Things I Wish I Had Know… A Letter to Your Younger Self
Have you ever looked back at your life and wondered, if you’d known what you know now, would you have perhaps done things a little differently? Wondered how to live a life of no regrets? Because regret is a dead-end road to nowhere; after all, it’s important to remember that we are all only capable of doing the best with what we have at the time. It's easy, in hindsight, to think about all the things I wish I had known.
That’s why it can be sometimes constructive to look back over our lives and choices, not with judgment, but with a deep gratitude for all of the lessons and self-truths we uncovered along the way. The big life-changers that have helped you become the person you fondly recognize in the mirror today.
So ask yourself, what have the last few years or even decades had to teach you? If you could have seen your future-self 10 or even 20 years ago, what would you have thought? If you had the chance to travel back and speak with your past-self, what would you say?
Things I Wish I Had Know
Here are 5 pieces of advice many people wish they had been given when they were younger. Consider this a letter to your younger self…
1. Every Closed Door Is An Opened Window
It is true that every time a door is slammed in your face, a window of opportunity is opened. Don’t spend so long mourning the end of one thing, that you miss the beginning of another.
It may not be obvious at first, but trust me; better times are on the way.
That broken heart that helps you to grow; grow into the person that eventually finds ‘the one’. The dead-end job with the mean-spirited boss; the big push you need to start-up your own business. When things do not seem to be going your way, be sure to focus on the things that are going your way.
So, know when to look for the blessings. You are exactly where you are supposed to be.
2. Passions Are Meant To Be Pursued
Your world, your rules. You don’t have to stay in the job you hate – you CAN walk away. Follow your dreams and expectations; allow yourself to imagine and pursue a life outside of the beliefs and labels of others. Make it your priority to DREAM.
Whatever your passions are in life, you can always work to achieve them. Your goals and dreams are here for a reason, and if you settle for anything less than what you really want, you may regret it in the future.
3. Your Happiness Is Your Responsibility
Take responsibility for your happiness. You are the creator of your own life, you are not a victim. Befriend your thoughts, don’t be afraid of them. After all, they are your greatest tools for happiness.
You cannot control what others say or do, all you can control is how you feel and react to certain situations. If you can choose happiness each time, you can live a more fulfilled and positive life.
4. You Are Enough Just As You Are
Forget what the scales say, forget what the magazines say; you are enough.
Never measure your self-worth by what you see in the movies or on the billboards or in a fashion magazine; these are not what define you. Your heart, your deeds, your spirit; these are the things that do. Enjoy your body; it is all you have in the world!
Learn to love yourself, and show yourself care. You only live once and if you take care of yourself, you can start to feel worthy, loved and happy. Try not to compare yourself to others, as you are your own person, you are a unique individual and you are perfect the way that you are.
5. There Is No Destination… Just Enjoy The Journey
Stop living for ‘one day’ and begin living for NOW. The good stuff is happening today. There is no destination, just one long, incredible journey. Make every moment count!
Try to learn how to live in the moment so that you can truly take in all that is around you. You should start to see all the things you have in your life to be thankful for. Worrying about the past and the future is useless, as we can't change anything – but we can live in the now.
Oh and of course you would want to tell yourself, there’s no point worrying about things too much; it all works out in the end!
What would you want to say in your letter to yourself? Share some of the advice you’d give your younger self.
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