Social media can be inspiring, provide a laugh or bring you to tears. On the flip side, it can provide a false impression that others are living a better, more fulfilled and financially blessed life than you. You may have grown up in a very tough situation, not having good role models, not eating regularly and definitely not getting guidance on how to be a responsible adult. It is easy to think that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You should know that the rest of your life is up to you. How you deal with adversity is what will define you.
Protect Your Health
This must be the first step and the ongoing basis for your best life. After all, can we really live to our potential if we are always sick or tired? There are huge health care disparities among the poor and people of color as opposed to higher income groups and Caucasians. Do not let this determine your health. Keep active, eat healthily and pay attention to your body when it tells you something isn’t right. Go to your doctor or local free clinic when you first have symptoms. Think of it as an investment in yourself. You could literally save your own life by being proactive. Keep in mind that your mental health is important, too. When the going gets stressful, try meditation.
Education is the key to your future. It doesn’t have to mean higher education, either. Read every resource, either from your library or online, about the behaviors of successful people. Look for inspiration from people who came from difficult or humble beginnings. Educate yourself on what lines of work will get you closer to your goals. Do you want to own your own business? Seek out business owners whom you admire. Ask if you could buy them a cup of coffee and get some advice on how to set yourself up for success. A mentor can set you on the road to success.
Find and Use All Resources
It is critical that you investigate the resources available to you in your community. Some colleges and businesses offer free seminars on how to manage your money. Food pantries can help families’ budgets stretch more. Maybe you need subsidized housing while you finish school. If you are ready to start a business, some cities have small business incubators that can provide subsidies to get your business off the ground, office space at low or no cost, and guidance for getting your paperwork in order.