One of the best things about life is that we learn valuable lessons as we go along. Sharing life lessons is a major reason why we write Salt Lick Lessons so I’ve gathered words of wisdom from smart and creative people in my life who I learn from just about every day.
I asked them what life advice they would give or what they would tell their younger selves. They obliged and offered up terrific life lessons for a younger self or any of us today. Introducing, in no particular order, some amazingly cool people I’d love for you to get to know.
I met Erin because neither of us are afraid to talk to strangers. This year, with a teenager and two elementary kids to home school, Erin decided to turn it up a notch by having another baby and joining a roller derby squad.
Do something. Lucky breaks don’t just happen, they are created by the situations you put yourself in, the opportunities you seize, and the risks you’re willing to take. Sometimes it won’t go as expected; you are sure to feel stupid and you may even look it from time to time. But for every instance you make it through you will find a contentment that only comes from truly living.
Daisy Rain Martin has a big heart, a big sense of humor, and a big mission. She is an advocate for children and works to help remove the stigma of childhood sexual abuse by providing platforms for people to talk about it, thereby helping to eradicate it from the planet.
I have two words for my younger self: “TELL SOMEBODY!” I suffered through a tortured childhood because I didn’t/couldn’t/wouldn’t tell anyone about the abuse that was happening.
I liked Misty from the moment I met her online. She’s a creative, soulful force of feminine energy. She lives creatively and following along, you will be bathed in poetry and bright, white light.
I would tell that young girl to stop being so fearful of the unknown. To follow the whispers of her heart and make choices that align with how she wants to experience her life.
I don’t go to church but if I did, I’d go to the church where Cody is the preacher. He’s a thinker and is skilled at gently challenging our assumptions.
Being “right” isn’t as important as you think it is.
Amy is usually dabbling in something creative. She’s an art and architectural historian, curator, artist, freelance writer, and mama to three. Why wouldn’t I like her?
1) Contrary to what you know now, you will be fat AND extraordinarily happy with your physical self. Push the envelope. 2) You will be a mother to more babies than you ever thought and it will simultaneously break and expand your heart. Be brave.
“You have a BLOG?!” Debbie is the first person who caught on that I wrote a blog and she invited me to link up on her site and now I blame her for all the fun I have online.
Be more concerned with your education than being independent and out on your own so fast.
Shannon is the kind of person who patiently coached me through some blog questions when she should have been getting a massage. Who does that? She’s admitted to liking Hello Kitty, loves aqua, and likes Halloween, so I’m keeping her.
I would tell myself to continue my education. I had no clue there was such a thing as student loans. I thought if your parents didn’t have the money to send you to college, you didn’t go. I was courted by FIDM, but I knew we didn’t have the money for me to attend. I didn’t even tell my parents. I’m not a big “looker backer” though. I guess the other thing, would be to know your body and trust it. Do not have blind faith in doctors. If I had only researched my symptoms I may have been able to have more children and no medical side effects from cancer treatment. My cancer was classic textbook. I did not know that though. So be aware and pro active in your healthcare. The internet was a baby still. Now, I could have web MD’d that shit I would not go back and change anything though… you never know what that might do.
My friend Colby is leaving his mark on the world. His energy for what he does (writing, leadership, family) is infectious and I can’t help but want to step it up myself when I am with him or read his writing.
Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable conversations. Close ‘loops’ as quickly as possible.
I challenge you to take a minute to think about what advice you would give to your younger self. Could you share it with someone who needs it today?