When You’re 18. Again.

I’ve been asked to speak to a couple hundred high school seniors tomorrow morning with the requested subject matter along the lines of “What Can You Expect From Here On Out?” Good question, right?

I sat in that exact gymnasium 35 years ago and wondered the same thing. We’ve all been there. Some of us attended college, others jumped right into the marketplace or joined the service. It can be an exciting time, but also a daunting stage of life.

I hope to give them a sense of confidence and freedom as they move on from their friendly confines.

I’m curious… what would YOU want to tell your 18 year-old self, knowing what you now know? What bit of advice or encouragement would you give? Please leave a Comment below … I just might steal your material. 

Wish me luck. (140 words)

Don’t Be Offended

I’ve spent an awful lot of my life worrying about what other people thought of me. Whether it was my appearance, ideas, habits, music and food choices or my decision making, I would always wonder what “they” were wondering.

And, it would paralyze me. Or, it would alter an otherwise perfectly good idea or action. Solely because of a perceived notion that others wouldn’t approve.

I’ll never forget what my friend once quoted that has helped me (slowly) move past my insecurities and people-pleasing tendencies.

You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Boom! People are too tied up in their own life to spend energy criticizing or thwarting your endeavors. Make it and ship it. Buy it and wear it. Order it and eat it. Lead on! (139 words)