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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 23 2012: My dearest,
    I am writing you this letter, regarding your future life.
    First, you have to know that life is hard, very hard. There some unpredictable events, that are horrifying and that you can not prevent. Life is trampling over you, it doesn’t ask.
    But you have to know to recognize a moment, when you have to react. Grab it! Do not be afraid. Listen to your heart at all times. If somebody steps on your toes, do what you think is the most appropriate. Sometimes it is good to fight back! But, at all times try to be polite, it is the only way to succeed in your chosen field.
    Be brave. Take care of your body as well your soul.
    At all times, try to take care about your friends and all those close to you.
    To those that disappoint you, forgive, but do not forget.
    And finally, smile. Life is precious unique gift we were given by some mysterious reason.
    There will be no replay!

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