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Casen Askew

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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.
I created this duplicate question for those who wanted to post on the earlier question but stumbled upon it too late to do so.

If you have not read through the answers on the other post, a task that, while a sizable feat, is definitely an inspiring read, here is the link to do that.



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  • Aug 5 2012: Advise to a younger me? "Brace yourself. Question everything, and don't settle for an answer until you've explored every possible known avenue. Stand up for yourself and the beliefs you have ingrained inside of you naturally and the ones you choose to adopt. Patience will not come easy for you, this will be something you must learn, and then learn to control. You have more capabilities than anyone is willing to tell you about, and it must be your own desire to seek these out. Things are not as they appear, nor are they as others want you to think. Embrace this knowledge and create your desires-even if no one is there to encourage and support you. When in doubt-look up. When you fail-get up. When you achieve-celebrate. Live each day as if there is no tomorrow. It's okay to have regrets, mistakes and hardships-don't let them kill you, or keep you down- these are tests of strength and abilities. Prove others wrong but do it gracefully. Be thankful for what you have- and be thankful for what you dont. Challenge yourself and find peace in your choices. You may think you are lost at times, but trust me-when I tell you to trust in yourself above all else. Develop the legacy you want to leave."

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