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I Want to Know What Advice You'd Give Your Past Self

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    Now I Know That Less Is More.

    Advice to my younger self. Less is more. Find harmony and sanctuary within. Find my self in the things that I do, not by doing things to find my self. Learn what simplicity is. Learn that simplicity is!  
    AIUI AIUI 36-40, M 3 Responses Apr 4, 2009

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    Simple

    Don't hold back.
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 7 Responses Dec 11, 2009

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    Claire

    Serena, I know you're mad at her and you think what she's done can't be fixed, but it's not entirely her fault. You need to make her talk to you and tell you why she's doing this. You can save your friendship, she's worth it. She's your oldest and dearest friend. You will...
    SerenaDragonfly SerenaDragonfly 22-25, F Dec 24, 2011

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    Ok Bro...

    2 things you should know about highschool... 1. Do not date that asian girl over there who will become your best friend *points*. Just keep her as your friend and nothing more. Trust me, you will keep more friends as well as stay happier. 2. Do NOT be friends with that girl over...
    Krie Krie 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 13, 2012

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    Listen To Me Carefully

    This is very important past self me, what ever you do, don't take the blue pill.Bye  
    JimMorrisonRocks JimMorrisonRocks 26-30, M Nov 6, 2012

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    Hey Me

    Don't be afraid, this is a message sent by yourself from the future. You're atleast 5 when you get this so I'm going to give you some tips of what you should do. When you're chasing your friend in a game of water tag, walk past the car. When you come accross your very first bully...
    CloudStrife CloudStrife 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 15, 2008

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    Little Jessie

    This may be difficult for me emotionally, But thoughts of this letter have been fluttering in and out of my mind all day. I'd like to put them away. Dear Jessie, You're nearly 3 years old and your baby sister just arrived. I know you're p-ssed and jealous, but one day you'll...
    WomanReclaimingSelf WomanReclaimingSelf 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 28, 2011

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    Hey Younger Me Before You Mire Your Chance

     I know youve got lupus and youre sick. But you've already at 14 wrote directed, edited and produced as well as hosted 3 cable t.v. showw; "Beyond the Beat", being the first where you interviewed local bands, "Hoping and Coping" when you interviewed sick children like yourself...
    CelestralCreature CelestralCreature 41-45, F Jun 12, 2012

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    My Advice

    Dear me, life doesnt have to be as diffcult as you think. you will be faced with challenges but dont let them get you down. you have the potential to be great if you want it. but only if you want it. you have more strength then you think you do dont be afired to use it. you will...
    Silent20 Silent20 18-21, F Mar 2, 2012

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    Good Luck...

    I am sorry, but that is all.
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21 Jul 20, 2012

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    For Singles....

    If you're SINGLE, focus on being a BETTER YOU, instead of looking for someone better than your past.... A BETTER YOU WILL ATTRACT A BETTER NEXT......
    kringles kringles 31-35, F Aug 21, 2012

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    Inside Of You

    Hang on. Keep treating others like they are a who, not a what. Remain strong because you'll continue get hurt again but you can go on with the strength that's inside of you. You faced many difficult times and still smiled You need to hang on to that smile and remember I love you...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Dec 30, 2012

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    preachersdaughter98 preachersdaughter98 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    My Line To Slice Through The Small Talk

    "If you could send a message to your eighteen year old self, what would you tell them?" When I was 18 and travelling Europe, that was my line, my thing I'd say to people to cut through the small talk, that bullshit social blah we put up with when we don't really care. Small talk...
    tearaway tearaway 22-25, F Aug 20, 2012

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    Dear Past Self... Don't Mess This Up For Us...

    My Dearest Past Self: I am writing to you from your future. I know you are only 16 years old and graduating from high school today.  This is my present to you.   Two years from now you will meet a man that seems to be perfect. He is rich and a congressman's...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 33 Responses Jun 27, 2008

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    You're Not Doing Anything Wrong Except Avoiding.

    I can completely understand why the world makes you so nervous. Growing up will put you face-to-face with layers and layers of convoluted conditioning and bombard you with dualities. You will become the slightly neurotic adult that made no sense to you when you were younger and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 29, 2012

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    A Letter To My Younger Self....

    Dear younger me, I miss you.  I miss being you.  I know you are still in here somewhere.  I still feel your presence sometimes, hidden in the dark, like a ghost in the shadows.  When I'm not too busy being the adult me I still try to "be" you. ...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 29, 2009

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    To My Past Self

    I would tell myself to open up more, I wouldn't have made it this far without close freinds.  I would tell myself to say "yes" when a girl asked me out in highschool.  Work harder my first year of college.  Learn some foreign languages it's never a bad...
    wordsmith85 wordsmith85 22-25, M 8 Responses Oct 10, 2008

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    Dear Past Self

    Seek Help from people you trust. Don't be stubborn. Don't hold onto anger and hurt. Let it go. Flow away. Take things in life lightly. Soft as a feather. Don't let words hold you and seek to love gently. Think about everything and not just yourself. Stop and smell the roses...
    autumnsparrow autumnsparrow 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 12, 2013

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    Self Advise

    I would advise me, not to live by Hormones and Libido alone. its a serious distraction for having a happy future.
    RojoJeepNut RojoJeepNut 70+, M Feb 4, 2013

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    Dear Past Self, I know things are rocky.

    Yeah, the parents are super friendly towards each other, the new woman is a gold digger, and you feel as if the world is crashing down. But don't ever forget that dad really cares about you. He would do anything for you. When he and your mother adopted you, he made a promise an...
    minidisaster minidisaster 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 25, 2013

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    But Most Of All - Love Yourself Just As You Are

    For every moment of doubt or confusion or indecision, or insecurity these are some of the words I wish I could have said to myself when I was a teen... Let go Hold on tightly laugh scream dance learn Japanese,Spanish and Norwegian...they'll be the most ...
    8FOOTDREAD 8FOOTDREAD 41-45, M 4 Responses Dec 10, 2009

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    My Advice to My Past Self - and My Present One Too!

    Chill Kid, you know you have a mellow heart; enjoy this day; share happiness with your family and friends; make new friends; don't dwell on what's past but remember the good times; don't worry about the future - it all works out; three cats are enough - get a dog.
    gooddog99 gooddog99 51-55, M 9 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    Oooh Oooh...

    Ok first off I'm one of those people who doesn't regret anything and really wouldn't change anything about my past because it's gotten me where I am today (yeah I know - soooo cliche) but boy would I warn my past self about somethings... Breathe!!! Seriously when you stop...
    phidget phidget 31-35, F Jun 6, 2008

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    Best Advice

    the best advice i would give to my past self is not to settle in relationships. No one is worth my lack of happiness. And also not to change for a man. That is my biggest regret to date.
    goldie25 goldie25 31-35, F 4 Responses Jun 9, 2008

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    It's Just As Bad As You've Feared

    She won't love you Hope is pointless It won't happen No One will recognize all your hard work Nothing can be done about it Intellect can't save you from pain Never regret your mistakes Give Up trying to control it all I was obsessed with improving myself, and thought that the...
    Honir Honir 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 1, 2008

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    People are stupid....

    there are only 2 friends that you have that are worth anything, and they are the 2 people you have known the longest. and one more thing. "In this life, one thing counts. In the bank, large amounts."
    Krie Krie 22-25, M Jan 2

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    Thoughts To You, Little Me.

    Asthma Attack You are only 2 years old, and yes, this is a memory you will never forget. Waking up, you tell mommy you can't breathe and she brings you to a doctor. They stick needles in you and you develop a terrible fear of hospitals. A nurse will grab your arm a little too...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 1, 2011

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    Dear Younger Me

    Learn to love yourself and accept yourself for who u truly are. You are beautiful, even though people tell you otherwise. Dont try to be like other people. Your yourself for a reason and your special. Dont take your pain out on your wrists, dont sleep with guys just because your...
    Candymonsterxo Candymonsterxo 18-21, F 1 Response May 17, 2012

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    Dear Past Self

    It does not matter how much you want love, learn that you ARE love, what you send out, you get back. You create much of your own reality, so, be kind to yourself. Be busy entertaining peace and avoid drama, embrace tenderness and gentility in your life always. It is your...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone 51-55, F 9 Responses Aug 22, 2011

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    Really

    Dear Past Me, Trust your intuition more. . .really!  Don't act apologetic or sorry for WHO you are.  Really put the focus on your problems and not everyone elses. Reveal your heart when you love and do not continue sharing it when it is not recognized...simply move on...
    waterdroplet waterdroplet 31-35, F 3 Responses Sep 19, 2009

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    Three Essentials

    Get to know God Don't hold a grudge Floss daily
    invisible321 invisible321 51-55, F Jan 31, 2013

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    Advice For a Teenage Me

    Don't ever smoke a cigarette. I don't care how cool and grown up looking it is, cigarettes are the devil.   Don't color your hair. Ever. As addicting as smoking, and almost as expensive.   Don't ever loan anything you want back, or want back in...
    autimom autimom 31-35, F 11 Responses Jan 15, 2009

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    I am great, without money or fame.

    Dear Candace, you are so unique, funny and smart.  Oh and yes, you are very pretty.  However, your looks do not define your value.  You have so much more to your character, than the physical.  Put down the money and the attitude, you don't need it.  It's...
    FiFiDelmar FiFiDelmar 46-50, F 6 Responses Jun 6, 2008

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    I Remember You, Me...

    In no particular order: *Don't be so self-conscious. Alanis Morissette said it best-  I wouldn't have compromised so much so much of myself for fear of having you hating me I would've sung so loudly it would've cracked myself! I became self-conscious of anything...
    Cinderelly Cinderelly 36-40, F 7 Responses Jun 6, 2008

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    Do Not Join

    not to join the navy not to fight for the waver i would be more xrazy after one tour then before stay hom,e love my wife go to school
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2 61-65, M Nov 13, 2011

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    Dear Past Self.

    -Watch out for the married men who will use you -Don't give your heart away so easily -Don't be in a hurry to grow up -WORK harder and finish school
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 31, 2012

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    Stop That!!!

    Okay.. quit with the drugs.. you don't even like alcohol.. quit that.. what are you thinking with that Marlboro..it will age your face... do not talk to that boy.. or that one... or that one.. no he is not cool.. he's a thug!  Damn it go to school before your married with 3...
    arkansaskat arkansaskat 46-50, F 3 Responses Sep 17, 2009

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    Mine

    Do it yourself don't try to get someone else to do it for you
    ihaveanameitsrick ihaveanameitsrick 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 15, 2011

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    Stand Firm

    I would tell myself to stand firm on your beliefs, your morals and your convictions. People will come and go in your life. Do not give up any part of yourself to someone else. A true friend would never ask you to anyway.
    SweetMae SweetMae 56-60, F 1 Response Nov 26, 2013

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    Be Decisive

    -No matter what, I'd tell my younger self to act decisively when faced with challenges. That sometimes, taking your time to weigh your options is not the way to go, that sometimes playing safe will only turn disastrous. Because almost all of my regrets in life came from times...
    themanoflegends themanoflegends 22-25, M Aug 16, 2012

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    Dear Past Self...

    I really don't like you(and that's being GENTLE about it) and I regret having been you. If I could give you any advice, I'd say this: Stop trying to be cool. Stop trying to be smart, funny, good-looking and popular. Stop trying to be normal. Stop trying to be something you're not...
    IzunaCelestia IzunaCelestia 16-17, F Nov 8, 2013

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    I Thankful To The God For My Past!!!

    During many years i keep asking- WHY so cruel things happens to me all the time, WHY so cruel ppl are only around me, WHY they are so cruel if i'm too kind to everyone, WHY when i do something good to someone i always get bad in toward.... etc, etc... Now i'd said myself - don't...
    innaly innaly 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2012

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    My Life Would Be So Different!

    Don't leave her bed side even if she tells you to, that's the last time you'll see her alive! Keep studying, don't let her death affect your schooling, she wanted the best for you. Be more attentive to your computer classes, it will pay off. Listen to your mother when she says...
    Th3D0ct0r Th3D0ct0r 26-30 12 Responses Nov 12, 2008

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    Wake Up

    No matter how worse you met along the way its you along that can make it start all over again and be wiser and prepared for something greater in every trials we face in this life makes us stronger and live for the best that we can.....
    tawam tawam 36-40, M Nov 24, 2011

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    Listen to your instinct

    because it's the strongest sense you have
    kxCobra kxCobra 18-21, F Apr 1

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    Dear Past Self:

    1. finish high school 2. date more girls and actually get into a sexual relationship with them instead of being a pansy and just occasionally holding hands. 3. don't quit that one really laid back mall job you had that paid you really well. 4. do more illegal drugs and don't...
    havick havick 18-21, F 7 Responses Jun 6, 2008

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    Trust Life to Bring You What You Need

    Let go of  as much fear as possible and take chances.  You'll regret more the things you did not try, than the things you tried and failed at. love.  Let go of hate. Trust Your Instinct!  
    Intothenight Intothenight 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 7, 2008

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    I Wish I Listened To Myself

    Open your eyes girls, we're young.We don't need a boy to love, hold, and kiss. We won't always be able to relax and be kids, but we'll always be able to love. So I'm gonna get out there and liven up this world, leave my mark, and make a difference. Because in five years we will...
    Nic00l Nic00l 16-17, F Nov 23, 2012

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    If I Knew Then What I Know Now....

    Finish high school and go to college NOW! ...getting up at 6:30am to go to class for a few years isn't so bad, it's definitely not a good enough reason to quit school and get a GED instead (especially since you're a straight A honors student!!)  Doing it now will prevent you...
    Creamsicle Creamsicle 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 9, 2008

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    Dear Me !!!

    Dearest me !! Im sorry u were hurt .. i did not mean to do that ...i still did not forgive myself for hurting u but u know what, sweetie ? sometimes we must to get hurt in order to grow ..we must fall in order to know ..and the hardest thing about growing up is that u have to do...
    studm3 studm3 26-30, F Nov 25, 2011

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    Hmm...

    Sleep. Just let go. Socialize more. [Over]think less. Face your fears. Don't rush things. It's okay to say no. Trust your intuition. Don't be a preacher. Make time for friends. Don't take it personally. Take a few [healthy] risks. Make your own decisions. Explore and...
    ChevyGirl ChevyGirl 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 12, 2010

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    A Letter To The Younger Me

    Hello to younger me Trust me, I know how you feel. I went through it myself - and I sat crying for hours and hours on end. I can tell what you are thinking. You're thinking the world is a terrible unsafe place where people are horrible and no one is to be trusted. You're...
    LittleMissDaredevil LittleMissDaredevil 18-21, F Jun 12, 2012

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