Recently I was encouraged to write a post about what advice I could give to my college-aged self from where I am today. It took me a long time to finally get here but here I am and here’s what I would tell myself.
First of all, at 18, 19, 20 I had no idea who I really was or what exactly it was that I wanted out of life. I was a student and I was out to have fun and, to be honest, to just get through each day.
I spent a lot time laying awake at night thinking “My God, what am I going to do when I graduate?”…and then I’d panic. I had no direction for my life. So, if I could time-travel back to my 18th year, one thing I would definitely myself is take care of yourself now! Embrace fitness! Love your body and embrace it. Treat it like the temple it is because when you’re older, it’s not as easy as it once was to fit in exercise, work those muscles, and lose (or gain!) weight. Try not to struggle with the things you can’t change about yourself and work on the things you can. Stay active. And be sure to have fun! What’s the point of living if there’s no fun? Keep your heart healthy and young.
And know that it’s never too late – or too early – to start doing something you love (or you loathe) if it will make you feel better and keep you healthy. I wish I had embraced fitness at a younger age. I wish I could turn back the clocks and jump on the bandwagon as a kid. Especially knowing now that it’s attainable and not necessary to fork over a ton of money in order to stay fit and active. All you need is a good attitude and some motivation. And a good pair of sneakers!
And eating clean doesn’t have to be expensive – although, direction for eating clean is likely a lot simpler when you’re not a young,
partying college kid. Just stay away form the junk!!
Most importantly, have fun. Take advantage of all the world has to offer. Get out an literally smell the roses and get a breath of fresh air. Don’t stress yourself out over the unknown of your future, like how you’re going to pay back your student loans. (P.S. there are people out there who want to help you, like the Happiness Team from Earnest. They can help you pay back your loans quicker with their refinancing options.) Get out and literally smell the roses and get a breath of fresh air