Monday, January 7, 2013

What I Wish I Knew @ 21...


With a new year comes reflection and sometimes reflections
bring us back to our younger selves..
I thought this would be a fun post for this Monday.

I read this article in Oprah's magazine sometime last year
and she recently talked about it again at Huffington Post 
on her OWN feature and I thought i would touch on it.
It's things she wish she would have known at 21 years-old....
I know there have been many things we all wish we would have known when we were that age.
Here are some of the things, Oprah would have told herself:
*Never doubt your path
*This too shall pass
*You can be the observer of your life
*You are the artist of your own life--
and can use as many colors and textures as possible (and erase when necessary)

Telling herself these things she says would have saved her a lot of heart ache and self doubt.
But then sometimes the experiences we have become the greatest teachers.
But it's never fun when we are going through it.


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And the fact that she got to meet Jesse Jackson at 21 years-old
and now is more powerful and well know than him is incredible in itself!
Oprah's meanderings got me thinking about what I wish I knew at that age...
because when you are 21years old...you honestly do think you know it all! 

So here goes, What I Wish I Knew at 21:
*Choose a career that will allow you to have more time with your children
*The boy you are chasing is not going to be your husband...leave him alone!!
*Start running (instead of just doing aerobics)
*Save more money
*You are bolder now personally and professionally than you will ever be
*Start blogging...it will be fun to look back on the memories
*Wear more high heels (& have fun with fashion)
*Go to hollywood
*Be bold always and do not fear--that will take you far!!!

Now it's your turn...
What do you wish you would have told your 21year-old self?


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15 comments:

Law_Fal said...

Amen and hallelujah ten times to "the boy you are chasing is not going to be your husband...leave him alone" that is a definite truth for me lol great post, mind if I use this one? :-)

Heather said...

Great post! I wish I had known that I didn't have to waste so much time on boys who were not right for me. The right one was definitely out there waiting!

Rose's Daughter said...

AMEN AMEN about the boys you are chasing will not be your husband!! I would not have wasted those 2 years! I would have also stuck with writing. Who knows where I would have been now!!

Cam | Bibs and Baubles said...

that first one is soo true! i didn't know how important it would be to me to have more time with my kids.

kita said...

At 21 I was doing a lot better than what I am now so I need to flip this lol. No, but at 21 I had a decent job, I went out more, and the boy I chased is my husband so that part went ok. I wish I had went into a career of writing because that is my passion it took me over 10 years from 21 to figure that out.

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I wish I could tell my 21 year old self to NOT DATE DUSTIN. I know I now, I learned lessons from him. But still.

Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama said...

These are great :) I am the weird one who was all over her fire husband at 21! I would tell my 21 year old self to travel more and brand name everything is just not the biz!

Marilyn said...

Amazing.. ;))) SO true.. lol.. I just laughed about something similar the other day talking to my little nieces.. The whole idea is comical knowing I've been there, and what the results are for the little things that are BIG deals to them right now.. Great post.. the boy you are chasing is not going to be your husband! - #truth.. I miss your blog and I'm BACK fully.. xoxox

Marilyn said...

ps: HAPPPPPY NEW YEAR LOVE..

Baby Shopaholic said...

I learned a lot of life lessons early! I would tell myself then and now to save more : )

Sarah and Stewart said...

Oprah gives the BEST advice! I can't tell you how many times I've started a sentence with "Well, Oprah says..." :-)

Dani @ OKDani.com said...

Man I have a lot I'd tell my 21 year old self. Namely. "You're going to end up marrying this boy, don't be so mean to him" LOL

G K said...

To be smarter with money. In fact, I still need to tell my 30-year-old self that sometimes. *sigh*

Hope Reid said...

What a great post. I love your list. There are so many things I wish I knew when I was 21...I would've handled my finances very differently. Great post.

Sherelle said...

I love the thought of reflecting and uplifting my 21 yr. old self. Let's see I would tell myself to calm down, it's not the end of the world! Stop stressing, God has everything under control.