CBC Radio, often my muse, posed an interesting question today. What would you tell your sixteen year old self if you could send a message back in time? After pondering for the 45 minute ride home, I’ve come up with this:
- Lighten up. Don’t think that things are so serious. As Dad always told you, No one takes you seriously so why should you?
- Get some compassion. Things are not as black and white as you think. In fact, this is the last time in your life that you will ever be so certain that you are right.
- Embrace everything that comes your way. You’ll be tempted to turn away from new experiences because they are new and scary and come at inconvenient times. Grasp them. You will wonder what might have been and they won’t take you so far from the path you want to be on that you can’t get back.
What about you?