Wednesday, October 24, 2012

If I could do it all again

As I grow older time seems to pass more quickly.  Seems like just last year I was in high school.  Just last week I was in the singles' ward.  And as if yesterday, my beautiful daughter was born.  Thinking back makes me think about things I would do differently, lessons I learned from my mistakes.  Here are some I wish I had learned a little earlier in my life.

Don't be afraid to look silly.  (Actually one of my greatest fears) People are rarely watching you to see if you look goofy, dumb, whatever.  So go ahead and be crazy.

Try new things.  Don't be afraid of new experiences.  You may find something you love because you try something different.

Enjoy the stage of life you are currently in.  I wasted so much time while I was single wishing I was married.  I forgot to enjoy it.  Bloom where you are planted.

Make friends, be social.  It's so easy to stay in your own little cocoon.  But you only grow when you stretch yourself.  I learned so much from my friends and roommates.  I am so lucky to have such amazing friends.

Family is the most important thing.  I love my family, always have.  But I take them for granted. They are my best friends.  I know they will be there for me no matter what.  But I need to take time to strengthen my relationships with them. 

I wish I could go back in time and tell myself these things.  But I can only take the lessons I've learned and move on from here. 


Valerie said...

Great reminders. I have often wondered how many things I would have done differently if I would be able to go back and teach myself the things I've learned over the years.

Megan said...

Good lessons we all need to do better. Thanks for this inspiration!

Nicky said...

Thanks for the reminders! I totally needed to read this today. You're awesome and I'm so glad that I've gotten to have you in my life. You truly are an amazing person and I'm thankful for what you have taught me.

Tiff :o) said...

I often wish I could go back knowing what I know now. Mainly though is to not be afraid to be myself. I used to be so afraid that people wouldn't like me if they knew how weird I was...well, I still think that but I don't let it stop me from being me anymore. Life is a lot funner without that keeping me from doing the things I want to do. And family...yes. I feel exactly the same way. I am so horrible at building relationships with those I love...I just know they'll always be there and I'll always be there for them...I am so bad at that.