Let's go back in TIME: IFyou knew THEN what you Know NOW....

What would you tell your Young Self? - a very interesting photo left side of the painting is your young self and the right side of the painting is your old self.  The face has young features and shows how you have aged over the years on the other side.  Very unique portrait.
@AskAlly (3627)
Canada
January 24, 2007 11:36am CST
What advice would you give your younger self? Do you think it would change your life? What would you do differently
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11 responses
• United States
24 Jan 07
Don't take that insurance job or Don't marry that woman...
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
good old hind sight huh?
• United States
24 Jan 07
I would have gone to regular college instead of wasting 4 years of my life going to a Bible College run by a religious cult. What a waste. I could have already gotten a good degree. I also probably would have never listened to my mom's advice to turn into a cult follower and would have pursued my dreams instead of being an anchor woman. :)
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
It's not like I am unhappy and I don't know what I would change now, but if I would have followed my heart, I would be in the desert sands of Egypt digging up mummies
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
24 Jan 07
If I knew what I know now, Im not sure how much of it I could have actually changed.. I think our lives are already drawn out for us from the start and we play the roles of our life as we age. I am a firm believer that waht ever is meant to be will be and what isnt to be wont be. I just take life as it is dealt to me as I have tried to change things in my life whether it iwas good or bad and I always seem to be put right back on that path that I tried to step off of. Mainly I get put backon paths of goodness, not evil.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
24 Jan 07
Well, there's only one thing that I think I would tell myself, but I doubt that it would do much good because I wasn't ready to change yet. But if I could, I would tell myself to get off of my backside and try to start becoming less shy earlier than I have. This year is the first year I've been able to really find the guts and courage to start coming out of my shell, and after spending the entirely of my life getting shyer and shyer, I've left myself with a very long hard road to traverse to come out of it. I really falter at times wondering if I can even do it. If I had started even five years ago it would've been a lot easier for a lot of reasons. If I had started ten years earlier... I would be a lot happier right now. But I really don't think that I was ready. I really can only hope that I'm truly ready now.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I have the exact opposite problem. I think that sometimes people do not know how to take me because I'll talk to anyone. You seem very articulate and outgoing on mylot. You always have an interesting topic to respond to. If you have something good to say here, you obviously would have something good to say out in the world as well.
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@shywolf (4520)
• United States
24 Jan 07
That's really sweet of you, Ally! ^_^ Thank you ^_^ I'm sorry that people don't always know how to take you because you like to talk to everyone :/ I think that it's great that you're so outgoing.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
I would say, "don't be in such a rush to grow up and leave home." Yes, it would have changed my life a lot. I would not have eloped and got married, nor had a child with him. I would have finished my education to continue with my career.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I may have waited a year or two before I got married. I still would have married the same guy though
@snowflake5 (1579)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I'd try not to be so shy and join in more. But it's weird, I feel that even if I knew then, all I now know, I'd still have followed the same path - I think our family circumstances program our values and hence our life choices to some extent.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
There is alot of truth in what you say.
@Evacuee (1148)
25 Jan 07
I think I would have made a lifelong career in the RAF. But, I would not have met my lovely wife or had a great son and daughter in law who has given me my two beautiful grandchildren who I adore! So, I think the choices I made alone in my formative years and then later with my wife, have been good choices because they have brought me to the evening of my life happy and content. Who could ask for more? We start with nothing take all we can during our lifetime and then leave with nothing.
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
Thanks for sharing that bit of wisdom with us.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
25 Jan 07
I would tell my younger self not to get involved in credit cards. I feel if i did not have them when iw as younger my credit would be alot better now and i would be not in so much debit now.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
26 Jan 07
I hear ya! I got myself in trouble with that once too.
@peni88 (469)
• United States
26 Jan 07
i would go to college
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• United States
26 Jan 07
I think I would tell my younger self to act right then and there on intuition. I do that now, and trust my intuition, but earlier in life, if I had done so I could've saved myself a lot of wasted time on handling problems that I could've avoided or chasing down the wrong trails.
@matlgal (1687)
• United States
25 Jan 07
GO to college GET a degree. Why didn't I listen?. I coulda shoulda woulda gone in to medicine, or Forensics. That has always fasinated me.
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