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Thread: What Would You Tell Your 18 Y/O Self?

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    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Conway, Arkansas

    What Would You Tell Your 18 Y/O Self?

    If you could go back and tell yourself something about life, what would it be?

    Learn to live below your means.
    Work smarter, not harder.
    Don't be quick to judge others, you never know how tough life is for them right now.
    Extend compassion and understanding to all those you meet.
    We all fail at things in life, pick yourself up and start again.
    No matter what, learn to laugh at yourself.
    It will feel better when it stops hurting.
    Money is far harder to earn than it is to spend.
    Work to live and don't live to work.
    work hard so you can play harder.
    Love deeply, be the shoulder that she leans on when she needs it.
    Thanks & Happy Wood Chips,
    Dennis -
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    Buy Microsoft stock and hold on to it.

    Buy Apple when Jobs goes back to lead it.

    Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.

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    Jan 2004
    Lewiston, Idaho
    There is only 2 things guaranteed following birth.....death and change. You can't avoided either one. The secret to happiness is learning to differ between what in change you can affect, what you can't affect and learning to adapt to change.

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    Jun 2012
    New Westminster BC
    I think I knew much of what Dennis listed when I was younger, perhaps to a lessor degree than now. What I didn't know perhaps, was what impact taking care of yourself physically when you're in your 20's would have on you in your 70's. While I was always physically active, I never had a regular exercise routine. I suspect many of my aches and pains were preventable if I had.

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    "Listen to the parents more."

    Not sure at which point I looked back and understood they they were pretty smart but it was a couple years after 18.

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    Dec 2010
    South Coastal Massachusetts
    Avoid contact sports.
    Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

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    Read Jack Bogle's books and do what he suggests.

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    Jun 2007
    Clayton , North Carolina
    Get your PhD.

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    Jan 2007
    Ottawa, ON Canada
    Don't let your Mother drive when she is tired and distracted.
    Ottawa ON

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    Lower your expectations, then you won't be disappointed.

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    Mar 2014
    Youngstown, Oh

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    Apr 2013
    Kansas City
    Eat healthier, wear sunscreen, and be a better friend.

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    Save early.

    Be present for family and friends.

    Say Yes to everything.

    Travel young. Travel far.

    Listen more, speak less.

    Be patient with everyone and believe that everyone is or wants to be good.

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    I wouldn't tell ME as an 18 YO anything. Who I'd talk to were the adults who, for example, chastised me for doing something wrong, while not noticing that I was VERY GOOD at it...

    Example- as a young teenager I really didn't understand the nuances of actual football rules and tactics. So whenever gym class has us play football, I was told to "rush". I was stupid enough to believe 'rush' meant 'do things fast'. So rather than actually rushing the QB, instead I would figure out where he was going to throw the football, and almost always intercepted the thing. I got yelled at and benched by the coaches for not rushing as I was told, yet the fact that I was extremely adept at catching the ball instead of those who were supposed to catch it, went unnoticed.

    I really don't have a lot of 'if I only knew then what I know now' moments...
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    Feb 2003
    In the foothills of the Sandia Mountains
    Turn the music down. Always where hearing protection when needed.
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