If I Could Turn Back Time

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First….admit it…you were singing the song, right??!!!!  🙂  But truthfully, haven’t we all thought this?  What would our lives be like if we knew then, what we know now?  How different would things be if I could turn back time?  What would I tell my former self to prepare me for life? So many things….don’t eat yellow snow…don’t cook an avocado on the BBQ grill (seriously, just don’t)…always check that your skirt isn’t tucked into your underwear when leaving the bathroom…make certain to put your car in park before hopping out…don’t watch the movie Sharknado….don’t try to pierce your own belly-button….the list could go on and on!

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But, what practical things would I want to tell my formal self?  What everyday advice would I pass on?

    1.  Life is so short, live it up.  (I’m still in shock that I”m 33.  Seriously.  and I puked in my mouth a little bit even writing that sentence.  33?!  I don’t even remember flying through my 20’s.  What I can recall is all the time when I was younger just wishing that I was older..wishing my life away, my time away.)
    2. Travel while you’re young.  I never took advantage of this.  Where I’d travel, I don’t know…but I would have traveled more.  Tried some calamari on the coast, rode the waves at the beach, flew to Mexico to soak up the sun…but as we get older, life happens and unfortunately, the trips don’t.  When responsibility is low on the radar, traveling needs to be high on the priority list.

  1. Always be true to you.  Seems easy, right?  But sadly, I’ve been many versions of “myself” throughout my years, with some outcomes not pleasant.  Just be yourself.  Laugh loud, snort, make crazy eyes, do whatever odd thing you do..and just be you.  Embrace it.
  2. A job is a job is a job.  There will always be a job, right?  Maybe not the most glamorous…or fun, but it will be a job that will be able to pay the bills.  Don’t choose work over life, over family and over your inner peace and happiness.  Again, circle back to #1- life is so short.
  3. Don’t let anyone bring you down.  Haters gonna hate.  Period.
  4. Eat your dessert whenever the heck you wanna eat it.  First, last, intermittently throughout?  Go for it.
  5. Put down your phone.  Make eye contact with those trying to connect with you.  Be respectful.
  6. Say it like you mean it.  ( Ha, I love this. I do this all the time to random questions that I absolutely, without a doubt, DO NOT know the answer to, but I say it like I know it, and it’s amazing how many people trust that. )
  7. Truly follow the golden rule of life: Treat others as you would want to be treated.
  8. Open your heart, love big.  There is more than enough love to go around.  Don’t limit it, share it.  Hug it out, embrace one another – show those who matter to you that you care.

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These seem so simple right?  Sadly, I didn’t really learn a lot of these until I was older…and I work daily on incorporating each and every one of them.  It does take work, it isn’t easy, but it is doable.

What would you tell your younger self if you had the chance?


129 thoughts on “If I Could Turn Back Time

  1. Jen says:

    Yup, before I even started reading the article, the title had me singing THAT song in my head. I shall no doubt have it in my head all day now.
    Anyway, the question itself. If I could turn back time. I maybe would like a few words of advice for when things really did go unnecessarily awful. But I do think life is for learning, and without those lessons and experiences, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So yes to the knickers in the underwear advice, but most other things, I’m willing to find out as I go.

  2. Angela Tolsma says:

    Turning back time is such an interesting question. For me I won’t turn it back because I love where my life is at and the choices that I would want to change weren’t mine to make anyways. But your right about a job and being true to yourself if I had learned those sooner, life could have been different.

  3. Thu Nguyen says:

    Oh I wish that I had a time machine so that I could turn back time to change my mistakes in the past. I do appreciate your advice and I would definitely follow them. Some of them may hard to be done but I would try my best. Thanks for your sharing.

  4. Stephanie says:

    These are all perfect things to say to our younger selves, and good things to remember now as well. In some ways, it would be nice to go back and change things, but I also know that everything that has happened, whether good or bad, has led me to where I am now and I wouldn’t want to change that for anything!
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  5. Suz says:

    hmmm…this seems like bad advice (at first) but I would tell my high school self that college is not the only option. I went to a really fancy & expensive high school that pushed us all to pursue college degrees in obscure (& useless majors)..not once did the option of a trade school come up! Being able to have gone through LPN school fresh out of high school would have saved me a lot of time and money.

  6. Sarah says:

    Aww this is a great post. I really love the things you have written, so lovely & inspiring. I’ve previously written a post similar to this, but much more trivial and unimportant things. Haha

  7. Robyn Shaver says:

    First…yes, I did sing the song in my head. Nice one. 🙂 Time does fly by. I’m 36 and don’t really remember doing anything when I had the chance to. Now I’m a mom on a tight schedule. I hope all heed your advice. Great post!

  8. Heather LeGuilloux says:

    Great advice! I was lucky enough to do some traveling overseas while I was going to university which ended up being expensive but I don’t regret it for a second because of all the experience and memories I gained from it.

  9. Janiel says:

    I would tell myself to make my own choices and not live life in fear all the time. To choose the path I want and never let anyone put seeds of doubt in my mind. “Steel your mind”

  10. Patrick says:

    The cheetah and I would like to respectfully disagree and urge your readers to watch ALL of the Sharknado movies!! They simply are the best movies ever about global sharknadoes and everyone should see at least ONE of them…..

  11. Olivia Thristan says:

    I am in my early twenties and I can see how quickly they’re flying by already. I’m almost 23 and it doesn’t feel like 2 minutes since I was 18. I love your tips they’re so lovely, totally agree with the travelling 🙂
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  12. Abbi says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I too wish I hadn’t spent my teenage years wishing time away – I was obsessed with having a family and a house whereas now I’m in my 20’s, I just live for the moment (or atleast try!).

  13. Cia Black says:

    Oh man if I could turn back time….This is an amazing post that made me sit back and wonder what I would tell younger self. It reminded me of the song by Brad Paisley….If I could write a letter to me. I would tell myself to lay off the fastfood, drive slower ( cause I wreck 3 cars in 3 years), And choose your friends wisely.

  14. JJ says:

    Great reminders. It’s seems the ephipjay of what you should have done doesn’t come until later in life! Maybe it’s maturity or just life expertience but it so good to let the younger generation know what really matters. Thanks so much!!!

  15. Kristi McAllister says:

    I did start hearing the song in my head, just so you know lol…but if I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to relish living in my 20s because when I look back, they really were the best years of my life and I missed out on so much by being too afraid to take risks and try new things. If only I knew then what I know now! Great post!

  16. Bonnie says:

    Yes I was singing the dang song! And you’re right. I wished I would’ve traveled more. Traveling with kids is hard and expensive. I’m 46 with a 6 year-old with ADHD. WHEW!

  17. Stephanie says:

    So true. Life is short. We have to live every single moment to the fullest. A job is just a job. I needed to read this to remind myself of this since I get really overwhelmed by work when I shouldn’t. Thank you for this!


  18. Pooja Kawatra says:

    I am in love with all the points listed here and so true that Treat others as you would want to be treated but at times we forgot it!

  19. Destany says:

    What would I tell my younger self? Oh man, I’d tell my younger self to stop taking what others think into account before making decisions – just be yourself!

  20. Cassie says:

    These are some excellent points! I especially love the travelling! I have travelled quite a lot but still want to keep going and seeing as much as I can but I know once we start our family this will be more difficult
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  21. Carol Cassara says:

    There are so many things that I wish I could tell my younger self, but alas, it’s not possible anymore! If only… you’re right! I think these are wonderful lessons, you can share these with the younger generation. They will learn so much from these.
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  22. Joanna says:

    There are many things that I would probably do differently if I could turn back time but my life wouldn’t be the same if I did and the lessons I’ve learned maybe would be different. But one thing I know for sure is that we never regret the things we do. We only regret the things we don’t do.

  23. Om Trips Blog says:

    We do not need to turn back the clock, the only thing that we have to do is to continue learning because this is the only way not to lose our time here and now. One of my favorite Latin phrases is Ancora imparo!


  24. Ithfifi says:

    Very wise words! I would have to agree with most of these and I am going to be looking for work soon – pretty much any job I can get my hands on so that sort of comforted me to read #2. ‘A job is a job is a job’ might be the mantra that will get me through whatever it is to start with! I think if I could go back and tell myself anything it would be echoing the points you’ve made!
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  25. Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite says:

    If I can turn back the hands of time, I would give myself a few words of advice. Some lessons took me so long to learn, but if I didn’t have some help from friends, mentors or teachers, it would have made me even longer to learn.
    Learn from others instead of trying to figure everything out for ourselves.

  26. Amber says:

    I was definitely singing the song in my head before the article started!!! Haha!!! This is a great list, and especially a good reminder that life is short. Okay, going to go have an intentional, meaningful day now…thanks 🙂

  27. Amy Dong says:

    Love how you’re being so introspective and learning so much at this YOUNG age 🙂 Trust me, your 30’s end up flying by just as fast (if not faster) than your 20’s… that’s just the way life is, right? I really like Loving Big…don’t hold back and just love large! Time honestly only whizzes by faster and faster the older ya get 😉
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  28. Jessica Hughes says:

    I think we all have to go through some things and some years before we learn these lessons. Even if we have people who are experienced with this, we have to learn it for ourselves. I’m so lucky in that I have traveled while was young and I continue to do so now. It does get more complicated as you get older and life intrudes though.
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  29. Sue Tanya McHorgh says:

    This is an interesting post. Turning back the time is such an interesting concept and sometimes i wish i could. Before i had a lot of regret, hated that a lot of things that happened but i had to just put on my big girl panties and just turn things around.

  30. Nicole Flint says:

    I Needed this post! Headed in to my 25th Birthday in January has me thinking about a lot of things! My issue is that I work too much and I need to stop putting work before friends and family!

  31. Jasmine Watts says:

    Love this! Yes, I’m always singing that song whenever I felt I need to change things and good point on this “Life is so short, live it up.”, you can never turn back time so enjoy life to the fullest. 🙂

  32. Mayuri Saxena says:

    This is such an awesome post! I would never want to turn back time as I don’t want to live in past. I just want to enjoy my present life. Live in present but learn from your past!

  33. Amanda says:

    Love this post! I always think about things I could have changed if I could go back in time. Now that I’m 30 I’m trying to make these next few years ones to remember!

  34. Hunter S. Jones says:

    Love everything about this! Except, I recommend not only eating desert but having it for breakfast. That way you can burn off the calories during the day. The one thing I would’ve done…slept with him. 🙂

  35. Heraa Farooq says:

    Yes there been so many times when I wished to turn back time. There are certain decisions taken in life that makes them left with regret later on and turning back the time sounds like the best option.

  36. Lifestyle Blog says:

    I wish I could travel more when I was younger too. It’s not too late now but I don’t have the same curiosity as I had once for new places, new people, new customs. I’m more at the extremity “if you see a city, you see them all”.

  37. Jess (tonyandkimoutdooradventures) says:

    Ha, you ate yellow snow…….Managing time is an artform. Job is a job, but if you don’t waste your early years working towards a job you enjoy, and not just to pay the bills you can set yourself up to enjoy your life and travel more. I traveled a little in my twenties and worked hard and now I have a dream job that i love and manage to travel more in my late 30’s and now in my early 40’s have seen many countries. Life doesn’t stop just because you hit a age.

  38. Erica Schwarz says:

    When I was in my 30s, I felt much the same way – wanting to turn back time and have a do-over on some of the big decisions that I had made that hadn’t worked out. The 30s are weird that way – we blast through our 20s and the 30s is when we finally see the outcome of all that. BUT, I am now 45, and I can tell you that by your 40s, you don’t feel that way anymore. We learn to love each day, not dwell on the past, and just be who we are ,, without all the BS 🙂

  39. Kristi McAllister says:

    I have been thinking about this post since I commented on it a few days ago and I’ve seriously asked myself what would I do differently if I could really turn back time? I had to come comment again! If I had it to do over, I would have never married my former husband and would’ve fled the church with my maid of honor when she tried to make me the runaway bride. Not because he was a bad guy, but because neither of us really wanted to get married…we just thought it was the next step. I would also have frozen eggs when I was forced by a medical condition to have a total hysterectomy at age 33 because who knew that at 42, I would be divorced and in a relationship with a man I really *wanted* to have kids with. And last but not least, I would have spent more time with my grandparents. I really missed out on that. Thought provoking stuff here, really.
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  40. Ingrid says:

    If I could turn back time I would not let any one bring me down. I f I could turn back time I would tel my former self never to second guess myself. I would also tell my former self to love for inner beauty which is primary and that outer beauty should a secondary place to inner beauty. In the long run it’s a person’s values you live with and not their outer attractiveness.

  41. Patranila says:

    There’s only one thing I’d change if I could turn back time but even with that, I can’t say with any certainty that that path would have been better overall. By the way, 33 is quite young. You’ve only been a full grown adult for eight years now. LOL!

  42. Deb B. says:

    I love this list. It sounds simple enough – but it is difficult to remember and apply. I think if I were to tell my younger self something to remember – I would say, stop comparing yourself to others and be more gentle with yourself. I feel like I’ve been so hard on myself and it’s very stifling when you’re trying to move forward. These are great tips – I’m going to have to pass them on to my daughter 🙂
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  43. Dena says:

    There are a lot of things that I wish I knew when I was younger, but this is a great reminder to live every day as it’s your last and enjoy the things that come your way.

  44. Agnes says:

    Thes are all things I needed a little reminder on, thanks of this post. I like the part about not letting anyone bring you down because the haters will always hate no matter what you do.

  45. Ana Vukosavljevic says:

    Right now I wouldn’t like to turn back time to change anything, because everything that happened to me and what I did turned me into a person I am. So I am truly grateful for everything that happened (good or bad).

    I loved your list btw, I think every one of us should put their phone down and start talking again!

  46. Nayna Kanabar says:

    I totally agree Inwould love to #travel #travelblogger #passionpassport #wanderlust #huffposttravel #beautifuldestinations #instatravel #travelgram #worldplaces #traveldiaries #igersuk #igtravel #buzzfeedtravel , ditch the job I hate and live life without thinking of being judged all the time of what people may think.

  47. Nina says:

    Being 33 still is not old! Also you absolutely can still travel. I myself am 30 and moved to Spain a year ago to teach. I have traveled a lot through Europe. I have friends who are actually older than you who also teach over here like me. Basically all I’m saying is that if you want to travel, you still can!
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  48. Nigel William says:

    Hi, Thena! What an amazing article! It so inspirational, not to mention some great thoughts and tips.This kind of reflecting is very important to have from time to time, it can really make us appreciate everything that life brings us more. I think the most important thing is to love life to its fullest, without thinking about numbers. 🙂 I hope this article will motivate people to do so!
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