6 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self
I'm sure we could all collectively write a novel full of the things that we would tell our younger selves. A lot of the things we've all experienced may vary, based on generational differences, technology that was available at the time, and of course influences/personal struggles in our lives.
I've done a lot of thinking, and there are a few things that I wish I could go back and tell myself. Obviously, I can't go back and change these things for myself but maybe these points will help you - or just be something your mind can resonate with.
Don't be afraid to be alone. Don't feel like you always have to be dating someone, focused on finding someone, or obsessing about guys. Learn to love yourself and get to know who you are. When you find peace with being alone, that's when something amazing will come into your life.
Save your money, honey. For the love of God, don't spend all of the money that you have from your paycheck on coffee and fast food. Adding up all of your fast food receipts at the end of each month will make you want to hurl.
Establish good eating habits. Speaking of food -- trying to develop good eating habits while you're young is SO important. Once you get used to having that large sweet tea and large french fries from McDonald's everyday.... it's nearly impossible to break the addiction.
Find a hobby YOU LIKE. If you have hobbies, or things that you enjoy doing as a past time, keep doing them! Whether it's dancing, singing, playing music, or artwork. These things are so essential to you winding down and having an outlet.
College VS No College. The pressure of going to college these days can be a little intimidating. If you know exactly what it is that you're wanting to do, college can be an AMAZING experience. I personally feel like there's a lot of us out there that feel like we HAVE to go to college, even though we don't really know what we want to do. Which, can either lead to an amazing career in the long run or just a whole bunch of debt. Think long and hard about what it is that you want to commit to and make sure it's what you want. Don't make it about what someone else wants for you. It's you. Your decision. Your life. Trade schools are also very popular these days, which could potentially be something to look into.
Stop comparing. I know this has come up before, but it's just so true. Don't be consumed with other peoples 'highlight reel.' You know -- their Instagram feed that looks like they're having more fun than you are. Truth is, we all breathe the same air, and for the most part do the same things. Some people just might be better at capturing the photo and editing it. Or have more TIME to edit it. That's it. It doesn't make their life more vibrant than yours. If we get caught up in comparing our lives to other people highlighted moments, we tend to lose sight on how lucky and blessed we truly are. Enjoy the present.
These are all things we have either done, found ourselves doing, or wish that we could go back and change.
We can't change the past. We have no idea what the future holds. However, we CAN control the present. This exact moment.
Make it count so you don't have to look back and wish for a do-over. :)
Katie - Rage Girl
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