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Advice To My 16 Year Old Self

Monday, January 28, 2013

If I were able to talk to my 16 year old self I would tell her:

Take care of your body, you only have one and there are no do overs. Eat healthy and get plenty of physical activity. Get involved in sports.

Follow your heart when it comes to your career. Don’t give up on your career choice and don’t let life get in the way of obtaining your goal. You will be much happier if you wake up each day excited about going to work as opposed to feeling like going to work is just something you have to do to pay the bills.

Don’t put too much value on material things. Focus on experiences and memories. Spend more time with family and friends.

Don’t worry about things you have no control over. All that does is create unneeded stress in your life.

Don’t be so hard on yourself; others are not judging you as harshly as you think they are.

Don’t strive to be perfect. Author Julia Cameron writes: “Perfectionism is a refusal to let yourself move ahead. It is a loop — an obsessive, debilitating closed system that causes you to get stuck in the details of what you are writing or painting or making and to lose sight of the whole.” This is so true and even though I know this to be true I still struggle with this. Don’t let this rule your life.

On a more positive note there are a lot of things you will do as an adult that don’t need changing. You will work hard to support your family. You will raise a wonderful daughter who will give you two fantastic granddaughters that you will cherish. You will start out each day with a positive attitude and end each day with a thankful heart.

I hope you take to heart what I’m telling you so when you are 63 years old you won’t have to have this conversation with your 16 year old self.

emoticon Your older and much more experienced self
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