There are so many times in the past when I was disappointed about a goal not achieved or dream not fulfilled. But in hindsight, I looked back to discover that the path I took had better results. It may have been a relationship, a business opportunity, or something that shifted my attention. While it was upsetting, when I looked back over time, the episode was a detour that got me back on track.
Recently someone challenged me with “what advice would you tell your younger, 20-something self?” Really made me pause and think about my experiences and decisions.
Found the song by Rod Stewart, "Ooh La La," with the lyrics, "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger!" * It got me inspired to jot down some ideas.
Try This: Wish that I knew what I know now
How about a challenge this week? Explore the advice you would give to your younger self. Maybe start with playing the song and then during the next few days, craft a message with one or all of these:
- Write a letter to your younger self
- Create a voice recording by dictating a message to yourself on your phone
- Send yourself an email
- Record a video message on your phone or using Zoom
- Jot down the message in a journal
As the last month of summer, let's focus on exercises that help us look back at our adult lives - the good and bad - to appreciate where we've been. Hopefully, you'll find a memory or fun story that makes you smile at how your path led you to today!
*Rod Stewart Ooh La La (Official Video): https://youtu.be/eEniy4CmSZQ