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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 15 2012: I would tell the younger me that life is a sum of infinitely tiny moments and that we are all products of our choices and decisions. That no matter what or who I may try to blame for my present circumstance, the small choices I made in those tiny moments have brought me thus far. I will tell myself to always do things from my guts and with courage knowing fully well that I and only I shall be praised or blamed for my failures and successes. I shall tell the younger me to be strong enough to be myself as long as that me is loving enough to purse at different moments to think about others and their welfare.

    I shall plead to the younger me never for any reason to think of considering the crossing of those ethical lines that define who I am for the vain promise of making more friends because no one wants to walk life's road with another lost man with no values or principles. I will advice the younger me to love life and make the most of every moment I have been presented with in life for that is the only thing that I can't gain back.

    Above all I shall tell myself to love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all mind, with all my soul, spirit and body and to consider anyone who claims that there is no God with pity because all men are fallen and are living in a fallen and broken world where everyone's pride and relentless pursuit of self glory has blinded his eyes and prevents him from seeing the boundless evidence of God in all creatures of His.

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