• Don’t cry.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • Don’t lie.
  • Don’t steal.
  • Don’t hangout with “bad” friends.
  • Don’t talk to boys.
  • Don’t have sex.
  • Don’t show your emotions.
  • Don’t let people know your relationship issues.
  • Don’t bring shame on your family.

We are raised with a huge list of things we shouldn’t do. I wonder if most of us would be more rounded adults if the people around us encouraged us to do certain things instead.

  • Cry if you have to.
  • Engage in meaningful conversations.
  • Say things that bring people up.
  • Be generous.
  • Pick friends that share your goals.
  • Interact with the opposite sex at a pace comfortable for you.
  • Have safe sex.
  • Show your emotions, it’s healthy.
  • Talk to your friends and family about what you’re going through, seek professional help if you need it.
  • We’re proud of you no matter what you do.

I can’t blame our parents or society for this though…even most of the 10 commandments are a list of don’ts.

One thought on “Don’t

  1. Oh Ruby! I couldn’t tell you how much I love this… hard to blame the folks though what they pass on is limited to what they know. Now that we are pass the age of blaming others for how we turned out, perhaps we should consider proactively reminding ourselves of the “dos” I sure need to…



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