When the advice you would give your younger self is the same advice you give yourself today! Giving up on perfection and loving who you are today.
This week I was asked a question during a panel discussion which got me thinking. It was this, what advice would you give to your younger self?
I immediately visualised myself in my twenties, same long blonde hair but a few more laugh lines, starting my professional career, committing to marriage and starting my family. What advice would I have for that Midja? Plenty!
But the number 1 thing I would tell her is ‘just be you.’ Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Be real and authentic. The people who matter will like you for who you are. Don’t lose yourself to anyone or anything.
And then there would be advice number 2, 3, 4 etc….
The funny thing was that upon reflection, I realised that the advice that I would give to my younger self, is the same advice I give to myself right now at 45 years of age. Yes, maybe the advice is given in a slightly different context, but it’s still the same advice nonetheless.
So, when do you get this stuff right? When do get life right? When does everything, including yourself, become perfect?
Hmmm…you know what I’m going to say, don’t you? NEVER.
And for me there’s a little bit of frustration that comes from knowing that but mostly I experience a feeling of comfort. Comfort that comes from being able to love who I am right now in this moment.
You and I are PERFECTLY IMPERFECT.
We are always learning. Always growing. We are always going to know more tomorrow than we do today. How awesome!