Dear Younger Me

Dear Younger Me or Anyone who is less than 40 years old,

Don’t be content. Don’t wait for life to get easier. Work on improving yourself today.

Read books. Listen to podcasts. Take long walks. Enjoy life.

Listen to people that don’t annoy you. And tell the ones that annoy you,  “Have a nice day,” and walk away.

Pick your battles. Not everything is worth your time and energy. Be wise. What’s going to matter 10 years from now, or even next week?

Don’t overcomplicate things.

If you don’t know, ask. Stop making things harder than they are.

Burn more candles.

Listen to music that you like.

Don’t be afraid to give it a shot — whatever you want. If you want to try it and it’s not something incredibly dangerous or incredibly stupid, just do it! Stop waiting for just the right time. There is no such thing.

Go stand up paddleboarding. Now!

Start decluttering today.

Clean for 5 minutes, then take a break.

Drink more water.

Go to bed half an hour earlier.

Start your blog today. Just write. There is no such thing as the perfect time or the perfect website.

Buy a mood lamp. Go outside and take a big breath in. When it comes to your health, the small things count. But don’t get obsessed about it. That’s annoying.

Don’t buy mini eggs. They are the devil’s food.

Don’t chase people who don’t appear to care. They probably don’t. Don’t be mean, just let them do their own thing.

Go to marriage counselling. Don’t wait one more day. Any kind of counselling is helpful, granted your counsellor is good.

Give more away. It feels good and you probably won’t miss it.

Don’t worry about your vehicle. Those things will all take care of themselves.

If you miss a workout, don’t freak out. The world will still go on turning. You won’t gain ten pounds overnight.

People who swear constantly will always bug you. Choose the friends you have on Facebook wisely.

Don’t let your kids go on technology until they’re in grade 7. You’ll thank me.

Go on Twitter. Not for news. Stop watching the news. Look for the things that interest you and make you happy. Unsubscribe from anything that makes you feel bad.

When you get angry, just be angry. Don’t eat chocolate.

When you’re sad, cry. Be sad. Stop thinking you shouldn’t be sad or angry. You feel things all the time that neither right nor wrong. Stop judging every thought, emotion, and action.

Ride a horse. Ride a bike. Go swimming. Workout for fun.

Go watch stargazing with your kids. Have a bonfire. Watch movies together.

Laugh. Laugh more. Laugh every single day.

When your foot or toes are injured, don’t hobble around. Take time to rest until you recover. Otherwise you’ll end up with plantar fasciitis.

Speaking of injured toes, when you move your oldest son into the basement, your second born will be tossing around a weight and drop it on your foot. Stay far away from a child who is juggling weights.

Buy bigger shoes and boots. Don’t wear flip flops.

Don’t get a cream coloured carpet for your living room or anywhere in your house. Get all hardwood floors or the equivalent.

Teach your kids to do their laundry when they’re 8 years old.

Always play good music when you’re doing chores or cleaning. Teach your kids to do the same.

Read parenting books by Dr. Kevin Leman.

Don’t give advice too freely.

Don’t judge.

Take everything with a grain of salt.


Day 7 – 500 Words a Day

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