If you could meet yourself, back in the year 2000 what advice would you give you

@Wizzywig (7858)
April 19, 2010 11:19am CST
This is assuming that you knew what you know now. What single piece of advice would be most valuable to you as you faced 2000 to 2010? I think mine would be "Live your life for you!" Remember just one simple, single piece of advice... maybe you just tell yourself to do exactly what you have done?
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@anuraa32 (2451)
• India
19 Apr 10
If I meet myself in 2000 you say. Please control and exercise and do not put on weight. It would become a problem 10 years down the line. Yes as of now I am struggling with the battle of the bulge. That would be the advice I would give to myself of the 2000
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
I think the 2000 me could have used a bit more control too The problem is added to when the doctors start giving you medications which have weight gain as a side effect.
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@anuraa32 (2451)
• India
4 May 10
I agree. The medicines are added problems. I shifted the medical stream and went ahead with homeopathy and ayurved to avoid the medicines.
@Wizzywig (7858)
4 May 10
Here, those treatments are expensive but medical treatment is free.
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• Philippines
20 Apr 10
Enjoy it while you still can, cause you can never go back to what or how it was... I think that is the best advice I could give to myself cause I never really enjoyed my college years, which started at 2001. And that's what I really regret, cause I can never really go back and try it again.
@Wizzywig (7858)
20 Apr 10
My college years were much earlier than that but I didnt make the most of them either. there are things I should have done then that I'd like to try and do now but some of them are opportunities lost forever.
• Philippines
21 Apr 10
Yeah, I know what you mean, I keep telling my cousins to enjoy their college life as much as they can cause after you graduate and start working, then there's no more turning back.. hehe.
@Wizzywig (7858)
21 Apr 10
I think there are a lot of people who would like to give it a try
@mezulu (166)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I think I would tell myself to remember to be more fiscally responsible. I spent most of my money frivolously when I was younger, and I regret it now because I could have used that money for investments or just savings. It would have made a large difference on my life if I had been saving all these years.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
I guess we have to find a balance between the idea of "live for today" and making provision for the future.
@mezulu (166)
• United States
19 Apr 10
I definitely believe in living life for today; it could end at any moment. But I really think that a one eye on today and one eye on the future is a good policy to keep. It can't hurt to plan for events that are very likely to come to pass. If I had known this in the past, it would have been a lot easier for me to see that I needed to plan for my life in the future. People seem to have a policy of "that's a problem for future me." While this will make the present version of yourself happy for the time being, you have to keep in mind that you are one day going to be that future version of yourself, and a lot sooner than you think.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Yes, I think you are right on all of these things
@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Apr 10
Don't do it, don't do it... and speak up when something's not right...
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Oh, I would go along with that advice. Sometimes we feel its easier to just keep quiet and let things go - but they dont go, they linger and come back to haunt/taunt you
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@dawnald (84069)
• Shingle Springs, California
19 Apr 10
Yep and they almost never go away on their own...
@jwfarrimond (4474)
19 Apr 10
Well, if I knew then what I know now, I'd have joined American Airlines frequent flier club in 2001 because I've made more than 20 trans - Atlantic flights since then, mostly with AA, twice with Delta.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
hahaha... couldn't you ask them to backdate it I wouldn't have bothered to renew my passport because i haven't been anywhere to use it since 2001
19 Apr 10
Backdate it...theres a thought...
• Malaysia
26 May 10
bet everything you have on Chelsea winning the premier league.. then i'd know i'll have my retirement plan all set up for me
@Wizzywig (7858)
26 May 10
Hah! yes! I daresay there are a lot of winning bets we could all make
@shaggin (49396)
• United States
20 Apr 10
My advice to myself back then would be "Things will get better you can get through this". I was in 11th grade in 2000 and I had horrible depression. I used to cut myself. My sister graduated from high school that year and I felt so alone knowing she was going off to college. I tried not to cry at her graduation but I was miserable and my mom saw the look on my face and thought I was going to start trouble or something so she yelled at me and wow just getting through that graduation was so hard. In 2001 I watched my grandfather die. In 2003 I got married and was miserable until now in 2010 when my husband and I split up and I am finally happy and free. Its hard sometimes knowing what a hard time my ex is having but I felt like dieing when I was with him I was so unhappy. He was controlling and belittled me all the time. If I can get through this I can get though pretty much anything. The last 10 years have been brutal to me but its getting better. I just look at my life and say one day at a time.
@Wizzywig (7858)
20 Apr 10
I am so sorry that you have had such a tough ten years. I hope that you can be happy now and, when you look back on the next 10 years you will have a lot better memories. Take care.
20 Apr 10
I think I would have to beat myself repeatedly around the head and say "Don't waste your money" I got divorced in 2002 and although I received a fair settlement, I probably should have stashed most of it.
@Wizzywig (7858)
20 Apr 10
But, if you enjoyed wasting it then all was not lost
@coffeegurl (1467)
• United States
20 Apr 10
I would tell myself not to go to that totally lame lesbian Y2K party. Everyone there was either older than me, really older than me, and/or not hot or attractive. Just one girl seemed OK, but really devoid of a personality. She was a car salesman. I kept thinking my car wouldn't start, but it did, and I drove myself home that night without a hitch.
@Wizzywig (7858)
20 Apr 10
Yes, I can imagine that you wouldn't have wanted to be stranded there with a broken down car... particularly given that you didnt like any of the other party-goers.
@greenline (14854)
• Canada
20 Apr 10
I would tell me that I should spend more time on myLot, because this is an excellent community to meet people from countries around the world and make friends. If I don't listen to me, then I would punish me ! Ha ha !! Very nice question. Thank you !
@Wizzywig (7858)
20 Apr 10
That's an original answer! I'm always telling myself I should spend less time here and get some work done..... but I dont take any notice
@salja1 (49)
• Trinidad And Tobago
19 Apr 10
Listen to career advice for the elder, more experienced persons.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Yes, we need to find out things for ourselves but, sometimes its useful to have advice from those with more life experience
• United States
19 Apr 10
I would tell myself to never miss any of my children's activities.. and I would tell myself to tell my son to NOT go to the LSU Alabama game in 2008... that way he would avoid the wreck that changes our lives.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Oh, I'm so sorry. I really didnt intend to cause upset with this discussion.
@kat001 (96)
• India
19 Apr 10
Believe in yourself and never hesitate to do what you think is right!
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Thats an excellent piece of advice for all of us. Thank you
@redchase (347)
19 Apr 10
take chances, you really arent that bad looking. boys are stupid. dont eat too much. always dance. dont slack off in school. finish on time. dont go out with the first boy who asks you out. dont go on internet dates. enjoy your friends before they go off and make their own lives. help where you can. your mom is crazy. have a better relationship with dad. be a harder sister to little bro. dont cover up for him. dont help him. get him involved in something that'll take his mind away from his vices. kick his friends out of the house because they suck. its hard to just pick one thing . there's so much that i would change. life might be so much more different. i might be done with school and teaching. i might have married my high school sweetheart and been healthier and maybe happier. who knows. my entire life may have been better. its crazy to imagine what couldve been.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Wow! that is a long list!! We all "might have" hed better lives but, I suspect that most of us could have had worse. I think its just important to make the most of the life we have in the present thank you for your input
@champan (513)
• Argentina
19 Apr 10
"Take care,Be aware of that b*tch." Simply that . lol.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
ok... I think we get the general idea
@greyz7 (860)
• Philippines
19 Apr 10
hi there, this is such a mind-boggling question.. ahm, i would rather tell myself to be careful on persons that i would be meeting and to continue living the life i am living..
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
That's good - you sound as though you are pretty much content with your life but would have just been a bit more cautious - no big regrets though.
• United States
19 Apr 10
I was starting high school in the fall of 2000 and I would have done a lot better in school and went to college right after instead of waiting and then not finishing. In my honest opinion even though people speak and say do this and not that people really don't understand until afterwards. I remember being in high school and everyone saying these are the 4 years to remember to do well and blah blah and even though I wasn't a bad student I could have done a lot more and got interested into a whole lot more.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
Yes, I think many of us realise later that we could have achieved a bit more if we'd worked a little harder. luckily, there are plenty of free online resources for learning as adults (tho' its not the same is it?)
@picjim (3003)
• India
19 Apr 10
There is only one piece of advise i'd give and that is to back my instincts and thoughts I've worked on and not depend on others.
@Wizzywig (7858)
19 Apr 10
That sounds like good advice... when it comes down to it we have to depend on ourselves.
@nicajoice (188)
• Philippines
16 Sep 10
I'd tell myself to study harder in high school, somebody will transfer to our school who would be a great competitor and she would ruin my entire academic life! haha