If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Our client, Senior Community Centers, is hosting a very cool event called “Notes to our Sons & Daughters.” The Oct. 11, 2012 event is a stylized, black and white photo exhibit featuring more than 30 diverse San Diegans with emphasis on their life’s journey. The exhibition is artfully directed by famed photographer and Escondido resident Philipp Scholz Rittermann. The photographs, which highlight well-known San Diego artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, academics, restaurateurs, and community leaders, as well as Senior Community Centers seniors, will each be accompanied a “note” from the subject revealing lessons learned traversing life’s vicissitudes to be passed on to the next generation, our collective sons and daughters.

While I haven’t been on this earth a long time, I do have some things to say to my younger self. I graduated from high school nearly two decades ago. I graduated from college 15 years ago. I just had a filling replaced in my mouth that was put in 25 years ago. Here’s what I’d say:

  • Don’t stress about that class in college where you had to do a slide show as a promotional tool. You will never touch another photo slide in your life.
  • You will endure major challenges, and will succeed in overcoming them when you keep your humor intact. It truly is mind over matter.
  • Surround yourself with people who are a positive influence and who make you a better person. Don’t be afraid to let go of the ones who no longer fit that criteria.
  • It’s okay to evolve your thinking, your life.
  • Families are created in various ways – be open to what’s possible.

What would you share with your younger self? Share in the comments. And check out who is being featured in this incredible exhibit here.

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2 thoughts on “If you could talk to your younger self, what would you say?

  1. I love and agree with everything you would tell your younger self, I would have loved to know that when I was younger.
    Some additional ones are :
    Don’t sweat the small stuff
    Everything happens for a reason
    Try new things as often as you can
    Action cures fear
    Talk positively about yourself

  2. Just to add a few more things to tell my younger self:
    Pay attention in those college classes.
    Go to the beach more often, you live right next to it!
    Pick up a book and read it..’till the end.

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