heart.
- You will change. You’re not the same person you were three minutes ago. It’s a good thing, especially if you didn’t like who you were three minutes ago.
- People will come and go.
- You’ll forget your email password ten years from now, but you’ll still remember what someone said when they broke your heart.
- Never stop yourself from texting someone. If you love them at 4 a.m. tell them; if you still love them at 9:30 a.m. tell them again.
- Your biggest fear will be that people will see you the way you see you.
- You’re wonderful at something, and don’t ever let anyone take it away from you.
- Loneliness has nothing to do with how many people are around you, but everything to do with how many people understand you.
- You’ll be okay, I promise.
What I admire most about this list is Hannah’s connection to faith—her determination never to never give up on herself. We’ve all heard people say that children are our greatest teachers. If you’re a parent you know it’s true. Now that my daughter is officially a teenager, I’m more connected to the feelings from my adolescence. Those were the most difficult years of my life, so when I read Hannah’s list and saw her beautiful teenage soul in every word, I just had to post it to support her, my daughter, and any lovely, passionate, brave teenager who might need to be inspired or rewired by her words.