My journey to a healthier me

Tales of my life

Notes to myself …

on August 11, 2012

This post was inspired by my friend Jeff who wrote something similar for his own blog. Click here to read it.

I’m sure we’ve all thought about it from time to time. We look back at who we were and things we’ve done. We might wish we had done things a little different or we had more information before making the decisions we did. Hopefully we don’t have many regrets. So if I could go back in time and talk to my younger self at various stages of my life, what would I say? These are in no particular order. And the list is far from complete.

1) school is important, don’t waste your opportunities there.

2) food is not comfort nor is it your only friend.

3) it’s okay to be a little weird.

4) friendships are important … make sure your friends know how much you value them.

5) it’s never too late.

6) let more people “in” … take down your walls, or at least make them smaller.

7) don’t be afraid to show people the real you.

8) never lose your sense of humour.

9) never stop learning.

10) travel more.

11) always remember your love for books.

12) have dreams and goals … and go after them.

13) don’t take your loved ones for granted … you don’t know how much time you’ll have with them.

14) don’t be afraid to fall in love.

15) be crazy once in a while … life is too short to be serious all the time.

16) appreciate the little things, the every day things.

17) try new things, even if they scare you a little.

18) be careful who you share your secrets with … not everyone who seems like a friend is one.

19) it’s okay to have secrets.

20) believe in yourself.

21) laugh and smile more.

22) be true to yourself.

23) don’t be afraid of making mistakes.

24) trust your instincts.

25) sometimes you really just need to take a nap.

26) take more risks.

27) never lose your passion for writing.

28) don’t be so hard on yourself.

29) you’re a good person.

30) no one is perfect.

So that’s just a few of things I wish I could tell the younger me. Some of them seem simple. Most should be common sense. But hindsight is 20/20 as they say. Having said that, I don’t have many regrets in my life. And most of the ones I do have are more about what I didn’t do. I didn’t ask the cute guy out … I didn’t stand up for myself when I should have … I didn’t tell someone how much they meant to me when I had the chance. But everything I’ve done, everything I’ve said, every event has happened has helped shape me into the person I am. And I think I’m pretty great.

So what would you say to your younger self if given the chance?


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