10 Things I would go back and tell my 20-something-year-old self if I could

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  1. Stop raising your eyebrows so goddamn much. The two huge wrinkles across your forehead might seem like nothing now, but are not cute at thirty.
  2. I’m proud of you for never dating just for the sake of dating. Never wasting someone’s time if you knew a second date wouldn’t change anything. Never kissing someone you didn’t want to kiss (or sleeping with someone you didn’t want to sleep with).
  3. On that note, I’m proud of you for knowing when to walk away.
  4. Winters in Canada are tough, I get it, but enjoy the seasons while you can because you’re soon going to move to the desert (aka two seasons: sweltering hot and cold), and find yourself longing for these days back.
  5. I know you want children, that you want a family, but enjoy being single. You have no idea how simple life is right now, and how much harder it is going to get.
  6. I know your boobs are small, but don’t take them from granted. You’ll soon have a baby and they will shrink even smaller. Yeah, you got the crap end of that stick, friend.
  7. When the time comes to give birth to your child, make sure you do the following during your hospital stay: change into your own pajamas as soon as you can. Take a shower. No one will tell you that you can, but you can. Do skin to skin with your baby as soon as you can. Take more pictures, woman! You call yourself a photographer!? Be strong enough to tell your husband to leave when his complaining is only making things worse. Have your mom in the hospital with you. You won’t realize how much you wish she was there until it’s too late.
  8. Take more chances. Be spontaneous. You play it too safe, girl!
  9. You’re not made for boring paper-crunching 9–5 desk jobs, so figure out a way to move away from that now, so that it’s easier as you get older.
  10. You’re stronger than you think.
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