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What advice would you give a younger you?

Consider, for a second, your life. Consider all of the life lessons you've learned and the experiences you've undergone during your brief existence here. Consider the trials and tribulations you've faced and the lessons you've learned "the hard way." If you could write a letter to you, at any point in your life, and give yourself as much advice as you saw fit, what would you say? Would you remind yourself that life goes on? Would you promise that things always get better no matter how terrible they might seem? Would you take the philosophy of Frank Sinatra and explain to your younger self that "That's Life"? Would you plead with yourself to turn to God sooner? Would you warn yourself to stay away from soda, salt, and red meat?

Of course, this arouses the argument of "I like my life the way it is now, and everything that happened happened for a reason thus I would not change anything." If that is your stance, then I pose another question: What advice would you give to a younger being? Age, culture, ethnic background, and special circumstances are arbitrary, irrelevant, and up to you.

This is your chance, here and now, to give any and all of the advice you've found so essential to happiness and well being, to a youth that might sincerely need it.

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P.S. I created a duplicate post of this question to allow those who have not found this page yet to continue to engage in an exercise that leads them to inspire others, motivate themselves, and allow those who really need your advice to easily receive it.

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    Jul 10 2012: To my 4th grade self,

    Listen up kid, you're not always right. Your parents know what life is like. They are there for you. Take their advice once and awhile, trust me they are right 99% of the time. They have been where you are now. Learn from their mistakes. I'm going to give you a bit of advice from the future now. Convince Dad to buy stock in Google not Yahoo, trust me. Learn how to use computers. I don't mean play games and surf the internet, build software. You'll figure it out if you want to be surrounded by intelligent driven people. Lastly, drop out of high school freshman year and begin college immediately. I don't have much time because the portal is closing but heed these words!

    From the future you,

    p.s. The first time you ever go snowboarding watch out for the ski lift, it's an ankle breaker.

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