1) Help in whatever way you can, girl. Do not brush away the problems of the world simply because you can’t solve them. If you do your damnedest, then your children will do their damnedest, and then their children will do their damnedest, and maybe, eventually, the problems of the world might begin to get better.
2) Money cannot buy happiness. Money can, however, help provide opportunity, education, and a healthy and comfortable lifestyle. Do not make life about money, but do not be so ignorant as to think it is unnecessary. You may not be the most privileged person in the world, but you got to grow up with a lot of resources. You want to provide the same for your children.
3) But, remember that what makes you happiest is helping other people. A smile on someone’s face is worth so much more than a piece of green paper.
4) Appreciate the healthy body you have. Maintain it. Use it. Use it to help those who aren’t so healthy. Feel the muscles in your legs and feet and arms and torso when you wake up in the morning. Be glad you are not broken. Be glad you can walk, run, climb, reach, carry. Most of all, be glad you can dance. You are lucky enough to be able to do what makes your soul happy.
5) Your education is one of the most precious gifts you will ever receive. Be grateful for where you are - be proud you worked your ass off to get yourself there. Now don’t lose sight of why you chose Dartmouth in the first place: the community, the family, the humanity. Let THAT be your most important education. What you learn in the classroom is only secondary.
6) Do not waste time being unhappy.
7) Do not regret the past, because you can’t change it. Use what you learn to affect your future, and be grateful that your past (however much you dislike it) led you to where you are today.
8) Time seems infinite, but you are not. Time is a person’s most treasured and valuable possession. Do not waste yours, or that of anyone else.
9) Remember that love is not the ultimate goal of life, contrary to what Hollywood tries to teach you. Do not spend your life hunting. Find a partner as equally passionate and humanitarian as yourself, who will love you and the children you hopefully create. And when you do, do not waste time (see above) gazing helplessly into his eyes. Hold his hand as you both look outward, and feel a little more whole with his presence.
10) Love deeply. Sing loudly. Dance powerfully. Laugh often. Cry sometimes. Get enough sleep. Eat well…but don’t forget a little wine and chocolate. Appreciate the small moments. Cherish the love of an animal. Kiss. Don’t forget your friends. Listen. Take in the earth. Smell flowers. Smile. Go skinny dipping. Enjoy your youth. Enjoy your age. Choose to be young; growing older is required, growing old is optional. Become a mother; give the world the precious gift of a new being (and you know you want to be a mom more than almost anything). Never stop moving. Stargaze. Hold hands. Travel. Don’t forget where you come from. Don’t forget where you want to go. Take a break sometimes. Do not fear death. Celebrate life.