Stop living life on autopilot.
By the time you’re 22 you must have heard these questions or a dozen variant of them more times than you can count. Some of the young people do not hesitate to answer that question with plans that their families made for them. Some hate to answer, and some laugh off and say whatever. Others avoid these questions for as long as they can, until they arrive at a crossroads, or a wakeup call shakes them.
I know a lot of friends who waited for their bachelor graduation to ask themselves: “now what?”
I think that at age 17 you should have some plan, an idea, a direction, a field of study or a specific industry to explore. I am not saying you should follow through with every single aspect of your plan from that age, no, you should continuously revise it, explore opportunities and re-direct yourself.
Do not wait for things to happen, be one step ahead.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
George Bernard Shaw
De-friend negative people
Some negative people are unaware of what they are saying, they say it because they feel it, you should work with those to help them get over the negativity and see the green side. Others might be doing it on purpose, to discourage you and hold you back. Either way, negative people are BAD for you and you absolutely do not HAVE to listen to them. You should either avoid them, or be honest and ask them to stop being negative because negativity is not going to do anyone any good. Sure, complaining or venting once in a while is healthy to let out whatever is bothering you and find a solution, but the constant nagging about every single thing and every single person EVERY DAY, is not!
“You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.”
By Eng. Sarah Bawazir
Teaching Assistant and Graduate Student, Khalifa University