Educational Insights 4.28.2014
Educational Insights 4.28.2014
Posted on 04/28/2014

This time of year, it seems that most students and staff are counting the days to the end of another school year! Therefore, the quote above seems fitting in encouraging us all to make the most of the allotted time left. 
          An article I recently read, written by a  Royale Scuderi, “10 Life Lessons People Should Learn Before They Turn 30” reminded me of the importance of how we all spend our time is. His advice is simple, yet profound! GCHS Seniors: take special note of the following list! These tips are truly life lessons.

1.    Money will NEVER solve your real problems. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the ‘stuff’ you can buy to ‘make it better’, you will never be happy.

2.   Pace yourself. We don’t have to have our entire lives figured out all at once…slow down, stop and think, mull things over. Setting goals is critical and working to achieve them is essential. However, rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by!

3.   You can’t please everyone. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected, and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity or happiness. Others cannot give you the validation you seek, that has to come from inside. Stay true to your values and stand up for what you believe, even if it isn’t popular.

4.   Your health is your most valuable asset. Most of us tend to take our good health for granted, particularly when we are younger. Good health is an invaluable treasure-always appreciate, nurture, and protect it.

5.   You don’t always get what you want. No matter how carefully we plan and hard we work, sometimes things don’t turn out the way we want them to…and that’s okay.

6.   It’s not all about you. You are not the epicenter of the universe. Even though we only have our own eyes to see through, it is essential to observe what happens around us.

7.   There’s no shame in not knowing. Nobody has all the answers or knows everything. Vulnerability actually makes us more human and relatable.

8.   Love is more than a feeling; it’s a choice. Relationships take work, we all have to forgive, need to be kind and supportive to keep real love alive.

9.   Perspective is a beautiful thing. Losing perspective can make us sad, upset, or angry. Sometimes just taking a step back and analyzing the real impact of the situation brings things back into perspective. If it isn’t a life-threatening event, it is likely not that important.

    10.  Don’t take anything for granted. Too often we don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Nothing in this life is guaranteed, take time to be grateful. 

-Dr. Paula Sissel

Garden County Schools

Superintendent/Elementary Principal

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