If I could give my younger self something, it would be to not be afraid or ashamed of things that you have no control over. I was incredibly shy and never spoke up when I could avoid it (in public anyway, my family may actually be surprised by this). Now I know that I’ve missed so many opportunities, I realize that I could have learned so much more had I not been so self-conscious. Learning is about experiencing things that are sometimes uncomfortable or unsuccessful. The best and most memorable lessons were kind of embarrassing but also valuable. I’d also remind myself to be kind – to others as well as myself. We are all different and precious in our differences, and it is important to always remember to practice acceptance.
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