Things I Can’t Tell My Younger Self So I’m Telling You
As much as parents don’t want our kids to repeat our mistakes, there are some things they need to learn on their own. But what if sharing your experiences could help them avoid some of those mistakes? In this episode we’re discussing all the things I can’t tell my younger self so I’m telling my daughter.
Have you ever heard of the saying “you don’t know what you don’t know”? Well as you get older you realize how much you didn’t know about so many things. That’s why you are always telling your kids what to do and what not to do—because we don’t want them to repeat our mistakes. Well since hindsight is 2020 there’s not much this list can do for me, but I’m hoping it will help my daughter avoid some the life lessons I had to learn the hard way.
In this episode we discuss what I’ve learned from my mistakes including…
- Everything is not black and white
- Pay yourself first
- Don’t be afraid to roll solo
- Start your eye cream and anti-aging skin care routine no later than 25
- Wear sunblock
- Pay more attention to what you put in your body
- Watch how you talk to yourself and how you talk to others
- It’s ok to be vulnerable with the right people
- Give every dollar an assignment. Create a budget and stick to it!
- Nobody cares. Don’t take everything personally.
- Be flexible
- Pay more attention to actions than words
- Done is better than perfect
- Wake up earlier so that you are more productive
- Make moving a part of your lifestyle
- Use your credit wisely
- Don’t drink to get drunk
- Family isn’t always blood-related
- Contribute to your retirement fund sooner than later
- Don’t let technology consume you
- Appreciate your eyebrows
- It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it
- You’re not alone
- Try not to judge other people and their decisions
- Don’t stay too long—in job, relationship, or wherever you are in life. When things are working, move on!
- Trust, but verify
- Be careful about what content you consume and who you spend time with
- Learn how to give yourself closure
- The only thing you can change about a man is his clothes
- Look for the lesson in every experience
- It won’t always feel like it, but you are exactly where you are supposed to be
It’s so important to share your experiences with your kids so that hopefully they can learn from your mistakes. Having conversations like this also increase the chances of them come to you when they need advice.