1. Don’t trust the weather reports.
Take a jacket with you even on sunny days. Take sunscreen even when it’s supposed to be cloudy. Things change suddenly in life, so be prepared.
2. Test the waters.
Washington beaches are beautiful, but the water is cold. Look before you leap, and dip a toe in before you dive.
3. Do not be a fair weather fan.
Support your sports teams and follow your passions in good times and bad. You never know when things might turn around.
4. The best things in life are free.
You can do more than you think without spending a dime. Going outside and enjoying the beauty of nature is free, and it reminds you of how amazing life really is. Watching a West Coast sunset is the best.
5. But the second best things are very expensive.
Let’s be honest - there are a lot of incredible things you can do in Washington (and the world) that happen to be pricey.
6. The world is a big place, and there’s a place for everyone in it.
Washington has big cities, small towns, rolling hills, flat wheat fields, religious people, atheists, conservatives, liberals, scientists and artists. Even if you end up living somewhere else as an adult, there’s always a place in Washington that will feel like home.
7. But sometimes it’s also a small world, so treat everyone you meet with respect.
You never know when you’ll run into a friend of a friend from high school, a former boss or someone who “knew you when.” Treat people the way you want to be treated and you’ll never have to worry about an awkward run-in.
8. How to spend a rainy day.
Even the east side of the state gets its share of rain. That just means you’ll have the opportunity to get lost in a good book, enjoy a movie marathon or perfect a favorite recipe.
9. You can do anything you put your mind to.
Washington has given the country Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Costco and Expedia, just to name a few. Not everyone has to like these companies to respect their stories and realize their own potential for greatness.
10. The one time you don't check Snoqualmie Pass before you drive it is the one time you'll get stuck on it. Always, always check.
It could snow heavily in April and be closed for rock blasting in mid-July. Know what you’re getting into.
11. Enjoy every moment.
The people of Washington know that a major earthquake could happen at any time. We get all four seasons, meaning many of us are just as passionate about snow sports as we are soaking up the summer sun. We embrace each moment in life.
12. Be yourself.
People are going to judge you anyway, so you might as well live the life you want. Their opinion of you is none of your business. Be yourself, and love who you are.
You’ll leave a carbon footprint on planet Earth. Do all you can to make it small for future generations.