Being 16 vs. Being 26

When I turned 25, I created a list of 25 truths about life I have learned so far. It consists of practical tips, some of the best advice I've received, and hard-earned life lessons from procrastination to seeking mentors to creating your own path.

Now, that I officially turned 26, I can't deny that the pressure and urgency to achieve moves a little further down the panic continuum. I know that 26 is still a relatively young age, but as someone who has a 30 Before 30 list (I'll share more about that in another post) it means I have four years to tick off those activities which range from relatively easy to achieve to fulfilling my ultimate dream of dreams.

 Recently an acquaintance made me answer this question for an event:

If you could give one piece of advice to your 16-year old self, what would it be? 

Looking back to now literally a decade ago when I was 16, I realized that I've come a long way from being a naïve, childish girl. I've now become a naïve, childish woman. (insert girl emoji) I answered the following to the previous question: I would tell my 16 year-old self to not worry too much about proving yourself and fulfilling your plans. Brace yourself, for it’s gonna be an adventure!

When I was 16, I had a completely different career trajectory for my life. Never had I imagined that I'd go through what I've been through. But I wouldn't have it any other way. As I've mentioned in a previous post, "I know that every path I took has molded me to be the person I am today."

But if the situation was reversed and my 16-year-old self could ask me a question today, she'd hand me a list of things she thinks I would've figured out by now, which would include the following in no particular order:

  • Driving

  • Cooking

  • My "one great career"

  • Effectively handling my finances

 I'd tell that yes, I haven't quite figured out how to do any of those things but I would tell her that at least I do now know the following facts about life and about me:

  • Why learn to drive when you can be a professional passenger?

  • You dislike cooking and 10 years later that is still the case.

  • You will love having short hair!

  • Re: finances you are a work in progress but it's not all bad, you have made some good decisions re preparing for the future.

  • The fact that I am now using Re: means that yes, we've worked at a corporate office for five years, surprise!

  • You don’t have to have everything figured out.

  • You need real world experience to discover how you feel about things rather than just how you think about them.

Those are just some of the things I think me and my 16-year old self will be talking about, and in my dreams, it may turn into a glorious rap battle before our nerd senses sync and we’ll end up in a brainstorming session for our next plans into the future.

After all, I have now committed to living my best life every day, and I am just getting started. | B