I was totally inspired today by this post on the lovely and awesome Katie Blogs. She wrote a letter to a special friend who’s turning six. A letter that she wish she had gotten at that age. It was filled with such loving and heart felt sentiments. It got me thinking about what I would have liked to hear at age six, and there probably is a lot. I had a happy go lucky childhood, but growing up was hard. So here are the things I wish someone had told my six-year-old self.
There’s so much to say, but I don’t want to spill all the beans so let me offer you a few points of advice. Things I want you to know and take to heart to help you on the way ahead.
- First, life is not fair. I’m sure you’ve experienced this from having to share when you don’t want to or having to wait in line when someone else cuts. Just know that even when it’s not fair you can’t look at what everyone else is doing. You have to make sure that you’re ok with yourself at the end of the day, that’s what matters.
- When in doubt, take a deep breath and look at things from a different point of view. You will learn, way later, how to be empathetic and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, but in the mean time put your pride aside. The best thing to do when you want to lose your cool is to take a breath, really think about what’s important, and the consequences of over reacting. More often than not, you’re upset over something that is so not worth it!
- You can’t really be anything you want to be when you grow up, but if you have your heart set on being something, and it seems very far away, make it your job to get there. It won’t be easy and you have to REALLY want it, but if you’re willing to sacrifice and work HARD, then your dreams can come true. Don’t give up!
- Do what you love. Whether it’s building a Lego house now (do I owe Ed Sheeran royalties?) or being a ballet dancer next week, do it! Continue this when you grow up. You may not be paid to do what you love, but do it anyway.
- Most importantly, do not grow up too fast. You may wish and hope and dream of being older, but you’ll get there when it’s time. Believe it or not, you will be a grown up wishing to be your age again! Live for the moments that life gives you and enjoy them. Being a child, young adult, teen, and all that has it’s benefits. Don’t try and handle grown up problems, or even worry about them. It will all work out, the adults can handle it.
Wait till you see what’s in store for you in the future! It’s a doozy sometimes but you’ll look back and realize you don’t regret a thing because your present is that great. Love you!
Your 30-year-old self