10. Someone somewhere wants to be like you when they grow up.
Even if you’re the night manager at 7-11, driving a 1999 Rav-4, and live with roaches who are home to enjoy your apartment more than you are, keep some perspective. Some kid out there thinks your awesome because you have a job, your own place AND you can drive. Maybe it’s because I work with teens, but even though I have my share of insecurities, there are classes I teach where I look back at young girls who think Ms. Toya has got her ish together, school debt living from check to check and all. Count your blessings, by thirty you probably have more than the 13 year-old version of yourself could have hoped.
Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog, Bullets and Blessings.