Although we are creative, innovative and intelligent young people, there is always room for improvement.
1. Seek advice
The concept of our grandparents and elders being more experienced flies right over most young people's heads. Yes, times have changed, but our elders usually have such a positive outlook on life and just want the best for us. I have received some of my most valued advice from my grandparents and great-grandma.
I remember specifically on my 16th birthday, my great-grandma came into my room to talk about me having a boyfriend. She really just wanted to make sure I was happy and not rushing into things. I listened to her and I still value her outlook which was ironic because when she was that age couples were already getting married.
2. Real dates
Couples going on real dates nowadays seems to be very scarce. In my opinion, a lot of this has to do with technology taking over, making it so easy to "talk to someone". The word "date" is never used anymore and people are just saying: "Let's hang later" or "Wanna get food?". Many girls have such low standards and find this to be flattering and that may be part of the problem. It's not even about the guy always paying, both should contribute. But come on, at least try to act like you planned something.
3. Live in the moment
Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites have such an impact on our daily lives. It is our nature to want to document every single moment. I try my best to live in the moment, but I am still guilty of this. Many people have the motive to go somewhere or visit someone just to take a picture to prove it. Enjoy people's presence more than anything else.
4. Be kind, always
A simple "hello" or introducing yourself to a stranger goes a long way. Being a genuine, kind human being isn't hard and it feels like all people forget this one. It feels good to be acknowledged rather than ignored. You also really never know what someone is going through and a kind gesture could make their day.
5. Relationships outside of social media
This took me a long time to realize but you don't need to brag about everything you do with your significant other over social media. Not everyone wants to see a provocative mirror picture or selfie of you and your boyfriend. Please keep that to yourself. It's not necessary to show the world every time you hang out. Just enjoy each others presence for a change!
6. Dinner conversations
It always amazes me and makes me wish I was elsewhere when I'm sitting at a table with a group of people and everyone is on their phones. We often forget to be present and while no one is perfect this is one of my biggest pet peeves. I hate spending my money on food and then to just sit there watching someone Snapchat makes it so much worse. I have learned to appreciate conversing, instead of texting over a screen. I don't eat out with people who can't actually have a conversation at dinner because that is not worth the $15 I just spent.
7. Take an adventure
You hear it often, college students love to adventure these days. But in all honesty, driving somewhere to watch the sunset and Snapchat on your phone isn't adventuring. If you want to be a REAL adventurer, just listen close!!
Just kidding, I'm not exactly the most spontaneous person either, but when I have been, I've had the most fun. Driving without direction can lead you to the coolest places. Finding a spot with a good view to reflect is always fulfilling. My favorite is being with someone that makes me happy, going anywhere random, without a plan and just simply being together without any technology nor stresses.
I'm no professional but these are just some daily thoughts, I hope they hit home to some people!
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