Walk the Line: Letter to Younger Self

Ever wish you played your life differently?

Would you go back in time and advise your younger self to avoid certain pitfalls and compensate for shortcomings?

The threads of time and the fabrics they weave are the clothes of life. If you want to change the garment, try this exercise:

Self evaluate your past. Identify a turning point that defined the direction your life has taken.

Write a letter to yourself starting with “Dear (age of younger self you are addressing and your name), With the power of 20/20 hindsight and the side effect of maturity, I have realized that I should have done ___ , but instead I did ____.” Fill in the blanks. Put the letter in an envelope and mail it to yourself. When you receive the letter, read it as if you are reading it for the first time. Reflect upon the words that cross the line between past and present.

Then take the advice your younger self would have given your older self after receiving your letter, which is…Do it yourself. You cannot live vicariously through your younger self or your children. If you want something done, take action now.