Have you ever wanted to go back in time and give some advice to your younger self? Yeah, same. Of course, there’s no use living in the past, and wishing for things that didn’t happen, because they did. However, if you had the chance to go back and tell your twenty year old self some advice, what would you say? Here is what some people would tell their younger selves.
Let Go Of Fear
Natalie Kessell from Biz Gals offers her advice. “The advice I would give my 20 year old self would be to let go of fear and to not let that hold you back from experiencing life. I think back to so many opportunities I was given that I didn't pursue or participate in because I was afraid of rejection, afraid of being judged or afraid of failure and I wish I had just taken the leap.” Find out more about Biz Gals by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Get A Better Mattress
No, not joking. A mattress that’s old and lumpy can ruin your posture, hurt your spine and make you feel like you’re eighty when you’re just fresh out of teenagehood. Not fun at all. A new mattress can be expensive, and if you’re not ready to commit to buying one, consider getting a memory foam mattress topper from MyDeal. A good mattress or mattress topper can help your bones, which only stop developing at the age of around twenty, and can help improve your posture, preventing a stoop and aching joints.
Aodhan MacCathmhaoil from Waster.com.au shares the advice he’d give his younger self. “When I look at my 20s - I (and most young people) spend lots of effort trying to get attention and responsibility at work. They are asked to be backed and given the responsibility of leadership. However, would you back yourself and start your own business - or make it happen yourself? If you would not back yourself - why should anyone else?” Find out more about Waster.com.au by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Don’t Dumb Yourself Down To Seem Cute - It Isn’t Cute
Don’t be afraid to embrace your nerdy side. Just because you love 18th-century history, punk and grunge music and Classical Rome, doesn’t make you lame, weird or out of the ordinary. That makes you you. When you dumb yourself down in front of others, especially boys, you don’t give off the full impression of yourself. Sure, everyone is a diet version of themselves when they meet new people, but if you act like someone you’re not, or you dumb yourself down to impress others, you’re doing yourself an injustice. Don’t think that acting dumb makes you cute, because it really doesn’t. At all.
Don’t Doubt Yourself
Alister Punton from My Home At Sea shares his thoughts. “My parents always said to me growing up "You can be anything you want to be when you grow up", I thought that was a throwaway line, it's not. Everyone told Steve Jobs he was crazy, but he eventually changed the world because he never gave up, even after many failings. The determination is the only thing that separated him from everybody else. You can have anything in life but you have to want it and work for it... hard. People will come and go from your life, that's just the way it is, just make sure you hold on to the people who will lift you up, not drag you down, the world is full of naysayers, ignore them and stay true to your beliefs and goals. Lastly, have a good time and smile... always, no matter what stage you are at or how you are feeling.” Find out more about My Home At Sea and their cruise ship living and retirement options by following them on Facebook
Take Your Fitness Seriously
It’s so important to keep your fitness levels up, especially when you’re young. Going to the gym regularly is a great way to get that stress out of your system, keep your body in good shape and keep your overall health in tip top condition. After you start uni, it’ll be hard to keep up the routine, and when you start working full time, it’ll be ten times worse. So get yourself into the habit of going regularly now. If you can’t make it to the gym, or you can’t afford the membership now, keep fit a different way. Take twenty minutes out of your day, pick up some pet toys and supplies, and walk your dog, play with your cat or just go for a stroll around the block.
Talk To Yourself Like You Would Your Best Friend
Lizzy Williamson from Two Minute Moves shares her wisdom. “When I finished school my dream was to become a professional dancer. I was eighteen years old and overjoyed when I landed my first international dancing job on a cruise ship. The first day on board, we dancers gathered on stage in our gold-sequined bikinis and yellow feather headdresses to do a run-through of the show. Before we began, however, it was announced that we all needed to lose weight. I felt like I’d been punched hard in the stomach. Up until that moment I had always had a healthy relationship with my body, but that all changed there and then. After the rehearsal I went backstage, holding back tears. Suddenly all I could see in the full-length mirror was how ‘fat’ I was. I soon decided that my body needed to be fixed. Exercise became a punishment for eating, a way to shrink myself. It became about clocking up a certain number of hours on the treadmill. I started to skip meals, ignoring the fact that I had no fuel to move. This took away all my love of dance, and a whole lot of strings were suddenly attached to what I expected from my body. Of course, no matter how skinny I got I would always find fault with myself, and my confidence plummeted. Body demons continued haunting me for many years, playing havoc with my confidence and self worth. I would tell my younger self what I now tell my daughters - to talk to yourself like you would your best friend. That your body is a miracle and something to be celebrated. Every time you catch yourself talking to yourself in a negative way, flip that thought into kind words.
My body is a miracle
I love my body
I am strong
I celebrate my body
Think of how many minutes you spend telling yourself what’s wrong with you, and how much better would it feel if you spent just two of them repeating to yourself, ‘I love my body’? You never know, you might even start to believe it and put all that energy from the negative thoughts into something much more worthwhile.” Find out more about Two Minute Moves by following her on Facebook and Instagram.
It’s important to stop caring so much about what people think of you, that not everything will work out perfectly, and that it’s okay to mess up sometimes; everyone does. Scientifically speaking, every action has a reaction, and this applies to your life. Treat people with respect, avoid burning bridges and take risks.