What would you say to your 18-year-old self?
If you could travel back in time, what one piece of advice would you give to your younger self? These real examples are tragic, insightful and sometimes downright hilarious.
Sense of self
“'Because people expect me to' is a very poor reason to do anything. I’d rather disappoint someone by doing what I want than by doing what they want."
"Getting that ‘sweet’ tribal band tattoo will be the decision you come to regret the most."
"You’re not stuck unless you let yourself be stuck… not with that person, or that job, or that life.
You can change if you have the guts and it’s better to do it than to stick it out hoping things will get better.
They only get better if you make them get better."
"Your taste in art/music/movies/games/literature/politics does not make you any more interesting than the next person.
Those things are for your private entertainment, they’re not fashion accessories."
"Networking, connections, schmoozing and social skills do more to determine your place in the world than any hard work or talent.
Try being useful to other people, rather than cool and cocky, and see where that gets you."
"If you join the Navy, you will spend 4.5 years of your life lonely and depressed and out at sea in a radar maintenance room listening to loud radar noise, counting the days till you get out."
Love and family
"Talk a lot less and listen a lot more. Stand up straight, nobody thinks you’re dark and mysterious. You’re not pulling that off at all."
"Girls like confidence. Just be yourself and proud of it. Approach them. Talk. Laugh.
Don’t keep standing sheepishly at a bar hoping they’ll flock to you because you're being cool. They won’t."
"Be there for your sister. She will need you. Of all the regrets in life, her death was by far the most painful.
Do not take those in your life for granted. They are what truly matter above all else."
What would you tell your younger self?
All answers sourced via Reddit