I was inspired to write the list below after reading someone’s Facebook post. Like many things I write, I save them, and tuck them away for another day. I am so glad I came across this list of advice I would give to my younger self last night. God has a habit of doing that with me. I know I have created several of these lists over the years and it would be fun to find them all and combine them. This is not an exhausted list – just the first things that came to my mind one day.
What I would say to my younger self:
You are smarter and braver than you think!
Just because someone says it doesn’t make it true.
Your mom is fighting her own battle – don’t take it personally!
Being adopted is an AMAZING thing!
Your Heavenly Father loves you and that counts for a lot!
Dig into God’s Word and cling to His promises!
Pray without ceasing!
Ignore the critics – stand tall and enjoy every second of high school!
Do not date that boy in high school – he is insecure and mean.
You and Kim will stay friends way beyond high school – embrace her and listen to her more!
Eat healthy and keep exercising! Exercise for your heart health – not to be skinny!
What people say about you does not matter – what you think of you does. Be confident!
Trust your gut and say “NO” more! No is a complete sentence!
(Link to video by Mercy Me)
After reading the above thoughts, I shared my list as part of a Periscope Broadcast today. One thing I love about reading this advice to my younger self is that it does not make me feel bad about myself or fill me with regret. I am inspired that God has brought me so far. He loves me so much that He did not leave me as the insecure, wounded, and lost teenager that I was back in high school. And this list reminds me that God has been answering a long time prayer request that I have been praying and I am becoming the strong woman I had always dreamt I would be.
I highly recommend you see this as a helpful exercise and you do the same thing. Create a list of things you would say to your younger self and save it!
If you would like, please leave a couple of the items you would put on your list in the comments below. I would love to read them!!!