I’ve been reading The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews so I started to follow him on Twitter.
One of his recent tweets really got me thinking. He asked a simple question: What advice would you give to your younger self?
I could come up with a pretty long list but here is a start:
Take Spanish all 4 years in high school. It’ll save you the time and frustration of having to take some in college.
Spend more time with your Grandparents. They’ll be gone sooner than you think.
While you’re at it have your Grandma show you how to make blackberry jam. Her’s was the best and you’ll never find a store bought kind that even comes close to tasting as good.
Save your Star Wars figures. You can sell them for some serious cash someday.
Practice the piano and don’t stop taking lessons. It’s a skill you can use the rest of your life.
Spend less time looking for a girlfriend and more time making friends. Girlfriends come and go but real friends won’t.
Try wearing contacts. You’ll like them. That way you won’t want to kick yourself when you eventually do at age 40.
Take risks. Take chances. It’s OK to fail at something as long as you try and you learn something from it.
When you’re at Church camp and you go on a night hike be sure and bring a flashlight. It will help you avoid stepping in a latrine.
Start saving money early. Make it a habit. You’ll thank me on this one later.
Those are just a few of my initial thoughts. I’m still thinking about the question a day after I read it.
So what about you? What advice would you give to your younger self?