What adjectives come to your mind when you hear the word “youth?” I visualize powerful, outrages and unique individuals; young people with their whole lives ahead of them, but life is only as good as you make it. The question is, how do you make the most of your youth?
To find out, y2m, the sole youth marketing company in Dubai asked high school seniors, college grads, young and mature professionals to find out how they make (or made) the most of their youth. In their most candid confessions, they reveal what they do, what they’d done, and what you need to know to make the most of your youth. Think of this as the ultimate youth handbook—it will give you ideas (and confidence) to make choices that are right for you.
Talking about things is easy, the doing part is the hardest.
Don’t worry if your passion doesn’t seem impressive and doesn’t make you a lot of money (yet). If you excel at it, you can make it prestigious. Being passionate about an activity will not only make your experiences more worthwhile and enjoyable, but people will be excited to experience it with you.
Stuff is fun today and old news tomorrow. Experiences on the other hand are priceless and will be with you forever. Instead of wasting money on more stuff, invest into experiences such as travel, concerts, marathons, seminars, etc.
Travel the world as much as you can, or go on a foreign exchange program and live in a foreign country. It’s amazing how much you can learn by experiencing different cultures and languages. Think how much fun you can have meeting people from other parts of the world.
Find joy, love and humor in the small everyday things. It could be a quiet moment in the park, a good book, a tasty meal, a child’s laughter, a beautiful song stuck in your head, etc. Recognizing the beauty and simplicity in everyday life will keep you young and grounded.
Don’t try to be an adult before you actually are one. Enjoy the fact that you are young. Act silly, laugh a lot, tell bad jokes, wear funky clothes– just be young!
Don’t worry too much about grades, but remember that school is important, not just for a career, or the education, but it’s the best social networking you will ever do in your life.
Friends come and go, but your family stays forever. Shower them with love and gratitude while they are still around.
Why fit in when you can stand out! Don’t ever letpeople discourage you from following your dreams and goals. Be who you want to be. It’s ok to be different.
Try to make good choices in life because some of them will have an effect on the rest of your life. Think how long it will take to recover from a bad choice and how painful that might be. Ask yourself, is it really worth it?
Treat people well, and expect the same. It’s good to learn early in life that if you treat people well good things will come your way too. It’s important that what you “put” out is genuine, good and decent. People will recognize that and return it to you in the same fashion.