Recently my son brought home a school assignment that asked him to give his 18-year-old self advice. Considering that he’s 14, I thought it was a bit odd at first, but then I realized that a lot can change in the next four years.  When I read his advice to himself, it was pretty much what I expected from him.

“Although people may seem cruel and unkind, remember to never let it get you jaded. Be the best person you can be, despite your surroundings. In college,  do more than get good grades. Start to become the person your 30-year-old self would still be proud of.”

From the mouths of kids.

When I thought about the advice I would have given my 18-year-old self, all I could think of was one simple thing.

Be courageous.

Not the running into buildings and saving families courageous, but to speak more from my heart. Which is the exact meaning of the Latin word “cour”- from the heart. I’d tell myself to say what exactly I’m feeling, and to not cut corners or bite my tongue.  I didn’t learn this until later on in life, and when I started speaking more from my heart, it felt as though a weight was lifted from my shoulders.

If I would have known this at 18, what a different person I would be today.


Clutchettes, What Advice Would You Give Your 18-Year-Old Self?



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