#1. Having a dog makes life a lot better.
#2. There is a limit to how many tacos you should eat.
#3. Nobody cares about how much you weigh, except you.
#4. Nobody wants to hear about yoga yesterday.
#5. The first day is always the hardest. It’s okay to be nervous.
#6. It’s okay to walk out on a date when you know you don’t want it to go anywhere.
#7. It’s okay to be picky when it comes to clothes you wear, food you eat and partners you date.
#8. Making out is fun and not something you should feel bad about.
#9. It’s okay to wave at dogs as they walk by.
#10. Be nice to everyone, even if they are mean.
#11. If you feel someone went to far, report it. Whether it be to a friend, a teacher or the authorities. You don’t want to spend the rest of your life wondering if someone could have paid for their actions.
#12. What other people did to you, isn’t your fault.
#13. What you do to other people, is your fault.
#14. Sometimes it’s good to quit things. If quitting your extra curricular activities mean saving your sanity – do it and don’t look back.
#15. Loving yourself is hard. Find someone that will love you enough for the both of you (in a nonromantic way). Of course it’s nice to have someone to kiss the bruises better, but a night of Chinese food with your best friend will heal even deepest hurts.
#16. Have a friend you are platonically in love with.
#17. Find a person that will cuddle you after you eat garlic fingers and caesar salad.
#18. High school ends. College Ends. The best year of your life is the year you are in.
#19. Listen to shitty music and watch cheesy movies.
#20. Never tell someone their music tastes are bad.
#21. Never make fun of the way someone talks, smells or eats.
#22. When you are sad you will want to make other people sad. It’s best to put yourself away for a while, be alone and realize that the sadness will pass.
#23. Never talk bad about your best friend, not even if you’re mad.
#24. Point tourists in the right direction if they are looking lost.
#25. Try it once.
#26. If you hate the job, quit. Hating a job everyday and crying every day isn’t normal and is toxic to your happiness.
#27. Always answer a call at two in the morning.
#28. Never tell a graduate “high school was the best time of your life”. You don’t know the battles they fought – life gets increasingly better after high school.
#29. Tell people you love them.
#30. Wear comfortable shoes 95% of the time.
#31. When being introduced to your partners family and friends, assume they already love you by extension.
#32. Never judge someone else’s personal life. What another person does in their spare time probably doesn’t affect you.
#33. Keep your appointments.
#34. Tell yourself you aren’t as annoying to other people as you are to yourself.
#35. Stop looking up your enemies on Instagram and comparing your life to theirs.
#36. You are always marketing yourself and every person you meet is a potential contact for a job or reference.
#37. Always squat when using public washrooms. Or do what your mom used to do for you and cover the seat in toilet paper.
#38. Half birthdays are a real thing and you deserve half of a cake.
#39. Love what you do. Life is too short for jobs you don’t like and friends who make you feel guilty about eating Pizza Hut after nine o’clock.
#40. If a stranger asks you to take a picture of them, take a picture of yourself first on selfie mode.
#41. Always take pictures for strangers.
#42. Girls should stick together (in life and in public washrooms). We should see each other as an inspiration not as competition. Help other women as often as you can.
#43. Be a feminist.
#44. Don’t be an asshole.
#45. Even if you are set in your religion, search other ones to stretch your mind. Try and understand why people believe what they do. It’s okay to accept other people’s beliefs and mix them with your own.
#46. If a man makes a joke – you don’t have to laugh.
#47. It’s okay to tell people their thinking is problematic, but it’s not okay to force your beliefs on them. Everyone, at one time, has problematic thinking (including you).
#48. Learning to love yourself is one of the hardest things to do in life but it’s worth it. Sometimes it looks like being alone and eating ice cream and some days it’s finally wearing a bikini to the beach.
#49. Don’t apologize for the car you drive or the people you love.
#50. Drop grade 12 Chemistry – you will never need to recite the Periodic Table in order after high school.