As millennials, we hear a lot of complaints about our generation, ranging from what we wear to the way we speak. As a millennial, I disagree with all but one complaint: kids' TV shows just aren't what they used to be. They no longer teach us subtle life lessons or give us advice on how to get through a tough time. The whimsical adventures like the ones in "Winnie the Pooh" no longer exist.
So, here's a trip down memory lane, mixed in with a great bit of motivation, to get you through the week.
1. “Some people care too much. I think it's called love."
Love isn't always romantic. Love isn't always red roses and chocolate hearts. It isn't thinking of them at every waking moment, and worshipping the ground they walk on. Sometimes, love is asking how your day went. It's giving you their jacket when it's cold outside or a smile when nothing is going your way. It's important to remember that love can come down to simply just caring for someone.
2. “You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes."
Sometimes you have to get up, dust yourself off, and take life by the reins. We don't choose our destiny, but we sure do have a say in it.
3. “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like, "What about lunch?"
Using big words doesn't mean you're smarter than them. And being smarter doesn't mean you're better than them. It's good to share your knowledge, but make sure everyone gets a say. Simplicity is key when meeting someone new.
4. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday."
Stress is good. It pushes you to work harder, better, and faster. It motivates you to be productive. Too much stress, however, can be detrimental to your health. When it becomes too overwhelming for you, remember that this assignment, or exam, or task will not matter ten, fifteen, even twenty years from now. You'll get there someday.
5. “I used to believe in forever, but forever's too good to be true"
Most of us, since we were little, have had the concept of “forever" ingrained into our minds. Relationships, dreams for the future, and things as simple as your house were simply unchangeable. It's crucial to take a step back and realize that it's highly unrealistic for anything to truly be permanent “forever." So, you just have to settle for “as long as possible."
6. “Think it over, think it under."
Before making a decision, establish the pros and cons of each side. Make sure you have a thorough understanding of the situation before saying or doing anything you might regret. Don't forget to factor in any feelings or emotions you might have on the subject. More often than not, people choose internships, jobs, schools, and other things based on what is logical. You'll find these same people, years later, feeling trapped and bored, deeply regretting their decision. Take some time now to invest in your happiness.
7. “Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
Have hope, be good, and believe in yourself.