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

Share the advice you'd give your past self in a letter or in a story. 1,206 People

    I would tell myself the best

    and worst are yet to come. Don't try to prepare or change things. Live in each moment whatever that moment brings. Let the past stay there and don't look to tomorrow. Enjoy today. Some days are good some are bad. No matter how bad a day is it is not worth revisiting tomorrow.
    Gr8terlater Gr8terlater 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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    Don't let everyone into your life.

    There are some people who are bad for you!
    Regrets472 Regrets472 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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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 56-60, F 9 Responses Aug 22, 2011

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    never stop writing, take more pictures,

    don't take that job, trust people's actions more than their words, say something it's only going to get worse if you don't, follow the music... no matter how much you love that boy they'll be another you'll love even more
    reese187 reese187 26-30, F Mar 2

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    Don't worry so much. Life is full of pitfalls

    but you'll survive! Think carefully. Take care of the things that bug you!
    picklebobble picklebobble 46-50, M 1 Response Jan 28

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    Talk more beacuse the habits you have

    now will follow you to adulthood and it will be a little harder to get ride of them.
    hellokitty206 hellokitty206 18-21 Mar 3

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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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    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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    Just give in to your gayness,

    don't pretend you're not. Don't be ashamed of yourself, it's how you were made and no one should judge you for it and if they do, just turn the other cheek. Also, get rid of those shoes, like seriously, what are those? Don't say I'm being mean, you know they're dreadful.
    Skuggington Skuggington 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 10

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    Seriously, keep it in your cyber pants.

    You don't love those guys and they don't love you. In fact, just ask the questions you want to ask, instead of letting yourself be used. I know you want to feel wanted but that's not a healthy way. I know being shy is in our nature but don't let it control you, try new things...
    cillasavage cillasavage 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 11

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    Stop spending so much time hating yourself!

    !! You're actually hot!! Just wash your face and do your hair better (; maybe a shopping spree too :P
    churchdadatnight churchdadatnight 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    I'd advise me to do well at school ,

    it will help later on with your career. work at a career that will provide you with a sense of appreciation and good pay, you won't be sorry in the long run. always were a condom or don't do it, going without will be a mistake, unless you want to be father. don't count on...
    eveiantoo eveiantoo 51-55, M 1 Response Jan 25

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    I would tell myself that what matters

    now won't matter in 5 years. That not everyone you think will be around forever is. Cherish every moment as it comes and don't worry about tomorrow. Moments soon become memories and not every memory can be lived. Give second chances, accept that the past is passed and you can't...
    bethscottt bethscottt 18-21, F Nov 18, 2014

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    TEMPOLTON TEMPOLTON 41-45, M Dec 21, 2014

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    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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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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    I would tell her not to be

    so trusting towards everyone.
    restored87 restored87 46-50, F 8 Responses Mar 3

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    Follow your instincts.

    Listen to your inner voice.
    guideme2truth guideme2truth 26-30, F 4 Responses Jan 28

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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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    I wish I could tell my past self through out

    high school that things will get better. I wish I listened to my Dad who told me that your first love won't even mean a thing to you eventually. Me and my bestfriend always joke and talk about how much different it would be if we could go back in time about 3 years with the...
    elenorr elenorr 18-21 3 Responses Mar 2

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    BloodyNight BloodyNight 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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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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    Take better care in watching your blood sugars.

    Also, stop pretending to be straight, not only does no one believe you, you're wasting your time and not being as happy as you could be.
    fireraven23 fireraven23 18-21, M 1 Response Mar 1

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    I'd bitchslap myself

    for being so stupid
    Paranoidbeyondbelief Paranoidbeyondbelief 16-17, M 1 Response Mar 2

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    Don't feel like you have to do anything you

    don't want to because you're being pressured into it. Pretty much sums up my "younger self life advice" :D
    IOceanEyesI IOceanEyesI 22-25, F Nov 11, 2014

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    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 4

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    don't be a chicken and take a risk.

    . because opportunities come and go. once they're gone, they're gone forever.
    hannahrose29 hannahrose29 13-15, F Mar 4

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    I have been reminiscing a lot lately

    and more than anything wish I had the chance to go back in time and slap some goddam sense into my younger self. Some of the advice I would give: • Have a decent try at everything you wish to achieve. Try to avoid regret. • Don't let fear rule your life. Seize every...
    EmperorJulian EmperorJulian 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 11, 2014

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    "Listen to your parents

    when they say focus on school over boys." Don't get me wrong I did excellent in school, but if you are like 11 trying to already seriously date you have hurt after hurt until your chemicals are unbalanced for life. There's a reason most parents want a dating age. Immature minds...
    RjMommy245 RjMommy245 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 11, 2014

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    Dear past self, start thinking

    before you speak as well as be more patient with people. You've ****** up enough.
    BloodofAmara BloodofAmara 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 12, 2014

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    I wish I spoke out and wasn't

    so shy :/ would've helped a lot
    rhiamia rhiamia 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 2

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    To my younger years, Don’t wish your life

    away - it gets more serious, lots of responsibilities, more problems and boring as you get older so just enjoy your childhood and teen years! Life is all about risks so take that chance otherwise you will regret it! You have to go out of your comfort zone if you want something...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    I would tell my past self,

    "that wasn't beef"
    jbm1984 jbm1984 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 3

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    don't worry so much about what's going to

    happen. hug yourself and then hug your friends a little bit longer next time.
    dreampixie dreampixie 13-15, F Mar 7

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    dreshany dreshany 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 10, 2014

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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...
    Decade91 Decade91 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 15, 2008

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    There is no advice I would give to my past self

    that he would've listened to. All I can do is smile at him and tell him, "when you have her in the chair by the computer, kiss her. Kiss her you goddamm idiot!"
    LifeIsBeatingMe LifeIsBeatingMe 26-30, M Mar 12

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    Go away to college after high school.

    Don't choose to work in radio. Figure myself out and have a clear career goal.
    megz327 megz327 26-30, F Mar 2

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    You aren't as ugly as you think.

    You don't need to prove yourself to anyone. It's not okay to let someone hurt you. It's okay to cry. It's okay to show weakness. It's okay to say, "Stop." You are worth so much more than this.
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 4 Responses Mar 2

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    This is what I would tell myself.

    Look at yourself in the mirror and be be brutally honest with yourself - your strengths and your flaws. in particular your insecurity and deal with it. Get help if necessary. Get back on the course you were on stay disciplined and true to your dreams, desires and goals...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11

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    Don't cry over the things you did.

    Don't hurt yourself over something like that. You were and are beautiful an you didn't have to make that turn. Just think about the people who love you and you'd be fine. Everyone loves you don't worry.
    plantgoddess plantgoddess 13-15, F Jan 28

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    Simple

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

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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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    Dont fall in love too soon.

    Go to college. Believe in yourself. None of it will matter so dont sweat it!!!! Keep dancing!!! Take a chance everyone u crushed on admitted later they woulda dated u. Go for it! Seize the day!!!
    Hearta Hearta 36-40, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    never google i want a British guy.

    you end up on ep and your life will go to hell after you find one!
    CallmeHopelessNotRomantic CallmeHopelessNotRomantic 36-40, F 4 Responses Mar 2

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    July 9

      A year ago I would have to say   Be careful who you add today   He will give you the world,  then take it away  For real and forever is gone.    Touche’  
    HeavenBesideYou HeavenBesideYou 41-45, F 10 Responses Jul 9, 2009

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