What I Would Say To My Younger Self

19th September 2014
This week I’ve been inspired by a new competition from Legal & General which involves simply answering the question: “What Would You Say To Your Younger Self?” and thought I would give it a go.

There’s probably quite a lot I would want to say to my teenage self, as I was a very shy, anxious and socially isolated girl.

This was partly due to me being overweight for the majority of my childhood and being the tallest in the class, so I felt like a giant that stuck out like a sore thumb. I was bullied throughout my schooling, and looking back it was because I was an easy target as I never retaliated or stood up for myself.

So this is where I would start. I would work on my self esteem and tell myself to LOVE myself and RESPECT myself a darn site more.

Me (right) a few years before I hit the dreaded teens

The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me, and the more I just do what makes me happy (as long as it’s not hurting anyone else of course).

I am increasingly becoming aware of just how short and precious life is, so the biggest message I would give to my younger self would be to LIVE LIFE.

I wish I had travelled a lot more before I had a child, but I was always a homely girl that never liked to be away for long.  Now, I would tell myself to get out there and see the places I always wanted to see, such as Australia, Canada, America and Jamaica: all of these places I have family I have never met but want to in order to complete that “part” of me.

Now I’m a single parent of a toddler with a very low income, it’s hard to afford a holiday abroad, which strangely makes me want to tell my current self the same piece of advice to avoid my own son looking back and having the same disappointments.

I need to find a way to save some pennies to start being able to make memories for me and Chunk; My first aim is to take him to EuroDisney so he can meet all the characters he adores in his film collection.

Fingers crossed I get a chance to win this competition, as it’s £1000 of holiday vouchers, so these memories could potentially be made!

Check out the competition on the Legal & General website, or #youngerself on Twitter.

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  • Tracy Nixon

    7th October 2014 at 8:04 am

    Thank you for sharing! One of the things I would tell to my youngest self is not to take negative comments so much to heart, but instead ignore them if they were said to make me feel negative, or act on them if they were said to as constructive critisism x

  • glennamy

    5th November 2014 at 1:09 pm

    I would say to my younger self not to worry what other people think of me, it is simply not important… I would also say travel the world before settling down, in order to experience more before having so many commitments.

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