Today the staff of C&T Publishing are getting thoughtful, reflecting, and thinking about what we would say to our younger selves. I don't know about you, but I think we came up with some truly wise advice. What advice would you give to a younger version of you?
Liz: Treasure and nurture your relationships—be respectful and kind, but don't lose yourself.
Sue: Go with the flow.
Angela: Don't sweat the small stuff... Everything works out the way it was planned, not the way you want it to! :-)
Kelly: Don't be afraid to FAIL; attempt things that may seem out of reach.
Roxane: Exercise everyday! Even if you don't need it now, you'll totally need the habit later.
Dawn: Just because you are afraid to do something doesn't mean you shouldn't do it (unless it's swimming with great white sharks—THAT, you may not want to do).
Betsy: To quote the great Dr. Seuss: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Alice: Keep spending time with your parents and older family members. Listen to and record their stories. It'll make your relationships stronger and will give you insights into why you and/or your family is the way it is.
Tim: I would tell myself to slow down. There is no reason to rush through life to try and achieve or receive more of anything. Remember, love and cherish all of the small things because they are the memories that matter.
April: 1) You never actually have it all figured out. We're all just kinda wingin' it. 2) Accept yourself for what you are and what you are not, but keep challenging those ideas. 3) Try not to take yourself too seriously.
Debbie: Don't be so afraid. Just step out and DO what scares you, and make it fun. You don't have to get an A in everything.
Jen: Buy stock in that little start-up weirdly called Apple.
Gailen: Keep sticking up for other people, but remember to stick up for yourself, too. And be the woman who fixes another woman's crown without telling the world it was crooked.
Ruthmary: Buy real estate..... and fabric too.
Amber: Take risks, learn to argue, stand up for yourself not just those around you.
Jennifer: Do the things you want to do, even if you're scared to do them. You'll regret more the things you didn't do than the things you did.
Sarah: Excessive worrying is wasted energy. Enjoy what's in front of you and stop constantly worrying about what's ahead. Life is too short for that.