Do you ever wish you could go back and have a conversation with your younger self? Would you give yourself advice or share some insight about your future? Growing up, people always tell us that we learn from our mistakes, and that’s true, but how many of us actually reflect after a lesson is learned? Or just give ourselves a pat on the back for how far we’ve come? It isn’t until we have gone through some pivotal moments in our lives and make those big decisions that these key pieces of advice actually come into play.
– SLOW DOWN –
If I were able to go back and meet my younger self, the first thing I would do is give her a hug and tell her to slow down. During those early years of angst, trials and tribulations and growth, I remember wanting everything to move faster. Everything had to happen then and there. I remember feeling so anxious and wanting to control everything. In essence, I was worried about how life was going to turn out. If I had just taken the time to slow down, I would have enjoyed the process a bit more. I wish someone had told me that the universe has a plan for you and that it’s going to work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.
– LOVE YOURSELF –
Have you ever looked back at pictures and saw that you didn’t know who you really were back then? You were still figuring it out? Throughout those years of growing and learning, you become who you’re supposed to through life’s lessons. Your true self appears when you’re most vulnerable.
Looking back, I wished I took the time to really appreciate myself. My gosh, growing up through my teenage years and becoming a woman were lessons upon lessons. Your hormones are all over the place, not to mention the media projects beliefs onto you telling you about how you’re supposed to look and be. It’s no surprise we all wanted to be the definition of perfection. In doing so, sometimes we find ourselves saying yes to things we want to say no to because we want to please others. I definitely would have told my younger self to not be afraid to be bold, to say no, take those risks and accept and love yourself for who you are. You are fine just the way you are! Being real and true to yourself is never ugly except to the people who don’t understand you! And to those people that can’t accept the real you are not worth having around.
– TRUST THE PROCESS –
Trust your instincts; it never fails you. When you follow your instincts it always leads the way. I wish I had someone there to remind me of that when I was younger. There are lessons and hardships that are there to make you great and help you become the woman you are meant to be. Heartbreak, friendships and loss are all apart of growing up. The bad that you have to endure makes room for the good that’s yet to happen. Trust the process. You don’t stay lost forever and love always finds a way.
What advice would you tell your younger self? Share below. xoxo