Postcard to My Younger Self

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

My daughter’s version of this lesson is, “I don’t want to be sitting in my rocking chair when I’m 80 saying I wish I would have…”

And with that she would be off on a new adventure in a new part of the world. Traveling Daughter tells a bit of her story. She was very wise at a very young age. She was daring at a young age. She wanted to experience life, and she did. She still does. 

I was a pretty typical child of the 50s and 60’s and took a very traditional life-path. High School. College. Job. Marriage. Kids.

40 years later I decided that old rocking chair was getting uncomfortable, and it was time to take some risks. I do not have regrets about the choices that I made in my life. I would not be the person I am today if I had made different choices. And I’m pretty comfortable with who I am. But I have learned a few things along the way (and hope I continue learning!).images-2

You have learned, too. And I would like to know what you have learned.

If you could send a post card back to a younger you, what would you say? What lesson would you share? What bit of wisdom would have made your journey more fulfilling? Less painful? More fun?

What would you write on that postcard? 100 words or less.

I know that there is a lot of wisdom out there, please share yours.

4 thoughts on “Postcard to My Younger Self

    li class="comment even thread-even depth-1 parent" id="comment-64">

    I just found your blog and I’m enjoying it very much.

      li class="comment byuser comment-author-tameralg bypostauthor odd alt depth-2" id="comment-80">

      Thank you, Patricia!

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    Kate Casparius

    Post Card to my younger self:

    Celebrate life and be thankful for every little thing you have, instead of whining about what you don’t have or think you need. Treat yourself kindly, allow room for mistakes and remember that you learn more from failures than you do successes. Be open to new experiences and new people, travel and explore when you can, even if it is just out your back door. Remember that your beauty lies within you and relish each unique feature. Be kind to others and always reach out with a helping hand, a smile, or a random act of kindness.

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    Jan Barrett

    Post Card to My Younger Self:
    Seek out other adults you look up to in addition to your parents to help guide you toward your future path in life.
    Become who you are and do what you want to do before you marry. List the qualities you want in a life partner and don’t compromise unless it improves on the list.
    Get the best education you can in school and in life. It’s how you’ll discover what life’s work will fulfill you and make you smile when you get up every morning.
    There is only one you…take the best care of you. Be confident in who you are…love you first. Be kind, compassionate and caring.

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