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What I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self

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As this year comes to an end, I find myself reflecting on what an incredible year it’s been.  I’ve learned lessons.  I’ve reunited with people I’d lost touch with.  I had a milestone birthday. I’ve been kicked almost as much as I’ve been patted on the back…. Every year, I try to make New Year resolutions, but this year, I wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I’ve learned along the way.

Notes to my Younger Self

Family isn’t always easy, but it should always come first.

There is nothing more important than spending time with your kids.  Everything else can wait.

People will waste your time.  Hold out for the ones that are worthy of your time.

Material things will never matter.  Being able to provide for your family is more important.

You will make mistakes.  Always take responsibility and learn from them.

No one expects you to be perfect, they only expect you to do your best.

Make the most out of every moment with the people you love. They won’t always be there.

It’s ok to get angry, just love harder than you fight.

Taking care of yourself is important. It doesn’t make you vain, it makes you a better person.

It’s ok to ask for help. No one will think less of you because you can’t do it all.

Crying isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a release. Let it go.

Excess is a bad thing.  Just because you can have more, doesn’t mean you need it.

Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others.

The only place for drama should be on a screen.  Keep it out of your life.

Don’t follow in the destructive path that was set out for you, create a new, better path.

Set aside 20 minutes of every day to reflect on the good.

When life gets scary, keep going.  You are strong enough to get through it.

Wake up, get dressed and do it with a smile.  Even if you have nowhere to go.

That finish line may look impossible to reach, but you’re closer than you think.

You were born to be a Mother. Never question your ability to raise strong, independent girls.

When you achieve a goal, celebrate and then set a new, more challenging goal.

People will hurt you, surprise you and shock you.  Love them in return.

You will not truly understand true love until the day you hold your first child.

Your kids will make you upset, but their giggles will always melt your heart.

Find something you love doing and make it into your career.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

Never assume anything.  Ask questions and get the facts.

Imagine how you want your life to be and then go out and get it!

Always tell people what they mean to you and how they’ve made a positive impact on your life.

Time flies faster than you think. Soak in every moment.

Always stand up for yourself, no matter how badly you want to give in.

When you finally stop running from your past, you can focus on your future.

If you got the chance, what would you say to your younger self?

I hope that this year brings everything you desire and surprises you with even more. What are some things you wish you could tell your younger self? Comment below and share!

 

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  • Marie Goldstein
    January 22, 2019

    This is such a great post. Thank you for the advice.

  • Christopher Mitchell
    January 20, 2019

    I love these kinds of reflective posts, so thanks for putting this together!

  • Jeanne
    January 19, 2019

    I would tell myself to relax and have fun! My older self, stand up to bullies. Great post!

  • Charli Bruce
    January 19, 2019

    I wish I could go back and tell myself to never worry about what others think of you. I spent a lot of my 20s being scared to open my mouth for people thinking bad of me, I should have found a voice earlier than now.

  • Sigrid Says
    January 18, 2019

    Nice! If there’s one thing I want to tell my former self, that’s to have the courage to stand up and be independent in pursuing my passions and dreams.

  • Becca Wilson
    January 18, 2019

    I definitely wish I could go back and tell my younger self not to worry about other people so much. That I needed to focus on myself more.

  • Dani Flanders
    January 17, 2019

    I seriously love this post and the reflection you’ve done here. I think I would encourage my younger self to put myself out there more, to not be afraid, and to not worry so much about what other people think. I guess I *still* need to tell myself these things, but I was SO much shier when I was a kiddo and think I missed out on a lot because I was afraid to take a chance or stand out.

  • Monidipa Dutta
    January 17, 2019

    There are many things that I would love to tell my younger self too but we wouldn’t have listened to it.

  • Tea
    January 17, 2019

    Love harder than you fight! Love that! I’ll be using it moving forward. Thank you! xoxo

  • Catalina
    January 17, 2019

    These are notes full of wisdom! I should tell them to my kid. Maybe it will help him in his life!

  • Joanna
    January 17, 2019

    Life is about learning all the time, and if we would have all the knowledge when we are young, where the lessons would be? It’s important to always learn from our mistakes and become better people.

  • Louisa
    January 17, 2019

    Thank you for sharing your reflections/notes to your younger self. I took a few pearls out of this post.

  • Chubskulit Rose
    January 17, 2019

    I agree, family ain’t always easy. Sometimes, they’re the most difficult actually but no matter what, they will always be your family.

  • Dalene Ekirapa
    January 17, 2019

    Such beautiful tips to learn here. I love most of these but my best right now has to be ‘When you achieve a goal, celebrate and then set a new, more challenging goal.’ I’m really going to challenge myself this year indeed!

  • Alvern @ Success Unscrambled
    January 17, 2019

    It is often said that with age comes wisdom. I got to tell you life is not fair, why can’t we get wisdom much earlier? You have a great list of items that I wish I can stuff into the mind of each of my children but they just would not listen either.

  • Gladys Nava
    January 17, 2019

    What a great article to read! And to my younger self, hopefully, that you have been more courageous!

  • Ola @ WanderWithOla
    January 17, 2019

    What an interesting list. I really love this one: “The only place for drama should be on a screen. Keep it out of your life.” Yes to that!

  • Sheila Rhodes
    January 16, 2019

    I loved your post and the comments. The one thing I would say to my younger self is that your parents won’t be here forever and take the time to call them and involve them in your family’s life. They may drive you crazy, but once they are gone you will miss that craziness believe it or not.

  • Nabanita
    January 16, 2019

    Some wonderful lessons that life teaches us as we age, isn’t it? I would tell my younger self to go easy on myself.

  • Pam
    January 16, 2019

    These are all great notes to your younger self. I definitely agree about waiting for people who are worthy of your time and don’t waste it.

  • Dennis Littley
    January 16, 2019

    There is quite a bit of good advice on your list. Younger versions of ourselves could definitely benefit from the wisdom we learned over the years!

  • Enriqueta E Lemoine
    January 16, 2019

    I really love your list- So much common sense and wisdom! Great pieces of advise. You did a great job and I THANK YOU for sharing it!

  • Jenn@Engineermommy
    January 16, 2019

    This is such a great concept. There are so many things I wish I could tell my younger self, probably number one would be to laugh more and not sweat the small stuff.

  • Natalia
    January 16, 2019

    That’s so true that the older we get the more aware we become. I would leave a similar message to my younger self. You noted it really well … my younger self would be less stressed about the future after reading these points. 🙂

  • Marysa
    January 16, 2019

    Hindsight is 20/20 for sure.. I had a lot of issues in my younger years, from being adopted to living on barely any money with my disabled grandmother. I wish I could have told myself a lot of these things and reassured myself that things would be better.

  • Tara Pittman
    January 16, 2019

    These are all so good. The question is would our younger self listen to this wisdom?

  • Joan
    January 16, 2019

    Great list, there are so many things I wish I knew or had done when younger but its too late and all I can do is move forward.

  • jill Nunn
    January 16, 2019

    Since I lost my mom when i was 17 it would be to spend more time with her…to have more of those memories.

  • Terri Beavers
    January 16, 2019

    I love this! Yes, I wish I could tell my younger self a few things too. Mostly let loose, enjoy the moment and don’t worry so much about small thigs. Thank you for sharing

  • Brittany
    January 16, 2019

    Awww…what a beautifully written post! I always wondered what I would tell myself!

  • Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome
    January 16, 2019

    These are such good things to tell your younger self, I agree with all of them

  • Tomi C
    January 16, 2019

    I would remind myself to be bold. Oh, how I wonder what a touch of boldness in my youth would change my current life.

  • Mimi
    January 16, 2019

    My younger self really needed someone like me, I wish I could go back in time and be there for her! I would tell her that she has to be proud of what makes her different, that she’s special not weird

  • Cassie
    January 16, 2019

    A lot of useful information that I likewise would tell myself! Especially spending as much time with the people you love because you never know when you’ll lose them. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie
    January 16, 2019

    I would definitely tell my younger self to not waste time worrying about things. If it won’t matter in 5 years, don’t waste more than 5 minutes worrying about it!

  • Tasheena
    January 16, 2019

    I really love your list! I wish I didn’t take my younger years so serious. I wish I would have lived in the moment more.

  • Jeanette
    January 16, 2019

    I should do something like this! I think also I will have my son do something like this for him to open when he has a family of his own. Such a fun idea!

  • Alyssa
    January 16, 2019

    Love this!! So many inspirational things to think about for the new year, or really, for any time of year! And I love that photo! Is that you and your mom? So sweet!

  • Melissa Chapman
    January 16, 2019

    These are all great messages to live by. I think the most important is to learn from mistakes and take ownership and responsibility.

  • Alli Smith
    January 16, 2019

    These are such great notes for anyone to follow. Life is short and I would tell my younger self to just be yourself and love your life. Don’t worry about what others think.

  • Candy
    January 16, 2019

    I would tell myself I turned out really good. Done and seen so much and enjoyed life

  • Amber Myers
    January 16, 2019

    Oh man, yes about these lessons! I would write similar ones. I never knew how fast time could pass. I blinked, and 10 years flew by.

  • sarahslyfe
    January 16, 2019

    These are soo true..I found myself saying yup, yup, definitely so many times. I have also been meaning to write one of these. Thanks for the inspo

  • Alexandra
    January 15, 2019

    What a beautiful idea for a blog post. Looking back and reflecting is so important, and this is a great way of doing so.

  • Scott Gombar
    January 15, 2019

    There are some really good ones on your list. I would have told myself to save more and plan better.

    • Heather Castillo
      January 15, 2019

      Oh yes! That is a must on my list as well. And to pass by the credit card tables at college orientation!

  • Laura Dove
    April 27, 2018

    I agree with every single part of this. You will never know love until you are a mother that’s for sure.

  • Debra Hawkins
    April 26, 2018

    I love all of these things! Sometimes I wish I could do it all over knowing what I know now!

  • Ricci
    April 26, 2018

    These are all great!! I would tell myself to actually listen to your parents, they are usually right. Ugh. LOL!!

  • Heather
    April 26, 2018

    So many heartwarming messages! I wish as a teen I would have taken time to focus on the good. All that angst!

  • Trina
    April 25, 2018

    Yes! Yes, to all these things, oh how I wish I could tell myself 10 years ago to slow down, breath, and just sit and smell that newborn smell. I certainly could care less now if my husband and I had take out or a fresh meal or if the house was clean during that season of life.

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    April 25, 2018

    I wish that I could have kept my weight in check when I was younger. It would have made struggling with obesity nonexistent.

    Don’t be so angry with things that you cant control.

  • Leah
    April 25, 2018

    This is so great. There are so many things I know now that I wish I knew when I was younger.

  • Sara Welch
    April 25, 2018

    I would love to talk to my younger self. There is a lot of stuff that I would have to say to me!

  • Lisa Marie Heath
    April 25, 2018

    I read down this list of notes nodding my head and saying “so true” and “yes!” So many things I’d love to tell my younger self

  • Terri Steffes
    April 25, 2018

    I think mine would be: take care of your body. You only get one, and you want to keep it in as good of condition as possible.

  • Kathy
    April 25, 2018

    I love that you did this. This is such a great idea. I may need to do this as well. There are a lot of things I’d have to say.

  • Ruth I.
    April 25, 2018

    I can say these things to myself too. These are great notes and reflections. Don’t be afraid to fail. I have lots of regrets because of the fear of failure.

  • Rose Ann Sales
    April 25, 2018

    I wish to tell my younger self is ” enjoy your childhood days and play with your friends and siblings as long as you want”.

  • Melissa Dixon
    April 25, 2018

    This is a great list of important reminders for sure. Although we can not go back to tell ourselves we can look back and learn, I love it.

  • Marysa
    April 24, 2018

    I definitely look back and think of a lot of things I wished I had done differently – but hindsight is so much easier. I was young and naive.. I have a lot of advice for my younger self.

  • Brandy
    April 24, 2018

    I probably would have told myself that I didn’t need the attention I thought I needed to feel love. I had to go through a lot of therapy as an adult to gain confidence and soul searching, wish I had just started adulthood secure and confident 😉

  • Mary Edwards
    April 24, 2018

    Don’t stress over the small stuff. Also, we all make mistakes, it’s a part of life. Put yourself first sometimes!

  • Doria
    April 24, 2018

    Is it strange I’ve actually been thinking about this a lot lately? If there was one thing I could tell my younger self it would be, “Things may not get easier, but in the end you’ll have more control.”

  • GiGi Eats
    April 24, 2018

    NEVER ASSUME IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE BESTTTTTTTTTTT note I would have told my younger self! Man assumption has created more drama than EVER necessary!

  • Mandee
    April 24, 2018

    You know, I’ve never really thought about this. I’d probably tell my younger self to slow down and enjoy the small moments. Don’t take friends and family for granted and don’t let little things bother you.

  • Esther Irish
    April 24, 2018

    Ah lots of great nuggets here! One of my personal favorites is “When you’re wrong, admit it. When you’re right, shut up!” 🙂

  • Peachy
    January 15, 2018

    These are the exact same things I wpuld be telling my younger self if I can write back to her.

  • Gemille Sleweon
    January 15, 2018

    I love this! As someone currently in their early 20s, I appreciate when people older than me share their wisdom. Of course life’s best lessons come through experience, but I’ll never be too prideful to hear from those who have come before me!

  • Pam Wattenbarger
    January 14, 2018

    I love all of these messages to your younger self. I would definitely tell my younger self not to take things so seriously.

  • Sarah Bailey
    January 14, 2018

    I love this, it is amazing all the things we learn, year by year, day by day. I almost wish I could back and tell my youngerself some of the secrets I now know.

  • Kimba Marie Angelina Wiggins
    January 14, 2018

    If you know that person has bad intentions, do not date them under any circumstances.

    Wait until you’re a bit older and financially secure to have children. Parenthood is a permanent life changer with no “do-overs”.

    Don’t be so trusting of everyone. Not everyone is your friend or of pure heart. Don’t become paranoid, but keep a cautious eye out.

  • Kim
    January 14, 2018

    Don’t stress over small stuff that you can not change.
    Do smell the roses
    Wake up positive everyday – it’s better than to not to

  • Roch
    January 14, 2018

    These are great reflectios and realizations. I share more than half of yours, especially these ones:

    Time flies faster than you think. Soak in every moment.
    Always stand up for yourself, no matter how badly you want to give in.
    When you achieve a goal, celebrate and then set a new, more challenging goal.
    When life gets scary, keep going. You are strong enough to get through it.
    Make the most out of every moment with the people you love. They won’t always be there.
    Crying isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a release. Let it go.
    Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to others.

  • Candy
    January 13, 2018

    Reading through this list I couldn’t help but think how all of us could use this list. Doesn’t matter what your age.

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