Some say that as we age, people get wiser. We gain experience, overcome challenges, and learn more as we travel through the years. These lessons can bring new insights and ways to handle different seasons of life. Sometimes people will also look back and think about what advice they would give to their younger selves, and that is exactly what a few of our writers and readers did.
To my younger self, I would say:
“Don’t be in such a hurry. Time is going to fly, and there’s no reason to rush through it. Take your time and think through your choices. Also, what you think is important now is going to change. Your values and priorities will deepen. It’s not that you’re superficial, but the things you have wasted time worrying about won’t matter in 20 years. Lastly, stuff is just stuff. Eventually – it will be clutter. Learn the difference between want vs. need.” – Denise
“Take full advantage of all the opportunities you are given.” – Martie
“Be kind to the people that are the hardest to be kind to. And wear sunscreen.” – Tabatha
“Be the one that stands out from others…in a way good way. Be the one that does not have to drink to have a good time, be a trailblazer…start a trend with fun alcohol-free options. It is so liberating to be able to drive anywhere, anytime. Then, consider the more obvious reasons like safety, no headache the next day, etc.” – Keela
“Take the time to soak up every moment. Don’t rush through phases of your life even if they feel frustrating at the time. Every moment is magical and goes by too fast.” – Samantha
“Never tell yourself you are not smart enough to accomplish your dreams. Allow time to grow your different interests. It takes time.” – Melissa
“Don’t give up on your dreams, even when you feel like they are impossible. It’ll take hard work, but you’ll get there.” – Alyssa
“Trust your gut more, be less afraid to let go, and your body is fine the way it is.” – Ivy
“You are stronger and more capable of handling difficult times than you think. Remember to appreciate each moment and don’t take times for granted. To quote the character Andy from The Office: ‘I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good ole days before you’ve actually left them.’” – Megan
Every now and then, pause and take a moment to reflect on your life and the lessons learned. These little pieces of wisdom just might be helpful to someone, no matter how old they are, or just a peaceful reminder as to how far you have come in your own life.