Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Wise Words From Readers: On advice to our younger selves

A few years ago, I shared some of the advice I'd give my younger self if I had the chance to sit down with that plucky, red-headed 13-year-old who once was so sure she was going to marry a certain Crush Boy and ride off into the sunset on a magical painted pony. No, really, I was so, so, so sure that it was destined to happen.

But then something happened -- something I never imagined would happen.

I, well, grew up.

I wanted to see if you all went through something similar, so last week, I ask this question: What advice would you give your younger self if you had the chance? You answered. Loud and clear, actually...

*Don't waste so much time on boys. The ones that matter come when you least expect it.

*Stop worrying so much about what others think of you; worry more about what YOU think of you.

*Protect your heart. Don't give yourself away too easily. Don't waste time on guys that aren't good to you or won't make time for you.

*Just relax. This doesn't really matter in the bigger picture.

*Drugs will melt your brain. Seriously. Don't do it.

*Breathe and count to 10 before reacting to anything that isn't an immediate emergency.

*Your body is you, too; take care of it because you will be stuck with it till the day you die. Don't worry about losing weight, but get plenty of exercise (dancing counts!) and eat as healthily as you can and still be content.

*Don't worry: be happy!

*You know what is right and true--ignore the noise!

*Trust your intuition.
Wonderful advice, friends! Anything you'd add? How cool would it be if we could actually chat with our teenage selves? And now, for next week's question...

How would you define true love?

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[Photos via Le Love]

1 comment:

  1. I would define TRUE love as the person you can be yourself with - sweatpants, Hello Kitty t-shirts, messy hair and a house that isn't "perfect". Your TRUE love makes sure to maintain a happy home full of kindness and joy. Your soul mate is your greatest fan, your greatest defender, and their greatest joy is your happiness (and vice versa). Life is too short to settle for anything less ox

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