Have you ever looked at an old picture of yourself and gone back in time to the moment the photo was taken? Wouldn’t it be great if you could go back and share all of the wisdom that you’ve gained with your younger self? These are the thing I wish I could tell my younger self.
12 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self
I am about to take you into my childhood with the pictures in this post. Get ready to see the younger me.
1. You are Good Enough
Do not let anyone tell you any differently. There will be people who will try but I promise you, YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! Go after your dreams and don’t let anyone hold you back.
2. You Can’t Plan Life. You Will Survive.
Life will throw you curveballs and some of those curveballs are going to hit you hard. It’s ok. Get up, dust the dirt off and keep swinging. (As you can tell. We still LOVE baseball.)
All of these “problems” are going to turn you into a strong and confident woman, who doesn’t let anything or anyone get in her way.
3. Keep Begging For That Puppy
4. Face Your Fears
Ok…all of your fears except snakes. We are still working on that one. Every other fear, however, we have conquered. So be the confident girl I know you are. The girl who doesn’t like to let others see her as weak and face those fears.
5. Eat Healthy and Workout
You like spinach and kale. I know shocking. Eating healthy has become a way of life and it feels amazing! So, why not start eating healthy now?
You won’t always be able to play sports. Injuries will end that dream quickly. It is ok, we have a bigger dream than playing sports. So find another workout you love. I recommend swimming and biking.
6. You Don’t Have to do What Everyone Else is Doing
Marriage, kids, certain careers…those ideas might be forced on you or you might be forcing them on yourself. This is your life. Decide what you want and don’t want and stick to it, even if you are being pressured by someone else to think otherwise. You don’t want kids? That’s fine. You want to change careers suddenly? Do it! Because when you get older, these decisions come with severe consequences and making them will be a lot harder. Find out who you are; don’t let others tell you who you are. They are wrong.
7. Positivity is Infectious
Smile more, worry less. I promise you that life isn’t as bad as you think it is. We learned to have fun and let go of the things weighing us down and now life is a lot more fun. Your humor draws people in, so stop hiding it. Don’t worry about what others think of you. Have fun and laugh often.
8. Be Nice to People
You never know what someone is going through. So smile. Say hello. Help them.
9. Say NO!
Say it again and again. Practice ignoring the guilt that comes from putting yourself first.
10. Learn to Let Go
Let go of anything and anyone who is holding you back. Don’t let history, common friends or even convenience make you hold on to people. The right people will make you feel good after you’ve spent time with them.
11. Multiple Sclerosis Will Make You Stronger
Don’t run from it. Embrace this awful disease and remember that it can’t control you if you don’t let it. We got this and we will live with it the best we can. I promise that it is going to be hard, actually, this will be the hardest thing in your life. But it will show you more about yourself than anything else possibly could.
12. Don’t Be Afraid to be YOU!
I am so proud of who I am at age 24. I am happy, strong, and confident. And I wish I spent more of my teenage years believing that. It would have made so many things much easier.
Dear Younger Me, The world holds infinite possibilities. DREAM BIG! Love Your Older Self
What would you tell your younger self?
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