The Life Advice We'd Have Given Ourselves A Decade Ago If We Could
As we approach the end of the decade, many of us are looking back on what the past 10 years have looked like for us.
What we've done, where we've been, who we've shared it with and, most of all, what we've learned along the way. That's because everything seems that little bit clearer with the benefit of hindsight.
The reason the turn of phrase 'you live and learn' has become a cliche is because of the truth it speaks to all of us. So if you could go back 10 years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
10 daily spoke to people in their twenties, thirties and forties to find out. And there's lots of life lessons in there for all of us, no matter your age:
"Don't stress when your Plan A falls apart, your Plan B is so much better."
"Save at least 10 percent of your income every week!"
"Not everybody has to think that you're perfect. It's important to trust your gut and stand up for yourself when you know it's right. Finally, be nice to people. All people. It's the single most important thing."
"Everything's going to be alright. Make the most of being a teenager and having zero responsibilities. Don't listen to anyone who tells you Razer Scooters aren't cool."
"Relax more when it comes to your career, those stress lines turn into wrinkles! And none of it was worth stressing about anyway."
"Passion projects are your friend -- volunteer because one day you'll need the help. Collect friends and experiences not things -- moving is annoying. Always put some of your pay into a long-term saving account.
"Don't take health or youth for granted: use a condom, get health checks, exercise, drink water, be sun smart... start under-eye cream EARLY. Eat the cake."
"Learn how to cook and iron; don't take life too seriously -- there's plenty of pessimists around. Literally no one knows what they're doing in life so be kind to yourself and just do the best you can do."
"Don't impose such high standards on yourself or on others. Some people are going to let you down but it will make you so much more resilient in the long run.
"Not everything is black and white and you are allowed to change your mind. Despite what you may think right now -- making mistakes is a good thing and you should probably do more of it. Also, stop plucking your eyebrows."
"Don't stress and panic about small things, life is too short to worry."
"People come into your life for a reason, season or a lifetime. Don't hold onto the ones that you know deep down, aren't meant to stay. Being scared to let go is holding you back from something a million times better."
"Stop giving a f**k what people think about you because it doesn't matter."
"Know your worth across all sections: love, work and life."
"Don't rush to get everything right, enjoy the journey! Remember, a house of cards does eventually fall down!"
"Don't give up. Keep grinding. You'll have success. You can't handle as much booze as you think you can."
"Leave work on time and don't wait to move onto the next job! You don't owe your employer anything and your time is the most precious thing you have."
"Pencil thin eyebrows don't suit ANYONE. Also, your parents are smarter than you think! And finally, solariums really aren't good for you."
"Save, invest and buy that apartment that was only $530,000 in Drummoyne."
"It's not illegal to take a holiday."
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