What would people tell their younger selves?

We are who we are today because of the decisions we made and the lessons we learned along the way.

A lot of my acquaintances and friends wish for only one chance to tell their younger selves some of these lessons in the hopes that it might save them a couple of heartaches and disappointments.

Rachel Gillett, a career reporter at Business Insider, gathered some lessons Quora subscribers shared. Here are the top 5 ones we chose for you:

1. Be true to yourself:

Your younger years are generally characterized by a state of confusion. You don't know your true identity and are still figuring things out.

The truth is, you will be tempted to join different groups and act it out so perfectly that you forget that it isn't who you really are. However, you'll end up feeling alone, not quite sure of your identity.

So try to stay true to your set of core values and don't go against them no matter how much you'd want to fit in. You will eventually find your niche and actually feel a sense of belonging.

2. Don’t let fear hold you back:

If you want to do something, go for it and don't think twice. Some opportunities come only once and it's a shame to see them go to waste.

Forget about looking a fool when trying something new, nobody is standing waiting for your every move. It really is all in your head, so do what you think is right and let go of your fear.

3. Cherish time with your loved ones:

Not everyone is going to be there forever, so make use of the time you have now. Even if you've heard your grandma's a story a hundred times, hear it once more; you'll understand why later on.

Your elders have a ton of life experience and that make them wiser than you, so listen to them whenever you get the chance, you won't regret it.

4. Start healthy habits, now:

When you're in your forties and out of breath, you'll wish you took care of your body sooner. Help yourself live longer and healthier because no one else will.

So start working on your habits as soon as possible and they too, will grow old with you.

5. Time is precious:

Think about what you're doing with your time and how it's benefiting you. Think about who you're spending your time with. The sooner you understand how quickly time passes, the better use you'll make of it.

Unfortunately, time travel doesn't exist and we can't change the course of our lives no matter how bad we want to. But keep one thing in mind, as long as you're alive, it's never too late. So keep on living, learning, and teaching.

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