1. It’s okay to cry
2. Orange juice is gross but it’s good for you so drink up
3. Use minty toothpaste, it’ll wake you up
4. Make sure people you care about know that you care about them
5. Go on walks
6. Spend an entire day alone, you’ll learn things about yourself
7. Spend time with people younger than you
8. You don’t have to be strong all the time
9. Show respect to everyone
10. Spend time with your parents
12. Don’t hold grudges, you only weigh yourself down
13. Thoroughly clean your room once a week
14. Cook for yourself
15. Those pants make your butt look amazing, buy them
16. Accept others’ opinions
17. Don’t let anyone change your beliefs
18. You’re young, have fun
19. Commit to something, anything.
20. Make friends, branch out.
"A few years ago, I got a call on my cell phone from a twelve year old child from my village. He was calling me from a bus stop. He’d taken a bus into the city alone, and he was calling me to ask if I could help him find a way to go to school. Both of his parents had died of AIDS, and he had no money for tuition. I told him to stay where he was, and left work immediately to pick him up. At first I was very mad at him. He should not have travelled alone. But then I looked at him and I saw myself. I’d also been desperate to go to school after my father was killed, but we had no money. So even though I was suffering myself, I told him I would try to help him. My salary was not enough, so I tried many things to get the money. After work, I went to the landfill to hunt for recyclables. But after I paid to have them cleaned, there was no money left. Now I’m trying to make bricks. I have a small operation in the village to make bricks, and I sell them in the city. It doesn’t make much money, but it’s enough to pay tuition for the boy and three of his siblings.”
"Even the birds in Gaza are celebrating."
i promise that someday
i’ll buy you a place
where you can say “what a nice view”
and i’ll agree
while looking straight at you
Beyoncé’s full performance at the 2014 VMA’s
And to parents… it is your absolute responsibility, especially to your daughters, to compliment them. It’s not wrong of you to tell them ‘you are beautiful.’ You should tell them they’re beautiful. Because if they don’t hear that from you, they’re going to look to hear that from somebody else. Our girls have low self-esteem because nobody validates them — especially the fathers. The fathers, you have to go out of your way to compliment your daughters. And stop having the attitude that nothing they do is good enough. Stop talking down to them, it’s killing them. It’s killing them. In our deen we always talk about the rights of the parents, and they have rights. But they have responsibilities, too.