Today’s post is not by me, but my great friend Amy whom you all know as “A.” She posted the following ruminations on Facebook this week, and, based on the obscene number of likes, it really resonated with people – I know it did with me, and I’d be remiss to not share here on BBT. Without further ado…
Sure, it’s been done – and whelp I did it too. For those who know me – you know – I write. I write for work, I write to write and hell, I write to get out of my own head. A few months ago, I overheard a girl’s convo on the plane… she had just turned 22; I had recently turned 31 (omg). Gah to be 22 again or 25 or 28 (or not!). It triggered this stream of consciousness… I found it yesterday, re-read it and re-read it again. Maybe you’ll find a nugget or two that speaks…
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What I would tell my 22-year-old self…and sometimes have to remind my 31 year-old self.
Don’t stress the small stuff.
Get over yourself. You’re actually not too cool for a lot of things.
Words hurt – and linger
You can’t actually just get away w anything.
Boys will hurt you, get over it. They’re not worth it.
There will be one that’s worth it; he’ll make you laugh when you want to cry. He won’t disappear when things suck. He won’t be perfect, he’ll just do everything to make you think he is. Be kind to him. Be very kind to him, but don’t smother him. Don’t let him smother you. And be patient.
Dance when no one else is
Respect yourself, respect others no matter their ‘status’ in life.
Take advantage of every single moment w your girlfriends. Your lives will inevitably take different paths- embrace every second.
Be in the moment. Take it all in.
Don’t drink Bella Pinot or Cavit….magnums…in one sitting.
Life is too short to drink bad wine! Enjoy it.
Be witty, be clever, be funny. It’s okay if people don’t get it.
Embrace your eccentricity – there will be haters, but there will be lovers. You’re weird. Own it. The right people will join in your weirdness. The right person will fall in love w you for it – and you’ll love him.
TRAVEL – culture makes the world better – embrace it, incorporate it.
Don’t obsess over your weight or your clothes. If you like it, makes you feel good. Do it. Just own it.
Failing is okay. It’s a must – makes for some of the best growing and excelling. So take risks – at work, at life, at love.
There is no such thing as perfection.
Attention from boys does not define how pretty or lovable you are.
Respect your parents. Listen to their advice, they actually do have a clue.
Spend more nights at home. JOMO is better than FOMO.
Take every opportunity to go…travel…experience it. Don’t drink it into oblivion. Remember the moments.
4 inch heels in every color do actually go out of style. And hurt your back! So do tube tops.
No make up, long hair and all natural do not. Comfort is king…But do your best to look good sporting it!
Moderation is key.
Don’t skip your workout – but don’t beat yourself up if you do.
Put your phone down.
Always take pictures.
Keep some of your secrets!
Health is the ticket to a mentally and physically happy life.
There is life beyond breakups and heartache. True story.
Broken hearts make bigger stronger hearts. More enduring hearts. More compassionate hearts. More appreciative hearts.
You will be self-sufficient.
It is your job to make you happy, and never at the expense of others.
You’re gonna have to work your ass off. Period. Do things you love.
You have to try and you have to try again.
You must be open-minded and tolerant.
Never take a cheap laugh at the expense of someone else.
Relax. Hit the reset button And move on.
Vacations never get old.
Neither does red lipstick.
Or simple pleasures like fresh air Or floating in the ocean. Or driving with your windows down, or catching the sunset at the exact right moment or your favorite song when u need it most. Or the moment someone makes you smile…when your day seems bleak. Take in the little things. Don’t be too distracted and miss them.
Make out sessions get even better; Don’t trade them in for anything. But choose wisely. Save your kisses, but don’t hoard them!
Don’t use your sexuality to manipulate someone.
Be empowered to take control of it- as much as you want to give in. Hold it close.
Keep your heart open. Even after it’s been tampered with. It heals. It gets stronger. Use it, like any other muscle, or it will get weak.
Go to church.
Pray – not for what you want- for what you have in your life. Talk to God everyday, start your day w Him, and end it w Him- not just when you’re sad or feeling weak – when your strong and things are just right.
Always say thank you.
Don’t tail old people on the road. Be patient. You’ll be old and slow one day too!
Never judge. Never. You have no idea what other people are dealing with. Life is water.
Smiling resting face is better than bitchy resting face.
Overcome your ego. It only holds you back and forces unwise decisions.
Learn something new everyday. Never stop learning and absorbing. Read. Write.
Keep day dreaming. studies now say you’re more creative if you let yourself!
Towel time gets better with age!
Take care of your body. Eat well. Sleep well.
Yoga is the best for the mind and body.
Find balance, set your intention.
Be in control, but be willing to let go.
Listen. Shut your mouth and just listen.
Be at peace with life. Love yourself. Love others. Wholly.
You’ll love music forever. You’re mixing the soundtrack of your life- so be free, make it good, but choose wisely…
True dat, A. Wisdom: imparted. You don’t have to agree with everything – it’d be weird if you did – but a little self-reflection never hurt anyone, ya know? Even if it’s just for a moment or two. The bad news is that we’ll never be 22 again, but the good news is…we’ll never be 22 again. With age comes wisdom…and vacations :)
I think I’ve out-EMO’ed myself. To you and yours: a very happy Thursday and weekend!