Life is filled with an exuberant amount of experiences. We learn from relationships that end or sustain, we learn to find peace in chaos, we learn how to raise our children in a world that's ever changing and we learn to flow with the cyclical  waves of life.

I asked friends if they could give their younger self a bit of advice, what would it be? I thought it would be great to share with you whether you're experiencing something in life that's similar, looking for inspiration or maybe you have a bit of wisdom to share too. Let me know.

Here's the very eloquent and sometimes humorous responses:

"When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as they are meant to. May I remember that my life is what it is, not what I ask for. May I find the strength to bear it, the grace to accept it, the faith to embrace it. When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time."  - Raquel

"Avoid debt as much as you can, but realize that a high credit score is the key to opening many of the doors to your dreams. A low credit score means no house, no car, no business loans, and sometimes, no job opportunity. Learn and understand how to use that number to benefit your future, but without imprisoning yourself to huge debt." - Melissa

"There will be good days and there will be bad days. There will be people who like you and people who dislike you. There will be people who you can trust and there will be people who will lie to you and about you. There will be people who will support you and there will be people who will turn their backs. And, you will make good decisions and you will make bad decisions. But through it all, you will survive and thrive and grow. You are in control of your life and you will be amazing! Life really is a journey and not a destination." - Barb

"Realize at an early age, you do not belong to your parents. As Khalil Gibran wrote, "Our children are not our own. They come through us, but they are not us." Point being - Be your own person. Although it might be nice to have your parents' - and others' - approval and acknowledgement, you can live without it. Make good choices and plan your life. Set realistic goals. And always remember - It's Your Life. Live It Fully." - Jo

And here's mine:

"The only obstacle standing in the way of your goals is yourself. Be resourceful. Be flexible. Also, people are going to come and go, no one is constant. The only constant is yourself. Stay true to your values and do what you feel is right in your heart. When someone is not authentic in their own values or has no values, they’re probably not going to add value to your life. Lastly, true love is unconditional. When someone exhibits conditional rules related to love – that’s not love." - Danielle Teal

If you want to read them all, take a look here.






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