I am generally a pretty pensive, somewhat sappy person. Knowing this, there are two times during the course of a year when I get particularly pensive (and maybe particularly sappy). Those times are the area generally surrounding my birthday and then pretty much the whole span of time between Thanksgiving and New Years. I really love birthdays more than New Years because it’s about your own specific life. Whether or not a birthday is a big 5 or 0, it gives you a chance to look back on what you did when you were one year younger, and what you hope to do when you are 1 year older.
I have been working for my family’s advertising agency for just a hair over six years now. That’s still two years fewer than the time it took me to finish college and grad school. I still haven’t graduated, in terms of years, professionally. It seems hard to believe that I have been working for such a small amount of time, because when I look at where I was when I started, or five years ago, it feels like I have learned a lifetime worth of stuff.
So, I thought I would share some of the things I would tell the me of five years ago. What would you tell the you of five years ago? I’d love to hear your stories
Dear five-year-younger me:
- Concentrate on the infinite number of doors that are still open, not the few that are closed
- Read more, talk less
- Learn more, teach less
- The stiff unbending tree is the heavy wind’s first victim. Learn to sway in the breeze
- Nothing and no one can be taken for granted. Life doesn’t owe you a thing. Everything you have and everyone you know, therefore, should be cherished with all your heart
- Think outside the box more
- Don’t let fear be your tour guide
- Always dream. You’re never done dreaming, you’re never done striving for your dreams
- You can do it