5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

5 Things I Would Tell My Younger SelfI 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.

Study abroad

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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  1. I also wish that I would have put money towards my loans while I was still in school. 4 years worth of payments would have made a good dent and I’d probably be much closer to being debt free had I chose to go that route.
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  2. Start putting money in your 401k account as soon as you are able,and always enough to get the maximum company match. Never to early to save for retirement. Follow your dreams. Don’t let others choose the course of your life; You only get one. Live it the way you want to.

  3. I’d tell my younger self to learn to appreciate me earlier in life:)
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  4. I tell myself to work even more harder every time I learn is still have some loan to pay. Also having a credible investment is a good plan to make things work more easily.
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  5. Haha nice pic! I think the thing I would tell myself is to stick to computers. I was really interested when I was younger and if I had totally geeked out I’d probably be a software engineer in silicone valley making millions 😉

    Minnesota has had some pretty epic run-ins with Atlanta. It’s been since 1991 that we’ve had a title if you exclude college hockey and the WNBA. The Twins did beat Atlanta in one of their World Series wins so we had that going for us 😉 I think the biggest game in Minnesota history – or the biggest loss I should say – was that 1998 game against Atlanta. The heartbreak STILL can’t be accurately described.
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  6. I’ll tell my younger self to enjoy each moment!
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  7. Sarah

    Great article! I would tell myself to say ‘no’ more often when things just don’t feel right (jobs, friends, events etc.). Not to waste so much time on these things and to move towards more positive things quickly 🙂

  8. Hi Jason – if that really is a picture of your younger self, then all I can say if you were adorable.
    As to what I would tell my younger self, find out what opportunities are out there and go for them. Also, start saving at least 10% of any earnings.

  9. I related to each and every one of these! And that is the cutest picture. Ever. 🙂
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