“Go into the world and do well. But more importantly go into the world and do good.”
It’s that time of year…kids going back to school: some are taking small steps (as in kindergarten) and some are taking much, much larger steps like leaving home for college and the world beyond.
As parents we’re taking steps too – steps in letting go and getting used to a new “normal.” Sending a child to their first day of kindergarten doesn’t seem small when it’s your first time and dropping them off at college seems scary and exciting and happy and sad… truly bittersweet.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the different stages of our lives and always, as we transition from one to the next, there seems to be an intense (albeit magical) time of void – where the answers aren’t clear, the path hasn’t been revealed and although a plan is beginning to take shape, we really have no idea what the future holds.
These moments of void can happen pretty much anytime; before school starts, between jobs or careers, before or after a major shift in perspective, before a great accomplishment or after a great loss.
I wonder, as we process through our life’s changes and challenges, if we could look at each new stage like we would if we were going back to school. After all – it is school…the school of LIFE.
So, I created a “Back to the School of Life” golden nugget list so that it can be a source of inspiration or encouragement or support for anyone who is starting something new, anyone standing in the void on the precipice of a different tomorrow or a new chapter.
(Back To) The School of Life Golden Nuggets
You are capable of so much more than you know or could begin to understand right now. Trust that.
Follow your passion – life isn’t about the day when nothing out of the ordinary happens. It’s about dancing in the rain outside the box and being everything you can be.
Don’t listen to the people who say you can’t. Including yourself. You can.
Surround yourself with great friends – great friends who encourage you and inspire you and require the same of you.
Do not let fear run your life. Let LOVE run it.
Love with all your heart and remember the heart is a muscle and it can get bruised, but it will heal over time.
It’s OK (in fact, it’s 100% necessary) to make mistakes and to have failures. How you take responsibility for your mistakes and your failures is an indication of what kind of person you are. Be the good kind.
Learn to be alone and enjoy your own company.
Never stop learning. You could master an entirely new concept every day for the rest of your life and you wouldn’t even come close to knowing all there is to know. Knowledge is exciting and powerful.
Trust your intuition. If it feels right do it. If it doesn’t, don’t.
Shine your light. There is not now, nor will there ever be another you. Your uniqueness is your gift so don’t down play your differences – share them with the world.