If I could give my younger self some advice, it would be to stop fearing failure and to take more risks. I definitely missed out on opportunities because I was scared of what would happen if it didn’t turn out the way I wanted; I insisted on doing things that I felt 100% prepared to do (which I now know is virtually impossible). As an adult, it’s still hard for me to take risks but I look at them in a more positive ways. They become adventures or journeys that are exciting instead of scary. If I fail, it’s alright because I can always try again. Nothing will ever be perfect.
My favorite quote is, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” 🌎 by Ghandi. We can’t all be enlightened but we can all live our lives in purposeful ways. Actions ALWAYS speak louder than words. You want a cleaner planet? Recycle. Pick up trash you see on the sidewalk. You want political change? Vote. Volunteer to register other voters. You wish we lived in a kinder world? Be friendly to the cashiers you meet. Use kind and respectful words even in times that make you want to punch a wall. You can’t “be the change” all the time and you certainly can’t solve all the world's problems, but you can do little things that add up over time and just might make other people think, “Hmmm...maybe I should be doing that too.”