What I would tell my 20 year old self

the 20sDon’t take yourself so seriously.

Don’t take anything or anyone for granted.

Don’t settle down until you’re at least 30! What’t the rush? You have your whole life to be a partner and parent.

Take every opportunity – no matter what!

Say yes more than you say no – to healthy and fun experiences.

“This too shall pass”- is so true for good and bad things.

Know that friends will come and go. Don’t chase them. The right people will stay.

Money isn’t everything, so if you hate your job, find something that you LOVE!

Date, date and date some more. Don’t just settle with the first one that comes along.

Learn to like being alone.

Keep in touch with the special people in your life.

Don’t give in to peer pressure.

Get into a healthy lifestyle now- it gets harder the older you get.

Always always always trust your gut and your hunches. It could save your life.

Don’t compare yourself to others. People will have more or less but everyone’s journey is unique.

Forgive yourself easily.

Apologize when necessary and really mean it.

Volunteer as often as possible.

Whatever you think is the “end of the world” surely isn’t.

Don’t be embarrassed to cry or to speak your truth.

Whatever your passion is; don’t let it die! Find a way to nourish it.

Learn not only from your own mistakes but from others mistakes also.

If someone hurts you or walks away from you; feel the pain but then let it go. There’s surely a reason and someone better is bound to come along.

Have faith. Sometimes that’s all we have at a particular moment.

Have a very long engagement should you decide to marry anyone in your 20’s. Why rush if it’s forever?

Always be open minded and open to opportunities.

Have face to face conversations with the people you love more often (especially in this tech driven world)

Learn to sleep alone. Live alone. Fly alone. Exercise alone.

Have lots of fun and make lots of mistakes.

Don’t be embarrassed to dance if you like to dance – get out there and enjoy it.

Practice your spirituality.

Watch less TV and read more books.

Be a true and genuine friend.

Don’t contribute to gossipers.

If you make a promise, keep it.

Don’t lie! It will make life much more complicated.

If you are not happy with any type of relationship in your life, try to communicate with the person. If you can’t see eye to eye, it is okay to distance yourself from any negative or toxic people; related or not.

Plan your own life because other people will project their failed dreams on to you.

Follow your dreams. If you never try, you’ll never know!

Never let anyone tell you or make you feel like what you like is “not cool”

Stop caring what other people think so much. It really doesn’t matter.

Ask for advice if you need it and take the good advice to heart. Especially if someone is older than you, they most likely have been there. 😉

Be a positive role model to the young people around you.

Use birth control! No excuses if you’re not ready to be a parent.

Realize that this is the decade of your life that you get to explore, dream, discover, stumble, have triumphs, learn, make mistakes, get your heart broken, fall in love and the list goes on and on. This is the decade where you figure out who you are. Enjoy it! You won’t have everything figured out and you’re not supposed to! Find out who you are and go make a difference in the world. In the end it will go by SO FAST (no really!) you hear that all the time and you’re wishing your life away. Time is something you can’t get back so truly enjoy every moment. You’ll look back and laugh and cry at your 20’s but in the end I’d say it’s probably one of the most formative decades of your life! Enjoy the ride.

 

Hugs and Loves,

Wishes for the Soul

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