• G.C. Lafleur

Goodbye 20s, Hello 30s | 12 Things I Would Tell 20 Year Old Me

Updated: May 15, 2020

"On my path to see the light sometimes my vision gets blurred It's all a part of growing up and seeing life at it's worst" - Ludacris

As I bid adieu to the final year of my 20s, I reflect on the past decade, and though it has brought me some amazing highs, it also came with some crushing lows. These past 10 years were no walk in the park, there were definitely things I wish I had done or knew during my 20s that would have made my journey a whole lot smoother. But, I can’t change the past, all I can do is live, learn, and move forward with new life lessons. However, If I could go back in time to speak to my younger self, while in no particular order of importance, these are just a few of the things I’d say.

  1. Trust in your family: At the end of the day, they will always have your back, no matter what

  2. You cannot plan out life: Don't be so hard on yourself when life doesn't go according to plan. Trust in God and move forward, don't harbor on the past. "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

  3. Don't be afraid to take risks: Don't let the fear of failure hold you back. To quote the wonderful Ms. Frizzle “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy” Life is too short to be so rigid! Que Sera, Sera!

  4. Don't be afraid to share your thoughts and ideas: Just because they don't follow social norms doesn’t mean they're stupid ideas.

  5. Talk to people outside of your comfort zone: You’ll never know who's next to you unless you say something. You will meet many people from all corners of the world, some will become your best friends and mentors.

  6. Learn to let people go: Just because you've been friends since Elementary, Middle, or High School, it's OK to accept that you've grown apart, and it's OK to move on. Stop trying to tend a branch that's already dried up.

  7. Read more: Invest in an audible account

  8. Try a hobby: You’ll be surprise with what brings you comfort and ease of mind --> Running

  9. Start taking your health seriously: Eat more fruits and veggies, work out! Vegetarianism is going to be the best thing you’ll ever do for your health

  10. Learn to be OK with being alone: Don't let your happiness be based on how many people are around you.

  11. Start investing: Start taking saving seriously. Learn to read the stock charts. Its 2010, Amazon is just getting to $100 (it's almost $2400 now), save some money and buy! Look into other financial entities besides standard banks

  12. NOBODY IS PERFECT!!: You are so hard on yourself that you hold yourself back. No one is judging, and if they are, SO WHAT! Everybody has baggage

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