Kendall Driscoll's 20 Tips for Surviving Life
1) This list for surviving each day will hopefully be helpful--at least it'll be a good place to start. Go explore new territory, revisit old territory, and make up all the land inbetween.
2) Friends can be found anywhere, especially in the first violin section. Go find some violinists and make some music just because.
3) Life loses its beauty with lack of sleep. Just go to sleep. Now.
4) When the heart and mind say conflicting statements, you'll find yourself in verbal irony saying the exact opposite of what you had been thinking. The heart wins novels. The mind wins reality. Just accept that fact.
5) Music is a universal healer. Play it. Make it. Listen to it.
6) There is no happiness equal to that of finding a friend who you can spill your guts to only to realize you both share similar wavelengths. From there, you build a firm foundation upon which both of you can call a sanctuary. Keep these friends close. Always.
7) Defeat is exceptionally bitter when you have to surrender to a boy who writes haikus on desks for fun. Shake hands, accept defeat gracefully, and go back to the drawing board to create a better and harder hitting poem.
8) Life is what you make it, so make it count.
9) Poetry is a window to the soul. Go to all open mics hosted by Cafe Rio Blanco. (PS. They're one the THIRD Tuesday of each month, NOT THE SECOND.)
10) Picnics are fun, no more school is bliss, and the start of summer vacation is absolutely perfect for me right now. Live summer well!
11) Take a minute out of your day to remind those around you that you love them and their presence means the world to you. You never know when that person might not be there anymore.
12) There is honestly nothing more stressful than meeting deadlines for college applications...and then add to the fact that your stupid computer won't print the necessary forms. Just stuck it up and go buy a new computer...and go ahead and buy a printer that will actually do its job at 11 at night.
13) Just wait and listen--things will unfold in time and it sometimes turns out to have a pretty good result.
14) Beauty is on the inside. You're beautiful and don't let anyone ever tell you otherwise.
15) When wondering and pondering the question "How should I presume?", take a step back, breathe, contemplate, and look to your past to see who you really are. Evidence of who you are is present in some small way in the objects you've kept from your past. Reminisce and remember. And then, decide.
16) Don't wish too far.
17) Don't plan out every aspect of your life. The best things in life are those that are unexpected.
18) Keep your head held high. It'll keep you moving forward when you want to stop to take a break.
19) There's always hope. Don't ever forget that.
20) Make a list. It helps :)