If you could give your 18-year-old self some advise about life, what would you say?
I’d probably reassure myself that everything is going to turn out all right. I think I wasted too much time worrying about the future. I could’ve been more relaxed and enjoyed life a little more. The truth is, nothing really turned out as planned anyway, but it’s not the end of the world and I’m doing fine.
I’d also tell myself not to take dating so seriously. I was insecure and I tended to rush into relationships (and then become devastated when they invariably fell apart). Maybe if I’d known that the right woman wouldn’t come around until my 30s anyway, I’d relax a bit and just enjoy the ride. Why the hell was I in such a hurry to get married and have kids at 18?
There are other things I could tell myself, but I don’t think it would’ve done any good. For instance, I’ve always known I should be myself and not care if others approve or not, but I never really believed it until I grew up a little and gained the life experience to know how important it is. There are some things you just have to learn on your own, and no amount of advice (even from yourself) is going to change this.