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21 October 2008
What would you tell yourself?
C'mon, play the "what if" game!

A fasctinating discussion has been flourishing lately on CouchSurfing's Independent Women list, and I thought I'd fire it up here to see if y'all had any interesting comments to add.

The original question was:
"What if... you could go back in time and tell yourself something (besides the winning lottery numbers). What would you say?"

The original poster offered her own words of wisdom to herself at various ages. Lots of fabulous chix chimed in with their own thoughts, and here are mine:


jumpin the waves with Easy-E at BeltsvilleI'd tell my 6-yr-old self not to take everything so seriously, and that if you're able to laugh at yourself the rest of the world is not nearly so scary.

Christmas 1983... just entering my geek phaseI'd continuously tell my 13- to 18-yr-old self that geeks rule, and that not being the popular kid gives you much more strength and independence as an adult. Oh, and by the way, life is MUCH cooler after high school!

my college graduation... just happy to be outta there!I'd urge my 20-yr-old self to take that semester or year abroad, that the comfort & safety of the familiar will be there when you get back, although perhaps you won't need it nearly so much.

I'd tell my late-20s self to go for it, dream big, take those risks, but also have a financial safety net in case things don't work out exactly as planned.

the venerable Nana ZAnd I can't help but wonder what my 40- 50- or 60-yr-old self would tell the present me... I suspect it would have something to do with: things always work out for the best, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time; there are no easy answers and that's what keeps things interesting; and never lose the childlike sense of wonderment that comes from trying new things. To piggyback off that a bit, two things my now-98-yr-old grandmother has been telling us our whole lives: never stop learning, and keep your body as active as your mind. I think she's onto something... she made it to 98, after all.


What wisdom would you go back and tell yourself?

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Re: What would you tell yourself?
I would tell my 8-12 year old self that I wasnt going to die if I went into Luray Caverns or the walls in the Catacombs werent going to cave in on me. I would tell that little girl her watching the news didnt mean the world was going to end and we didnt really need to stock milk jugs for the three days of darkness.. Oh Lord! what a scary little life I led. I missed out on a few things with the fear I held and also gave myself some serious nose bleeds..
thanks Sonia, for now providing me a place to release this!
And you know what? Nerds DO RULE!
Posted by mama love on October 21, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Re: What would you tell yourself?
Yikes, I never gave myself any nosebleeds. But I did cry for an entire day when my first grade classmates started calling me "Sonia the Duck" after we watched the cartoon version of Peter and the Wolf. Ah, misspent youth.
Posted by sonia on October 23, 2008 at 5:20 PM

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