Whilst driving to work the other day I was having a sing along to some classic hits when Cher came on and in that oh so, so unique voice she has she was singing to me “If I could turn back time!” This then got me thinking about hindsight and how often people who are generally older then me say, “If only I knew this and that at your age Sarah!”
So here are a few life lessons I’ve learnt in my brief time which I would gladly pass onto my younger self.
When something isn’t changing or you’re stuck in a rut, nothing will change until you take action and do something about it.
“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain
Even if this means pushing your own boundaries or risking it all I believe nothing is a mistake if you learn from it.
The past is the past – forget about it.
The past is the past don’t dwell on it, you can change it. The only thing you can control is what you do now.
The most important relationship you’ll ever have is your relationship with yourself.
How do you really know who you are, where you’re going or what you want to do if you don’t know yourself? You’re the only person who is going to be with you for the rest of your life. Getting to know you at a young age, having dreams and goals and knowing what is important to you is the most freeing experience anyone can have. It might be scary but I love know now why I do and don’t do certain things and why I react in certain ways. Real joy and contentment in life comes when you know yourself.
Listen to your Mum – she’s often right.
For as much as I might have rebelled and been quite disrespectful to Mum through my hormonal years she always gave me advice. I might not have taken it on board then but it all certainly comes back to you. Especially relationship advice!
Say yes more often.
The power in saying yes is amazing. Yes to catching up with friends, yes on going on trips, yes to that guy who asks you on a date. You get to meet knew people, establish networks and create amazing memories when you do more with your life. What else would you be doing – sitting on the couch?
Go easy on yourself.
Life’s a journey. Enjoy it. Enjoy the people who come into your life. Learn from them. Just because society believes you should have a partner, buy a house, get married and have kids by a certain time in your life doesn’t mean you have to!
If you could give your teenage self some advice – what you tell them?
Eat well & be well.