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Old 10-23-2007, 07:22 PM   #16
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I'm 23, so my half's gonna be a bit of an awkward number, I'm looking at myself when I was 11 and a half here.

Let's see...my 11 1/2 year old self would be really surprised at how I've changed. They'd probably find it refreshing to see that I've become a lot more comfortable around people in recent years, that I'm not as reserved about expressing things, and that I have a much better idea of what I want out of life now. They would also be relieved to see that my writing abilities have considerably improved since then. Nowhere near perfect, but there's definite improvement . They'd also want to know how the hell I wound up going from living in Iowa to living in Colorado. But they'd also probably tell me that I need to work harder at achieving everything I want to achieve-they hear me talk about all these dreams I have, all these things I want, and would say, "So what are you waiting for? Go do it!"

My 23 year old self would tell the 11 1/2 self to enjoy that time of their life more, 'cause they're never getting it back, and appreciate everything they have in live, because that can (and will) be lost or come close to being lost in the blink of an eye. I would also tell them that as far as the personal issues regarding being made fun of and stuff go, things do improve-I, too, would tell my younger self to not be so shy and reserved, and to hell with what people think. And I'd tell them to not give up on schoolwork, or anything else, that they find too hard and frustrating (I unfortunately did that sometimes in high school, and that is something I definitely regret). Keep trying, it's better than nothing.

Think that about sums it up.

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Old 10-23-2007, 07:31 PM   #17
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I'm 26, so I'd tell my 13 year old self it's going to be ok..

My 13 year old self wouldn't recognize the person I am today.
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Old 10-23-2007, 08:43 PM   #18
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My 40-year-old self would reassure my 20-year-old self that her recent decision to change her major was the right thing to do after all, and that journalism would be a richly rewarding, although very stressful, career path.

I would hope that my 20-year-old self would think I'm pretty cool for a 40-year-old.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:01 PM   #19
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My 19 year old self would look at me and say WOW what the fuck happened to you dude?

Where is the earring? Where is your anti-establishment? Wow, you are the principal of the elementary school you attended as a child, you geek! And what the hell happened to you hair? And how the hell could you have been a registered Republican after working in Gerry Studds office?

My 19 year old self would say..... You survived your parents divorce! Your fears of marriage have been overcome. You have beautiful kids. You finished college!!!! You are not a classical musician? How did that happen? You no longer speak to your mother? Why the hell didn't I have the courage to protect myself?

To my younger self..... You will not go blind!!!! When two chicks want a threesome, and you turn it down because u loved your girlfriend, you did the right thing, she married you and you have a beautiful family. You have the power to get through the shitstorm that breaks in your way at twenty. Stop looking for women who create drama, there is something to be said for stability. Your sister and you will become friends again, and it is good. All the pressure that being a musical prodigy brings can be pushed away by playing your music for fun. You will not pick a winning presidential candidate in the next twenty years.

When you break up woth your girlfriend, and she still wants to go see Rattle and Hum with you.....do it! Damn it, that movie got you back together man, and you will marry her on August 21, 1993. That movie changes your life. And one more piece of advice, do not give up on U2 so quickly after Achtung Baby.


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I'd tell my 14.5 ( ) year old self to take school a bit more seriously, take more of an interest in the world around me than just what's outside my door. Take more risks, have more fun and live a little. (I was way too serious back then.)

I'd look at myself now and be proud of how far I've come, what I've accomplished and will accomplish in the future, that I want so much for myself now than I did back then and that I have no regrets (the few I have aren't really even worth regretting, really). Basically, I'd be happy I got out of my shell.
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Old 10-23-2007, 09:06 PM   #21
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I'm 25, so I would look at myself at 12 1/2.

to my 12 1/2 self
If you think things are tough now, wait until the real shit begins. And remember, you got to love yourself first and foremost

12 1/2 self looking at 25 self
You did what?! You worked where?! And you doing what now?! All this and you still haven't done XY and Z?!
You must really suck being you.
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This is a fun thread if I say so myself
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Good call.
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Or maybe just me.

Sorry to everyone I make feel old here.
Not old, just tired

While all my friends from home are starting college this year I'm still not done and have another degree to finish and one more to go.

And I'd tell mini me to keep her phone away from water driven appliances and listen to that little voice that said "that guy is a schmuck"
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I'd tell my 14 year-old self to spend more time with my grandma, less time watching Days of Our Lives, to give up on piano sooner because I'm tone deaf and hated it all along, to ignore my academic counsellor who told me to go into science because people with BAs can't find jobs, not to hide my ambition, and to eat as many carbs as I can now before the years start catching up with me.

My 14-year-old self would be really happy about my professional accomplishments, would be pleased that I spent a lot of time travelling because it's always been a passion of mine, and would tell me to guard myself a little less closely with some people.
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I knew what I wanted to do then, I knew how to get it, and now I have to continue aiming to get it.

Apart from a faux pas where I confused volts with amps I can't think of any dramatic advice to give to myself as whatever age halfway me is.
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To my 11.5 year old self:

"Don't ever cave into peer pressure. Don't ever try to change any part of who you are just to fit in with certain people at school. Any friend that puts requirements('right' clothes, 'right' music, etc etc) on your friendship is not a friend. All of the kids around you, even the most confident-sounding ones, are just as insecure as you and just as much in search of their identity as you are. And of all the people you know in elementary school, middle school, and high school, you will never see or hear from most of them ever again once you finish high school. So, just be yourself. There is no such thing as cool. When people say that they want to be cool, they just mean they want to feel accepted, and comfortable in their own skin. The only way to truly do that is to figure out who YOU are, and not who other people THINK you should be. And that is the absolute truth.

Appreciate the trips you and your family take to Turkey, and understand how lucky you are that because your mother is Turkish, you get to go there every few years. You will end up cherishing the experiences you have there.

You have an innocence that I wish I still had. Don't ever take it for granted.

Don't worry about Y2K. It won't be any big deal.

In the summer of 2001, take time to really appreciate the relative innocence of the world around you. Something is going to happen in September that will change everything. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but there's no sense in you trying to process it in your 11 year old mind, much less in you worrying about it for the next six years. Just...appreciate the relative innocence of the world around you. The lack of paranoia.

Your mother is going to start teaching two brothers around your age soon. Make sure you start talking to them. They're going to be your best friends for a long time.

In about two years, you're going to think that the Quad City DJs are good. It is of utmost importance that you understand that they are really, really, really not. It will be a short-lived interest, so just...just try not to tell anyone about it while it's happening. And I know you're going to think 'I Believe I Can Fly' is a great song. It's not great. It's not awful either, but the guy that sings it is going to be a laughingstock a decade from now.

Your mother is going to ask you very soon if she can sell your teenage mutant ninja turtle toys. Don't let her. The shop that she sells them to goes out of business in the very near future and you never know what happened to your stuff except for the small amount of it you get back. So keep it all.

And always wear sunscreen. When you go to Turkey on your 2007 trip, you are going to stupidly sit in the sun for four hours without sunscreen on your first full day there, and you are going to get the SHIT burned out of you. You will barely be able to walk or use your hands for the following two days. So trust me on the sunscreen.

Read more.

Understand that the world is made of shades of gray, and that people who think in black and white are ignorant. Understand that love and understanding and thoughtfulness are some of the most powerful things a human being can offer."



To my 23 year old self:

"Dude...you haven't gotten laid yet? Why not? Because you're waiting for the right woman? Gotcha.

You seem like a good person. You definitely still have some of the same issues I'm dealing with now, maybe you always will, but I'm glad to know I turned out ok.

The fact that I eventually do grow my hair long makes me happy.

What? This internet thing I'm just now starting to get interested in? It's going to be a huge part of my life? Wow. Sweet.

Let's face it, I'm 11. My mind isn't even close to being developed enough to adequately form a substantial opinion on a 23 year old. All I know is, you're pretty cool. That's all I can say."
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Don't worry about Y2K. It won't be any big deal.

In the summer of 2001, take time to really appreciate the relative innocence of the world around you. Something is going to happen in September that will change everything. I'm not going to tell you what it is, but there's no sense in you trying to process it in your 11 year old mind, much less in you worrying about it for the next six years. Just...appreciate the relative innocence of the world around you. The lack of paranoia.
Ooh. Good ones . Didn't think of mentioning that stuff.

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In about two years, you're going to think that the Quad City DJs are good. It is of utmost importance that you understand that they are really, really, really not. It will be a short-lived interest, so just...just try not to tell anyone about it while it's happening. And I know you're going to think 'I Believe I Can Fly' is a great song. It's not great. It's not awful either, but the guy that sings it is going to be a laughingstock a decade from now.
. Loved this part!

U2democrat, this was indeed an excellent idea for a thread. I'm loving the responses here.

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my 30 year old self to my 15 year old self:

it's all going to get better. yes, high school sucks right now, and the sneaking suspicion you have that you're going to look back on all of this and laugh is absolutely spot-on, but there's also nothing you can do about it. playing the game -- by which i mean doing the assignments you're given, not the assignments you wish you were given -- is not by definition selling out to either yourself or to whatever you think the establishment is. just get it done, and don't take it so seriously, it will actually be a lot easier. and keep working like mad in swim practice, and watch what you eat -- you know that if you were 10lbs lighter you'd be looking at your Junior National cuts in about 2 years. and stop treating every practice like a drama. just get in in do it. don't think so much. and don't worry so much, especially about how you can't get enthusiastic about wanting to hook up with, let alone date, any girl in school. trust me, it will all make way too much sense, but don't worry yourself with all that junk right now. and make an effort to be with your friends as much as you can, and lighten up when they dig at you -- that's just what 15 year old boys do, and believe it or not, those four guys across the table are going to mean so much to you when you're older and you're all in each other's weddings. speaking of which ... well, just relax. it's only high school, and you're only you, which is a great thing to be. no need to be anything more than who you are. it's all going to work out. just keep plugging away, pounce on all opportunities, and if it feels wrong, it is wrong. so don't do it. and be safe. don't do stupid things like see how fast the car can go or do 10 vodka shots at a party and always, always use a condom. yes, you will have sex one day. but be patient. it will be that much better in ... well, i won't tell you just how long, but it will be like the biggest, most refreshing glass of water you've ever had. and nothing will be the same after. and not in a Molly Ringwald coming-of-age kind of way. i mean you'll still be the same, but everyone will treat you differently.

my 15 year old self to my 30 year old self:

wow. i had no idea. i mean i did, but not really. how do you handle that? it seems like such a big deal. do people ignore you? treat you differently? i dont know if i could ever do that, i think i could just live with it and maybe get myself something on the side, but it just seems so ... embarassing or something. what? you say people don't care? that people actually like you more now because you're far more real and honest and open and approachable and i'm actually guarded and defense? well, i'll take your word for it. on another note, i'm so happy you've seen so muhc of europe and even lived there (why didn't you stay longer), and there's a very bright future of travel ahead of you. and you make TV! that sounds so cool, and come on, what else would you rather be doing until 11pm on a semi-regular basis? come on man, you're writing for a living! and people watch your shows! that's way better than being a lawyer (now that you've told me what it is lawyers actually do all day). i'm also quite pleased with your shoes and your taste in denim, and i like that we actually are as cautiously arty as we thought we were. and this Memphis guy makes sense for us, kind of different than we expected, but after getting to know him, he's seems like a total keeper. and it's also a relief to know that i'll actually be doing the things i was thinking about doing when i was alone late at night and ... well, let's not get too graphic. just make sure you watch what you eat and continue to work out, and be aware of the alcohol. it does seem to lubricate nearly all your work and social functions, which is kind of how the world works, but just be careful.

oh, and you really need to get your own place.
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Old 10-24-2007, 01:45 AM   #30
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Looking forward: "What a dick."
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