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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. 997 People

    I would tell myself to enjoy the moment

    because it will always get better.
    taylorrose99 taylorrose99 13-15, F Nov 11

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    Its ok to be different

    and its ok to fight back
    TechnoZoom55 TechnoZoom55 22-25, M Nov 11

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    Dear my past, You must be studying

    for the college test, you passed it. You got in, so don't work that hard and spend some times to grab a drink. Don't push yourself from telling the one you love, he is gone now. So grab a chance before you lose it. Hug your dad as often as you could, he got busier now. He...
    cassxandra cassxandra 22-25, F Nov 11

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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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    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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    You are capable of all things good

    and all things evil. You have free will, listen to your gut. Everything that you think you won't do or that won't happen to you, will most likely occur.
    TheHumanExperience TheHumanExperience 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    Stay strong, you're thinking is sound

    so give it a voice. You're doing wonderfully.
    SkollHati SkollHati 18-21, M Nov 11

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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 61-65, F 2 Responses Nov 26, 2013

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    Think before you speak

    and don't be friends with people who always get you into a lot of drama and then blame it all on you
    vrl1022 vrl1022 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 14

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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 4 Responses Nov 11

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    Wouldn't bother. My past self had a head made

    of stone. She'd have smiled and nodded affably and done what she damn well pleased anyway. Dumbass. lol
    niklb niklb 41-45, F Nov 11

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    phoenixprincess phoenixprincess 70+, F 4 Responses Nov 11

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    To my 7 year old self I would say,

    "Don't use that permanent cootie spray. It works too well!"
    johnstlouis johnstlouis 56-60, M Nov 11

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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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    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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    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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    bleedingpanda bleedingpanda 13-15, M Nov 11

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    Just be yourself. Don't try

    and be somebody you're not.
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F Nov 11

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    I would tell myself to have more fun!

    I was so focused on sports that I didn't do much else. I wish I would have acted like a kid more then. Gone out and partied a little bit.
    DriftingDreaming DriftingDreaming 22-25, F Nov 11

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    The advice I would give my past self in my

    young teenage years (13,14,15) would be: Don't have unprotected sex. Don't drink so much your going to get alcohol poisoning. Don't date 21 year old men. Don't use drugs everyday, moderation is key. Stop stressing your parents out.
    NoRegretsAndNoRemorse NoRegretsAndNoRemorse 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 11

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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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    Simple

    Don't hold back.
    Tummie Tummie 26-30, M 7 Responses Dec 11, 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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    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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    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
    papercastles papercastles 22-25, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    dreshany dreshany 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    kimberlyfaith kimberlyfaith 31-35, F 4 Responses Nov 10

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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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    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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    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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    Roz2014 Roz2014 41-45, F Nov 11

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 14

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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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    To enjoy your youth, enjoy school,

    and not to say " I can't wait till I'm 20"...
    jdash745 jdash745 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    It's called prostatic congestion,

    ignore the boy, and keep your virginity.
    Whinny00 Whinny00 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 11

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    Don't go to college and rack up all those

    student loans. Go to vocational school. Don't get married ever. Loving a man is not worth all the work it entails. Put the money from your bonus toward paying off your car. Move to Canada.
    melhgriff melhgriff 26-30, F Nov 11

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    I would tell myself to ignore the bullies

    as I wasn't even that fat when I was younger I look back at the pictures and think dam I wasn't even big but was still bullied and also to be careful who I ***** to. The photo was me when I was younger to the girl on the left was me and I was bullied for being fat hmmm
    annoyedgirl annoyedgirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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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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    Get braces, ppl will treat you poorly

    if you aren't pretty - and this rubbish about "its what's inside that counts" only lasts until you're 17..
    heyitsabike heyitsabike 31-35, F Nov 11

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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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    I'd give him the one

    that keeps the bullet from the head. Everything passes.
    ManFromEarth ManFromEarth 18-21, M Nov 11

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    To have waited at least four more years

    before you had sex and to be focused on school, so you could have finished college before your turn 23.
    believe201427 believe201427 26-30, F Nov 11

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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

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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 be so impulsive?

    Think clearly what it means before jumping in
    runrric runrric 70+, M Nov 11

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