IAM Girl Talk: What Do You Want?

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** Featured on Influencing Action Movement’s blog for teens.

I-AM-Logo_without-full-name2-e1372490826783WHAT DO YOU WANT? 

In case no one has ever asked you, I’m asking you that now. When it comes to your life, your future, your hopes, your dreams…what do you want?

The average life expectancy for a U.S. citizen is 78 years-old. That means, for those who fall between the ages of 11-19, you’re believed to have a good 60-67 year’s worth of life to live.

So what do you want to do with that time?

Take a look around you—your parent(s), role models, family members, elders, teachers, etc. Each one of them were a teenager just like you. Some may of had their hopes and dreams, and followed through with them; others may have taken more of a “YOLO” approach to life and landed wherever their decisions led them; some may have even taken life too seriously and subsequently ceased to enjoy the moments that one can never get back; and others, too overcome by the challenges and fears of life, may have never stopped to explore their potential or push pass their fears.

Now look at yourself in the mirror and answer the question: what do you want to do with YOUR time here on earth?

It can be hard to figure out what you want to do with your future (and, let’s be real, even your present) or how you’re going to make those dreams of yours a reality. But trust me, it’s worth figuring out.

Below are a few thoughts and questions to help jump start your thinking and hopefully, provide some sense of clarity about where you’re headed in life and what you’ll ultimately choose to do with your time.

If you don’t take the time to learn you, someone else will.

  1. While it can be beneficial for those within your personal relationships to know you and know you well, it can also be hazardous when you haven’t taken the time to learn you and your habits. It’s extremely important to know what motivates you (likes, dislikes, fears, insecurities, hopes dreams) because the truth is, once another person figures that information out, they can greatly influence/control your thoughts and actions. If they don’t truly have your best interest at heart, that leaves you in a very compromising situation. Learn yourself now and you’ll position yourself to be able to master life later.

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– Sincerely Syreeta

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