Hindsight is a wonderful thing. It’s also bloody irritating because “if I’d known then what I know now” doesn’t really help much, unless you have a DeLorean to travel back in time a la Back To The Future. The upside, however, is that those little pearls of wisdom we collect along the way can be passed down in the form of advice for someone who might really need it. That “someone” is often a younger person who is struggling to find their way through the murky waters that you once felt lost in yourself.
In my opinion, no one needs solid advice as much as teenagers. I’ve still got a few years up my sleeve before my kids get there, but I can already see little glimpses of pressure and self-esteem issues surfacing in my eight-year-old daughter. What do I tell her? Will she even listen to me? How do I help her get through those years as unscathed as possible?
And then….I found this on Chelsea Handler’s Instagram. This letter to her younger self is something I’ll be printing out and taping up on our bathroom mirror so my kids – and I – can read it often. Love her or hate her, Chelsea’s words are really ones to live by….
See? GREAT advice.
To add a little extra inspo, Glamour Magazine just held their ‘Women of the Year’ awards and celebrities such as Gwen Stefani, Shonda Rhimes, Zendaya, Ashley Graham, and Gabourey Sidibe shared their words of guidance and advice to younger women. Share with a lady who needs it…
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?