This week we hear from Emma who blogs at www.meandbmaketea.com this is a great blog with some great ideas. Thankyou Emma for being a part of it:
Letter to younger self
Imagine you could travel back in time and meet yourself at eighteen again…what would you say to yourself? What advice would you give yourself and what insight would you offer on life? This is what I was tasked with recently by a fellow blogger and I was super excited to write down my thoughts. Life is full of regrets and what-ifs and I’ve thought many times what I would and wouldn’t do differently if I had my chance to be young again. Here are a few things that I’d say to my younger self. What would yours be?
Build up your skills and take every opportunity to learn.
Sure I did well at school and I went to university and got a degree. But when I look back I feel I wasted a lot of time. I really wish I’d made more of an effort to learn outside of my university course. I had so much time on my hands outside of lectures – I could have gotten a job, built up work experience or done some voluntary work. But I didn’t. I feel like I wasted time when I look back.
Save, save, save.
I know when you’re 18, saving money sounds boring and dull but I really wish I’d done a better job of just popping a little bit away. Even £20 a month or so once I started a weekend job.
I read a lot already but I wish I’d read more when I was younger. I spent so much time reading trashy fiction as a teenager and I wish I’d invested that time reading more non-fiction and learning about the world around me. I studied German at university and I read about German politics, history, and literature. I wish I’d broadened my horizons a bit.
Don’t stress exams.
They help but they are not the be all and end all. I remember stressing so much over my SATS exams when I was 14 or so. What a waste of energy! But at that age you don’t realise that once you get older, you’ll have bigger things to worry about.
You might never find your “niche” and that’s ok.
I’m in my mid-thirties now and still wonder what I will do when I grow up. This has always been something I’ve worried about -my niche. Everyone else seemed to have this sorted – doctor, teacher, manager. I had no idea when I left university. Since having my little boy, I worry less about this. Happiness and feeling content are my main aspirations.
Believe in yourself.
And this is one that still haunts me in my thirties. When I left school, we all had little notebooks which we would fill in for our friends – good luck wishes and what not. A teacher wrote “you are better than you believe you are”. I try and carry those words with me today : )
So there you go. The things I would say to my eighteen year old self if I had the chance to go back. What would you want to say?