I know I’m not the only person that wishes they had a time machine. Unfortunately, time machines don’t exist. We have to live with the trial and error of the past. I’m not the type of person who has many regrets. I would like to think that most of the time I’ve made good decisions in life. Still, everyone probably has advice that they would like to give their younger selves. I know I do. I was just talking to a co-worker last week talking how I wish I could go back in time and tell my 23-year-old self some things. Below are five things that I would tell the younger version of myself.
Save more money
In the past, I was somewhat decent with saving money. Looking back I know that I could have saved more. I never really experienced the typical broke college student lifestyle. I always had a job or some kind of legal hustle going on. I partied and went out a lot, though. Instead of spending that money, I should have put some away in an online account or something. You live, and you learn.
Watch less TV
Growing up I was addicted to TV. If I wasn’t outside playing, I would be watching TV. I did this up until my mid-twenties. Something clicked in my brain. I stopped watching trash TV such as reality shows and started reading a lot more. Honestly, it seems like I have read more books now than I did when I was in high school and college. For me, reading keeps my mind fresh. I am able to learn more things. TV can’t help me with that.
My only real regret from college is not studying abroad for a few weeks during the summer. I literally talked myself out of it a couple of times. I let fear dictate my actions. If I could go back and do it again, I would have signed up for the study abroad course in a heartbeat.
Apply at least $50 per month to your private loans
I didn’t make the most amount of money once I graduated from college. I was still getting used to being a real adult. Instead of deferring all the loans that I had and not paying anything, I would tell my younger self to pay at least $50 per month on them. Doing that would have at least had the amounts lower than they are now.
Every Atlanta sports team will break your heart so get used it
If you are from Atlanta, you can feel my pain on this one. We haven’t had a title in Atlanta since 1995. That was 21 freaking years ago. Since then Atlanta teams have played in the playoffs a lot, but they always find a way to lose. ( I’m not even gonna discuss the Super Bowl.) I would tell my younger self not to get so emotionally invested in those teams because they will lose and break your heart over and over again.
Those are five things that I would tell my younger self. What would you tell your younger self?
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