Advice to my Younger Self

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Powerful Suggestion.”

Ten pieces of advice I wish I would have listened to and heard.

1.  On relaxation

Life does not need to be a  series of “to do” lists.

2.  On dreams

Follow them.

3. On kindness

Be kind with  words to yourself

4.  On fear

Face fear head on, don’t shrink back, like all bullies it will retreat

5.  On being alone

You will never be alone as long as you don’t lose yourself.

6. On advice

Sit with it, sort, separate, keep, discard, recycle

7. On friendship

Be there, it’s the centre of everything

8. On drama

Save it for the movies

9. On negativity

Trash day is Tuesday

10. On life

Be present. Live now. Tell people what they mean to you.  See the world like a child.

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Writing and photography are my first and second loves and thanks to technology I have the ability to share with a larger audience, including family and friends. Gone are the days of lugging around photo albums after a trip and of keeping a written journal of the experience that only I would view. The days of the handwritten letters are gone, but blogging provides a chance to share ideas, thoughts and photographs with a few mouse clicks and to receive instant feedback from around the world. It provides an opportunity to research a new place and to see that place through the eyes of a multitude of people each with their own unique way of viewing and experiencing the world. It opens the world wide and allows us a front row seat. Blogging connects us and creates a family of support. It provides an outlet and a chance to perfect the craft of writing and story telling. When I sit in my living room drinking my coffee and see that someone from another part of the world has read my words, and then I read theirs, the world is much smaller and more attainable. We are more alike than different as we share uniquely human experiences. Once I had a dream of becoming a Journalist, but somehow life got in the way. I currently have a fantastic career in healthcare and know that I have made a difference so I have no regrets. Still, I wonder if there is time to explore the road less travelled?

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