Thursday, May 8, 2014

Words of Wisdom

If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?

I can't say I have any regrets, but I would love to ease the way for my younger self by sharing wisdom gained with age. But where to start? Two words is pretty stingy, so they'd better pack a punch.

Gerbera Daisies - Flotsam of the Mind

I could go with practical advice:

wear sunscreen
drink less
not him

Or general advice for being a better person:

be kind
don't judge
give more

But each of these bits of advice is either too specific or too broad. If I'm to help myself, I need broadly applicable advice that could change my life in specific ways. I'd tell my young self:

There's more.

More places to live than those you've already experienced. More people unlike those you've already met. More paths than those you see.

There's more than just your experience and world view. Learn about the others. Try them on to see what fits. You may be different than you think you'll be.

There's more to you and your talents than you see on the surface. Explore. Try things. You might be more than you thought you could be.

There's more than one good outcome, and the best may not be the one that makes you happy today. Embrace some uncertainty in the pursuit of new things and broader horizons. The only thing holding you back is you.

There's more.

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I chose the above question as the writing prompt for my blogging group today. I thought it could be thought-provoking, potentially funny, and would be a great question to pose to our readers. What two-word advice would you give to your younger self?

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  1. Love it! (=two words). My post will come tomorrow.

  2. Mine would be "Get Up". Metaphorically: Life is going to knock you on your ass. Get up and move on. Literally: Get up, get out of bed, and go. Life is too short to waste time doing nothing.