• Chantal Porter

6 Things I Wish I Knew When I was Younger

Updated: Aug 27, 2019

The mind of a child is coated with innocence and directed by imagination. As a young child I often had the wildest thoughts about what I wanted to do with my life as I got older. I was super excited for all the clothes I'd buy, all the money I'd make, all the places I'd visit and all I would be able to do for my family. If you read a previous post of mine then you would already know this, but if you're a newbie well now you know. I'm sure that as a child you probably had some big dreams as well and hopefully you still do.

There are quite a few things that I wish I knew when I was younger. Here's a list of about 6 of them. Let me know if any sound familiar.

1. Today is the most important day of your life-

One major thing that I wish I knew when I was younger is how to live in the moment. Sure, you should plan for the future and put things in place but what if you don't make it that far. What memories will you have? Each day should be treated with the same level of importance as the previous one or the next one. To live each day is such blessing and I really wish that I knew that earlier on in my life.

2. Don't be in such a hurry to grow up

A lot of kids today are so focused on growing up and unfortunately I was just like them. I was so bent on becoming an adult simply because it seemed fascinating or attractive. Life is really about experiencing the moments that come with each new day. In my younger days I can honestly say that I obsessed about the future a bit too much. At the time, I didn't understand the beauty of just being a kid. I saw the respect that adults got and I thought wow, I want that for myself, let's just say the grass seemed way greener on the other side.

3. It's okay to fail-

When I was younger, I believed that failing was literally the end of the road. I would cry and go crazy every time I didn't ace a test or get a good grade on a project. It was probably the scariest thing that I could think of. Ultimately no one wants to live an unsuccessful life but I really wish I knew that failing an exam or a test was not the end of the world. I was convinced that everything I did had to be perfect in every way possible, where my academics were concerned. It wasn't until I became an adult that I understood the actual value of failing. If this sounds crazy to you, I'm sure you'll understand soon, but you learn so much when you have failed at something. It teaches you that can push through adversity and come out stronger on the other side.

4. Don't dwell on every mistake that you have ever made.-

It's very easy to hold on to your mistakes thinking that they define who you are as a person. To be quite honest, this is something that I am still struggling with even today. Take my advice, don't spend your younger years holding on to things that won't matter in a few years. We are meant to experience life and all it has to offer, imperfections and all.

5. Some things won't matter when you're older-

We all struggle with something. In my teen years, I had quite a few insecurities that I spoke about in a previous post here. I was concerned with so many things that really don't matter in the long run, including what everyone thought about me.

6. You don't need to have everything figured out-

In my younger years I was a bit hard on myself. I'm sure you probably had a similar experience in which you wanted to have certain details of your life planned out. The fact that I thought I needed to have my life figured out as a child still amazes me. Nevertheless, if you're going through something similar don't stress about it, life is a process. This brings me to another post that I wrote that you might find useful- here are five of the major things that I learned at age 25.

Life can be so beautiful if you endeavour to take it for what it really is, a gift. As you experience all the wonders that life has to offer remember to live in the moments. Do not take anything for granted and make beautiful memories.

"An unexamined life is not worth living.- Socrates

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