I watched this cute video from the folk at SoulPancake today. They often post things that make you think outside of the box.
So todays video was all about asking people to write a letter to their 10 year old versions of themselves. They didn’t tell them that they would ask them to share the letters after they had written them, so people were pretty honest. There was a lot of advice about taking risks and not being frightened and plenty of encouragement, especially around making it through difficult times and things getting better.
I got to thinking, what would I have told my 10 year old self?
- Don’t wish your red hair away, one day the same boys who tease you mercilessly for being a red head will love you.
- Find what you love doing, and don’t give it up for anything ~ even if someone tells you that you can’t do it! Keep singing, keep dancing and don’t stop writing!
What stood out to me more though was how some of the things that I would tell my 10 year old self may be very similar to what I would still tell myself now.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just do it! You will learn so much more from riding that bike than just looking at it!
- Spend time with the people you love. They won’t always be there to hug.
- People are more important than money. Really.
- Work is only one part of your life, so don’t spend every hour of your life working ~ unless you are running away from something…
Most of all, I think I would tell us both to choose to be happy. You may think this is easier said than done, but the research tells us that we are the architects of our own happiness. We choose how we react and respond to what happens around us. We choose to be happy or miserable. Every day.
So I thought I might leave you with a video from Nick Vujicic who is both inspirational and chooses to be happy. Every day.