Until someone creates a time machine, I’ll be stuck fantasizing about what I’d say to my younger self when I go back in time to warn myself about the things that lay ahead (because let’s all be honest, we’d all warn ourselves about something). With this knowledge I could have avoided sooooo many pitfalls! Here are some of the things I’d be sure to say:
Religion is important. Believe in something greater than yourself. It’s good for you and helps you not be so stuck up.
Sex is overrated. Surprisingly, sex with your spouse is EXACTLY like sex with all the other people before your spouse. It’s awkward at first, then it got better. You’ve got to work at it to keep it interesting. And as a bonus, not having to worry about the health status of your various partners saves you a lot of time and emotional strain.
Build (and keep) your good credit. Start young, at the very least high school-age. Having good credit is SO ridiculously essential. I could not possibly express how important your credit store is to you without being able to physically grab your collar and shake you wildly. EVERYTHING depends on your credit score in some capacity. Guard your credit health as fiercely as you guard your children. (You’ll find – and marry – a GREAT man, by the way, and you’ll have at least three kids, but you’ll find out about all that later…)
Skip college. At least for the first year after you graduate from high school. Take that year to travel around and get to know the world outside your zip code. It will help you open your mind and help you achieve a level of maturity and compassion that I think you would be hard-pressed to develop elsewhere. And while you’re at it, go volunteer somewhere like here, here, or here. Or go join the military.
Save money. There’s a song by the Wu-Tang Clan called “C.R.E.A.M.” The acronym stands for “Cash Rules Everything Around Me”. It does. So save money. Save money and make money. Did you know you could make money by saving money?? GO SAVE A BUNCH OF MONEY NOW!
And perhaps most importantly, to be kind to yourself, too. You do so much for others…You need to remember to do for yourself, too. It’s not selfish. It’s fair. You need to take care of yourself in order to be able to take care of everyone else.
What would you say to yourself, if you could talk to you-10-years-ago? What advice would you give yourself? Let me know, leave a comment below!