If you could go back in time, and tell yourself up to five things, what would you say?
While I’m a big believer in having to live through our trials, pains, and sorrows in order to learn, grow, and become who we are today – I read this question in an email and it immediately captured me.
I haven’t been able to get it out of my head.
So I asked a handful of people I know what they would say…
I’d like to play blog tag with EVERYONE WHO READS THIS POST.
Challenge thrown down.
I’d love it if different people could copy and paste this post – and add onto it, wisdom from the people in their own lives. Let’s see how many truths we can accumulate. Don’t forget to link back to me so I can see too!
Also, if you’ve got some answers — throw ’em at me in the comments section! I want to know.
- “Love yourself as you are, but always strive to become better.”
- “You’re beautiful and worthwhile and priceless.”
- “You are a daughter of a King [God] and are destined to be a Queen. Act accordingly.”
- To my fifteen-year-old self: “You don’t know everything, you’ve got a lot more to learn about the real world. Much more wisdom to hear.”
- “If I had something to tell my younger self, it would just be that I wouldn’t change a thing. I have no regrets. My life has had the same ups and downs that every person does. But, I wouldn’t change who I have become. And, the best part, I have the three most miraculous children in the world! Just keep driving yourself forward every single day.”
- “My feelings matter.”
- “I am special and deserve to be loved and nurtured.”
- “There is help out there for kids in abusive situations.”
- “I was right when I wondered if families could be happy, supportive, and loving.”
- “I can be truly happy and someday I will meet a wonderful man that loves me for who I am – and I will have a beautiful family of my own and have the opportunity to be the loving role model I always wanted.”
- “It get’s better.”
- “You don’t really have to grow up in all aspects of life; most of your best times will involve being silly and childlike.”
- “Yes, I know it sounds foreign right now, but you CAN learn to meditate.”
- “You are who you are and that’s okay. You can still be a wife and a mom. Most people will still like you and the ones who don’t won’t matter. You’ll miss out on a lot of peace if you wait until you’re 26 to realize this.”
- “Don’t date that guy.”
- “Go to class.”
- “You’re not fat.”
- “Say ‘no thanks’.”
- “Don’t waste your time.”
- “Be more attentive in school. Now I understand the true importance of history! It’s a composite of everything we are – and a true path to whatever we will be. What, with all the warnings of what to not do again!”
- “Study Orwell more in depth. His 1984 is today! Are we in a time warp? Will we ever learn? And if we truly did, would we have the courage to change?”
- “Keep God’s commandments and follow without question!!!”
- “Go into baseball with Don Drysdale with the chance to pitch for the Dodgers.”
- “Do not get married at age nineteen.”
- “Do not start drinking.”
- “Don’t sell your 1967 Mustang fastback.”
- “Buy that house even if at first it will be hard.”
- “Save money for a rainy day.”
- “Don’t take that first pain pill.”
- “Most of all, I would beat it into myself to put my kids first in everything and to show them support in everything they do.
- “Be courageous.”
- “Don’t allow my fears to sway my dreams.”
- “When I meet a church member, listen with my heart. Better decisions will follow that knowledge.”
- “Career, financial, and investment advice.”
- “However, most of the wisest counsel I would like to give myself, I needed to learn through experience.”
- “Just because you do something differently than someone else does not make it wrong or the wrong way of doing something. It’s your own way!”
- “Always keep an open mind.”
- “Never make an important decision based on emotions.”
- “This Earth is not our home. Our home is with God. Stay focused on your Eternal goal and not the worldly experience.”
- “Stand up for the things that you need and believe in.”
- “Don’t stress over the little things. God is there to help you through any trial. He will make the pain lighter and easier to handle.”
- “Love yourself, shine your light.”
- Stop hating yourself. If you don’t, this bad habit is going to grow until it’s taken over your identity.
- Stop allowing others to choke the life out of you with fear.
- Hope. Believe. It gets better. So much better.
- I would read “Invictus”, hug myself, and whisper in my ear, between you and God, you are the master of your fate, you decide your life. No one else. Not anyone else. Not ever.
- Get to writing stories you want to write! Enjoy it. That’s why you do it. If there’s no passion, there’s no life.
by William Ernest Henley
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.