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What Would You Tell Your 20 Year Old Self?

Danielle Laporte’s blog White Hot Truth is my stomping grounds when I have overdosed on reading and writing about technology and feel inundated with tools, applications and gadgets. Rather than creating content for readers to digest and swallow whole, Danielle’s writing prompts more questions than it answers. Her posts act a reminder that each of us can and should write the story only we can tell.

I recently read Danielle’s post Notes To My 20 Year Old Self. which includes a list of what she has learned as she approaches turning 40. I included Danielle’s list below from Notes to my 20 Year Old Self:

  1. Algebra really is useless.
  2. Credit cards are mostly evil.
  3. Talk is cheap.
  4. If he doesn’t stay until morning, he’s probably married or deeply insecure.
  5. There is no soul mate. I know, this is particularly hard news to take because you are longing for The One 24-7. But, guess what, The One is The One because you say he/she is. And that’s way more liberating and empowering than anything preordained or supposedly destined.
  6. And while we’re ‘dising cosmic romanticism – there’s no such thing as destiny. Life really is what you make it.
  7. Tragedy happens. Yes, everything happens for a reason, but life can be cruel and wrenching and while it all comes out in the cosmic wash, some souls collide and mistakes do happen.
  8. Louise Hay is a magnificent woman, but there is more to the machinations of life, illness, and cosmology than the simple explanations offered by You Can Heal Your Life. Cancer is not necessarily a result of repressed guilt, and you may not necessarily choose to heal your life this time around – that’s okay. Illness doesn’t make you a New Age Loser.
  9. Diplomacy is overrated.
  10. If your boss tries to french kiss you, it’s out of bounds.
  11. Only lend books if you don’t want them back.
  12. Go to more concerts.
  13. If you don’t kiss girls in your twenties, you’ll probably never get around to trying it out. You should try it out.
  14. You’re right – kindness is one of the most powerful natural resources there is…infinitely renewable.
  15. Your feelings are exceedingly more useful than your ability to rationalize your fears or other people’s poor behaviour.
  16. Your heart…your heart…your heart is where it’s at.
  17. When you turn 40, you shall be rocking like never before, grateful for absolutely everything, and you will finally, finally feel like earth is home…for the most part.

-Danielle Laporte

Thanks, Danielle, for continuously forcing me to dig deeper (even when it hurts like hell) and for inspiring me to write my own list.

As I work on my own list, I wonder why I did not not think to do it sooner. We all deserve to celebrate the lessons we have learn. I encourage each of you to write your own lists. I will share mine with you, and hope you will consider doing the same.

What would you tell your 20 year old self?

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  1. September 27, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    1 – Only if you don’t know how to do it. Algebra makes a lot of colloquially “hard” decisions really easy

    2 – Again, only if you have no self control with your spending. I pay my balance off at the end of every month and rack up points. Amex & MasterCard work for me

    4 – Or he just doesn’t wanna be with you?

    I agree with everything else. Good post.

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