If I could go back in time to give myself words of advice, I’d actually have tons to say. I would tell myself to slow down, take a deep breath and relax. I would tell myself to avoid rushing through life because then I’d overlook the true essence of life for sure. “Don’t be that person”, I would say. Life is about timing and there is always a time and place for everything, “have patience”. Honestly, I’d be pretty tough on my 15 year old self. I’d say to “suck it up and stay strong, It’s not the end of the world!” Some may see this as brutal but if I had the chance to speak to my younger self, I would tell it like it is and try not to sugar coat anything.

Three years ago I would have still been in high school. Like any teenager, I had insecurities. If I could go back, I would convince myself that in all reality, it doesn’t matter what kids say about me. “Don’t fear being great, do everything with a passion or not at all.” I would sing “Let it go, Let it go…” like in the Disney Frozen movie. I would be straight up with myself and say “life only gets tougher”. That way, it’s not a surprise to me later in the future. “Get up and do something and be somebody. Don’t be lazy, explore, travel, learn!” Knowledge and education are one of the few things that people can never take away from you and that is the main message I would want to communicate to myself.

15 years from now, will this still matter? That’s the ultimate question. If the answer is no, we should not let it occupy our minds or allow it to take up so much of our thinking power. So I would say, “don’t worry about it too much, just have fun and enjoy everything for what is it. Take every challenge as an opportunity to grow and become a better person.” The best goal to have in life is to not only be content, but to be happy with what we have done for ourselves and the people around us. I wish someone would have told me these things when I was younger, but we live and we learn.