Don’t Lose Your Playfulness

“If you had the opportunity to stand in front of a group of young adults, what is a piece of advice you would give them?”

“Don’t lose your playfulness. And don’t let life make you hard. Go barefoot and let the wind blow in your hair and just have lots and lots of fun! There’s nothing so serious that you can’t smile about it. So, smile.”

“What does happiness mean to you?”

“Happiness means loving yourself? It’s cheesy, but it’s so hard to do. I think once you fully love, but more so maybe accept yourself, and see yourself as you truly are, then you are on your way to happiness.”

“How do you learn to love yourself?”

“I look in the mirror and I compliment myself every day, and I smile at myself a lot too. People catch me and they call me out for it, but, um, yeah. I’m nice to myself. I was so hard on myself for so long and actually this summer, teaching yoga [is what] turned everything around. I saw myself the way little kids saw me, which was as a role model, and as someone they thought was cool! And I like that, and so I started to see myself that way and it really all took off from there.”

– Erin L.
(“I’m an architecture major who doesn’t want to be an architect. I want to own a plant nursery, and an apiary, and be a yoga teacher.”)

It’s about thinking with your heart, and being passionate about everything you do.

“If you had the opportunity to stand in front of a group of young adults, what is a piece of advice you would give them?”

“Alright, well there’s so much I want to tell them! Well, I feel like I would [tell] people, that life is short and you have to make the most of it. Obviously everybody always says that, but that is really something that you should do. There are so many opportunities to do stuff and to meet new people and travel, like I do. And that is the best thing [is] to open your mind to the world and to what’s going on, all the cultures, all the countries, everything. It’s really about being optimistic about life. [Even though] there are so many bad things happening in the world, we can’t complain about [it]. If something bad happens to you, you [should] always think of the positive stuff because there is always [something] positive that comes from a bad story.”

“What does happiness mean to you?”

“Alright *giggles* here it is! Happiness…well that’s such a small word, but that means so much. I mean, for me happiness is just, it’s about…it’s not about what you have, it’s about the people that you have around you and what you do with your life. And, taking opportunities and doing what you want to do when you want to do it. [It’s about] thinking with your heart, and being passionate about everything you do.”

– Magali C.
(“I’m from France. I have an amazing job that I love, and I live in Paris. I love the city; I have all my friends there.”)

Experience life, have fun. Do stupid shit!

“If you had the opportunity to stand in front of a group of young adults, what is a piece of advice you would give them?”

“Hmm. That’s a good question. Honestly, have fun. Get experiences. Money’s going to go away at some point, and you are going to come out of college with a deficit, as everyone does, or seems to at least. Experiences are what matter and they’re what you are going to live with forever. You are always going to have those memories. Experience life, have fun. Do stupid shit!”

“What if money were no object? What would you do?”

“If I accumulate a vast wealth? Definitely start doing more mission trips. I went on a mission trip to Honduras back when I was in my junior year of high school and it just really opened my eyes to poverty around the world. I know that’s like the most over said answer, but it’s so true. The little kids there, they are happy as ever with the smallest little thing. If you can just give them that smile it’s… I don’t know, you can’t put words to it.”

– Tye R.
(“Life is busy…that’s about it.”)