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What Advice Would You Give Your Younger Self?

Posted by Thomas on April 8, 2012

This post has 218 words and will take you less than 3 ½ minutes to read.

In the latest issue of O Magazine (May 2012) I was inspired by a segment called The Enlightenment of Age. The task: write a letter of advice to your younger self (e.g. the 25-year-old you). All entries were noteworthy, but Michael J. Fox’s contribution resonated with me the most. Enjoy the read below. Here is my challenge to you, sit down, give it some thought, and do the same. Write a letter to your younger self, age 20. What advice about life and living would you give the 20-year-old you? (This should be interesting.)

Dear Michael,

When the time comes to chase your dreams, and it will, they may seem elusive; but know you won’t catch them all at once. Just one challenge at a time.

When success comes, and it will, don’t gobble it up—savor and share it and it will last.

When love comes, and it will, don’t bury it in expectation and projection—be prepared to fall in love all over again every day.

When the unexpected and inconceivable intrudes on life, and it will, deal with life’s actual events—don’t obsess about perceived eventualities.

Relax—enjoy the ride.

(Author attribution: Michael J. Fox, 50, actor and activist. As printed in May 2012 edition of O Magazine, page 178)



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