The only thing in life that is guaranteed is death and taxes. Life’s a series of changes. I often like to think that I’ve grown and evolved over the past ten years as a man. I would love to have the mindset and confidence I possessed at 34 when I was just the tender age of 24. So, this is a short letter to my 24-year-old self. Four things I would tell myself if I had a conversation with my younger self. I would imagine I’d come off a better young adult after conversing with my older self. If I could go back in time and tell my younger self these pieces of life advice. I don’t know if the 24-year-old me would listen, but who knows. Well, here goes nothing!

 

  • Don’t care what others think about you personally
    • Of course, you care about what others think of you, but don’t add too much weight to it. Everyone has an opinion of who you should be, but be the person you want to be. Folks can take it or leave it.

 

  • Don’t please others to get approval
    • You don’t need to suck up to folks no matter who they are ( a romantic partner, boss, or best friend) for them to like you. All relationships should be based on mutual respect. Value yourself and others will value you too.

 

  • Be Bold
    • You only have one life, and you need to live it to the fullest. If there is a person, you like to talk to them, if you have a career path you’d want to take then take it, and if there’s a place you’d like to travel then go there. Step outside your comfort zone and live life.

 

  • Believe in yourself
    • The only person that you have to live with every single day is yourself. So don’t be hard on yourself when you fuck up or make a mistake. Learn from them and always love yourself. No one else has to love you or must love you. Remember even the most confident people have their own insecurities. Accept your insecurities, acknowledge that we all have them and know that you’re still a valuable young man at the end of the day.

 

Now my final parting words to my younger self, “Go conquer the fucking the world young brotha!”

 

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The featured image is me at 24, and this is me at 34. I guess I’ve always loved the Ninja Turtles

 

 

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