What would you say to yourself at 17 years of age.
I would say date your best friend, and NOT waste time dating an alcoholic, because he might latch-on and become your husband.
I would say, congratulations on graduating and welcome to the real world. Stay in college so you have some feet to stand on later in life, don't do drugs cos your brain is a really important asset, don't smoke cigarettes cos that's one less problem to deal with for the next decade, don't quit your job or get fired until you can afford to without falling on your parents lap, don't trust people in general because they are generally not trust worthy, but if you can find one that is, marry them if compatible. When you get all that right, good luck, you'll need that too. Not that I would have listened.
I would want to tell myself that I wasn't really in love with the guy I thought I was in love with and that he was nothing but toxic.
To suck it up and seek help for my anxiety and grief because I suffered for years stubbornly trying to get over it on my own.
And to not rush into things.
But really, all of those things got to me where I am today and I think I have it pretty good. If not for those mistakes who knows where I'd be.
So I guess REALLY what I'd say is to not be too hard on myself, that I'm going to make bad choices and get hurt, but that it will all work out in the end if I own it and learn from it. I would tell myself that now at 27, too, because I'm sure there are more mistakes and big changes yet to come.
I would tell myself: way to go, kid! You survived high school! Now you NEED a PLAN.
I often kick myself when I think back to how nonchalant I was about college. I wasn't a screw up and I got decent grades, but I really had no idea what I wanted to do with myself when I got out so I wasn't really working towards any sort of end goal. My mind set was that I'd "figure it out once I graduate."...which was not the best way to go about things. I flailed around aimlessly looking for direction for a long time afterwards.
I wouldn't say anything. Everything I've been through was necessary to get to where I am today. I wouldn't change a thing
Besides, even if I could magically tell myself something wise at 17, knowing myself, I wouldn't even listen. Would be a waste of time travel efforts!
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