I shared this wrote and shared this post in August 2011 and really enjoyed rereading the letter to a younger version of myself. Now I’m a year older and hopefully a tiny bit wiser – feels kinda crazy! I wanted to repost the letter again today. A few more things I would tell a younger version of myself as of today? Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks, spend more time offline rather than glued to a screen, set really big and crazy goals for yourself, jump on any scary or uncomfortable opportunity, celebrate frequently, don’t be scared to grow up!
What advice would you tell a younger version of yourself? I’d love to hear!
dear young me,
Don’t fall for the bad boys. They will hurt you and break your heart.
Don’t give in. Don’t give up.
Read more books – and not just the ones you’re required to for class.
Be open to the beautiful, wonderful and magical opportunities every day brings.
Talk to your grandparents at least once a week.
Don’t forget to say thank you to the people who have made a positive contribution in your life.
Drinking to fit in is not the right reason to be drinking. Ever.
Don’t let your age define you.
Be kind to everyone. Go out of your way to introduce yourself and be friends with as many people as possible.
Listen to mom and dad’s advice. They really are a lot wiser than you think.
Strive to be the best person you can be.
Be open to possibilities.
Wear whatever you want!
Stop caring so much about what other people think of you.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t determine your worth by your body size, GPA, relationship status.
Learn to laugh at yourself.
Enjoy your little sisters. They look up to you!
Never second guess who you are, where you’ve been and where it is that you are going (okay, SATC quote…but still valuable advice!)
Keep you standards high and hold your head up even higher.
Quit basing decisions around popularity. Don’t be scared to do something just because “someone will be mad at you.”
Write down your favorite memories – you’ll want to remember them later.
Limit yourself on the dining hall food.
Embrace your flaws.
Don’t put up with people who bring you down.
Stop beating yourself up. Everyone makes mistakes – you will make plenty more. Dust yourself off, learn your lesson and move on living a better life.
Have fun, but be smart.
Befriend people who are both older and younger than you.
Take time to remember at least five things you’re thankful for every day.
With freedom comes responsibility.
Tell your parents thank you. Often.
People are rooting for you. Learn to root for yourself.
It’s more important to be nice than it is to be funny. lt’s more important to be kind than it is to be cool.
Surround yourself with people who build you up, encourage you, love you.
Be nice to people even when they don’t deserve it. Be quick to forgive.
Life is beyond what you imagine. It’s so much better.
love, still learning and growing 22-year-old me.