5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

We all have advice we wish we could give our younger selves. For me, it’s not just one thing, it’s a long list of things that I wish I had known when my 20s were starting out. At the time, I was going through so many changes and difficulties that I didn’t realize how much better things would get over time (though they did).

The famous life quotes helped me a lot during my 20s, but I didn’t know about them until much later. If there’s one thing I wish I knew when I was younger, it’s that there are many ups and downs in life and they’ll never go away completely. You just have to learn how to deal with them better than you are right now.

Here are five things that you might want to keep in mind:

Life is not a race

I wish I had known that life is not a race. You can’t do everything at once, and the journey will always be more important than the destination. Its okay to take your time, especially when it comes to making big decisions or learning new skills–you don’t need to be perfect right now.

Everyone has problems

The second thing I wish I knew when I was younger is that everyone has problems.

I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s actually pretty easy to forget. When you’re in the middle of your own hard times, it can be difficult to remember that other people are going through similar things–and even if they aren’t exactly experiencing what you are, chances are they’ve been through something similar at some point in their lives. We all have things we’re dealing with and issues that need resolving; we just don’t always talk about them openly because of stigma or shame around mental health issues (or whatever else). But learning how to open up about our struggles goes a long way toward helping us feel connected to each other as humans.

Skinny isn’t always sexy

I wish I had understood that weight is not the same as health. Weight can be a sign of good health, but it’s not always a good indicator. For example, if you’re very muscular and eat a balanced diet, or if you have a medical condition that makes it difficult for your body to gain weight (such as celiac disease), then being skinny isn’t necessarily an issue for you–it’s just the way things are.

Similarly, being overweight doesn’t necessarily mean someone is unhealthy or lazy; sometimes people gain weight because they have high metabolisms and need more calories than others do in order to function properly (like athletes). And many people who are overweight have never heard about the importance of eating healthy foods and exercising regularly–they may have been conditioned since childhood into believing that “fat” means “lazy.”

Sometimes you just need to walk away

It’s easy to get pulled into other people’s problems, especially if they’re your friends and family. But when someone is constantly asking for help or advice, it’s okay to set boundaries and say “no” sometimes. If someone is taking advantage of your time or energy (and not reciprocating), then it might be time for some distance between the two of you. And if someone keeps dragging you down because their life sucks so much that all they want to do is complain about everything all day long? Well then maybe that person isn’t worth keeping around either.

Your 20s are still the best years of your life (so far)

Your 20s are still the best years of your life (so far). This is a time when you can discover who you are and what you want out of life. It’s also an excellent opportunity to experiment with different careers, relationships, and other aspects of your life.

It’s important that we learn from our mistakes and make sure they don’t happen again in the future. But it’s also important not to let those mistakes hold us back from having fun.


This is the advice that I would give to my younger self. You are doing great, and you have so much to look forward to in your future. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

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