As we get older, we often reflect on our lives. We wonder sometimes what we could’ve done differently and what advice we would’ve liked to hear when we were younger. Maybe we would tell ourselves to be more disciplined, take more risks or worry less.
For me personally, I am grateful for everything that has happened in my life, from the good to the bad. In the moment, the bad stuff feels awful but I know it was meant to happen no matter how hurt I am. Because when I look back at those moments I know it has shaped me into the person I am today, and because of that I wouldn’t change a thing.
So my advice for myself wouldn’t be for me to change anything, but more words of affirmation for myself (which is my love language). I would tell my younger self:
“You’re not crazy! Your emotions are all valid. You are a good person even when you mess up and fail. God made you who you are, He knows you and made you who you are for a reason.”Alyssa sanchez
That’s my advice for my younger self. But, I didn’t want this vlog to be all about me giving advice to my younger self when there is so much other advice I cannot give. I recruited some of my family members to share what advice they would give to their younger selves.
Also, all this advice can still be applicable in our lives today, even though we aren’t our “younger selves” anymore, we can still continue to grow and change.
So, here’s what my family had to say:
Kory, 3 – “Poop!”
Annette, 52 – “Be more spontaneous, always follow your heart, and don’t worry about what other people think.”
Delia, 79 – “How I lived in Cuba when I was young was perfect. However, when I left Cuba and was in the States, I would tell myself to not get involved in trouble.”
Kai, 5 – “Play more games!”
Joey, 55 – “Be patient with things, because there are many good things in life.”
Emilio, 37 – “Take more chances and invest more.”
Ginger, 1 (my dog) – “Sleep more.”
Annalyse, 19 – “You’re not as alone as you think. So many people love you and will be there for you. Trust in them and in God’s plan.”
Nadji, 36 – “Love on my Mom a little longer.”
JJ, 17 – “Find the right people to be friends with, a good small group that you connect with. Stick with them and find the right people.”
Fernando, 24 – “Don’t worry about what you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing. You don’t have to know what you’re supposed to be doing.”
Jeff, 51 – “Not work so much. Spend more time with my kids when they were younger. Make sure to get the proposal right. Stop, smell the roses, and enjoy things along the way.”
Jon, 19 – “Don’t let your fears control you.”
Teresita, 57 – “Stay true to one’s self. Stay focused on God, listen to what He has for you. And listen to your heart.”
I am so grateful for everyone in my family who allowed me to ask them this question, and hope you all watched and heard some good advice in there. Comment below any advice you would want to share with us or your younger self.
As always, we are praying for you and please let us know how we can help serve you on your restoration journey. I love you!