Dear Younger Me

If I knew then what I know now…….how often have we said that? Or, I’d go back if I could take the brain I have now with me.

Do you ever wonder how different life would be if your younger, more stupid self had been sent a letter by your older, much wiser self?

We’d be able to see what younger self was about to do and warn them, Hey dumb-@$$, don’t do what you’re thinking about doing or you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. How awesome would that be? We could avoid a lot of pain, suffering and hardship.

And yet, all those stupid mistakes my younger self made…and the lessons learned….has molded me into who I am today. Okay, maybe I could do without some of those aspects but, on the whole, I know all those experiences happened for a reason. They all were part of a bigger plan and served to skool me in much more than academics.

lisa1976And yet…..if I could warn my younger self about life, here’s what I would say:

Dear Younger Me,

Love yourself. Regardless of what that tag on your clothing says, love the person inside those jeans. If, in your opinion, the packaging needs work, then take measures to become a  healthier me. And remember, you are more than a number on a pair of pants.

Stop being afraid to take a risk. But what if it’s a mistake? Then, it’s a mistake. The awesome thing about life is there’s always the opportunity for a do-over when the sun rises. Don’t look back when you’re 60, 70 or 100 and say, I wish I would have done…….

Life….your career, your marriage, your children….will be a roller coaster ride most of the time. Sometimes it will all feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle, and other times it will feel like an out-of-control, downhill race to the finish line. And there will be those loopy-loops in the middle that make your stomach lurch. But the good and the bad serve a purpose, even if that purpose is above your pay grade at this time. So, don’t be afraid to live, laugh and love….a lot.

Don’t obsess over the small stuff….or small people. Everything from traffic lights to idiot drivers to that five cent error in the checkbook. Life is much too short to be angry or worried over these things. And, likewise about small-minded people whose mission in life is to make you feel inferior and inadequate. These are part of those character-building experiences your parents told you about.

Don’t wish away the pain. Emotional, physical, psychological. You’re going to feel all of it more than you’d like. It sounds trite, but the pain is there to teach and, if you let it, mold you into the best version of yourself. Rarely are lessons learned from the easy, good times in life. Life lessons are mainly learned through pain, heartache, struggles, challenges, devastation and loss. You may not like it, but that’s the way it is. So, embrace the pain and discover what you are supposed to learn from the experience and then move forward…not backwards.

Your faith will wax and wane like the moon. Life experiences will bring you to mountain-top epiphanies, but will also lay you flat with doubts. Through all of this, do whatever it takes to understand these are challenges designed to refine your faith and strengthen it. But even if you walk away and do unspeakable things, remember it’s never too late to turn around and come back. You are never too far gone for forgiveness and grace if you truly desire to have it. God may have just let you wander around feeling lost for a reason.

Some day it will all make sense. But, perhaps not in this life. And that’s okay. You don’t need to figure it all out. Trust that things happen for a reason and God has a specific mountain valley abyss path you need to take. Pray for guidance, and use your head and heart to make the best decisions possible. It will all get sorted out in the end.

With love,
Your Older, Much Wiser Me

And then I’d leave Younger Me with this music video.

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7 thoughts on “Dear Younger Me

  1. I don’t think our younger selves would listen to us anymore than they listened to their parents :D. We develop as a person as we climb those mountains, enjoy the valley’s and fall into those abyss’s. The Lord leads and guides us along our path. Loved this post today. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m so busy tending my babies that I don’t blog much anymore. I like to keep up on the quotography and book reviews but I don’t get to visiting very often. Thanks for hanging in their with me. I hope your family is doing well.

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  2. As usual, great thoughts, beautifully put. Your thoughts about faith particularly resonated with me right now. I’ve always been spiritual but have been feeling a need lately to recognise how much my even very lackadaisical Christian upbringing has shaped me and so means to me.

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  3. FABULOUS post (letter), Lisa!

    *three loud cheers*

    “And yet, all those stupid mistakes my younger self made…and the lessons learned….has molded me into who I am today. ”

    You are absolutely correct about that. And that is something I learned as I got older (around my 30’s).

    “Stop being afraid to take a risk. But what if it’s a mistake?”

    It’s funny, I was actually less afraid of taking risks in fear of making mistakes when I was younger. I was pretty much fearless as a kid. It was only as I began moving out into the world in which society put limits on my capabilities, did I start to feel afraid of, “Perhaps I’m not good enough? What if I fail? What will others think of me?”

    Now, whenever I feel afraid to do something, I think of when I was younger and fearless.

    Thanks so much for sharing this post, my friend!

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  4. Yah, I wouldn’t warn myself about anything, or try to change anything I went through. Somethings were horrific, but I wouldn’t be the same person if I had not experienced them. I think if I alluded to any of it, then I would have been to chicken to face my obstacles, and live life.

    I love this though Lisa, because I think you might have just listened to your older self. I think we are all different, and that makes us each perfectly perfect.

    Lisa @ LTTL

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