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What do you wish you knew when you were younger?

A friend of mine posted this video on Facebook and I started to think about it.

Think about it, what are the three things you wish you knew when you were younger? Here are mine:

1. That I was an idiot worrying about tiny stuff that wasn’t important at all.
With this, I totally agree with Zach. Worrying is my second name, right next to getting upset. Yes, I’m using present tense, as I still fall back into old patterns from time to time. Remembering how much time I spent worrying about things that in fact didn’t matter at all and getting angry even about tiny things is distressing! And yes, thinking about it, it makes me feel like an idiot.

2. That allowing people to drag me down was stupid. That might sound radical, but I often was surrounded by people who didn’t deserve my company. I’m talking about negative people, people who drag you down rather then motivate and support you or persons that simply are assholes. Spending time with these people and allowing them to influence me in a negative way was a very stupid thing to do. Time is precious, so don’t waste it by spending it with the “wrong” people.

3. That it’s the little things that matter. I didn’t recognize this when I was younger. It’s always the big incidents that one remembers. I wish I had made more effort to remember little things and be more aware of how precious a short moment can be.

This is actually a good exercise to pause for a moment and think about your younger self and about the person you are now. Maybe you are like me, falling back into old patterns sometimes although now you know it better. Or maybe you’ve learned your lesson and changed the way you think and act now. Either way, being aware of the three individual things you wish you knew when you were younger might help you lead a happier life.


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