Today is my 52nd birthday.
I can’t believe I’m 52. I certainly don’t feel it. I like where I am in my life. I don’t think I’d go back to a younger day. But with all the wisdom and experience I’ve accumulated over the years, I do wish that sometimes I could go back and let my younger self in on a few secrets. Tell her what to expect. Not the details mind you. I wouldn’t want to know specifically what was going to happen. Rather, just some words of wisdom to live the next 25 years by, compliments of my older, wiser self.
So here goes.
A few things I wish I could tell my 25-year-old self about money, success, and happiness.
Learn to live on less than you make. Regardless of what anyone else will try to tell you, that is the real secret to financial freedom.
Success is relative. Don’t measure yours based on other people. And don’t use it to measure your self worth. Do what fulfills your purpose and makes you happy.
Be present. Don’t worry so much about the past or the future. Accept what is. Let it go and move on. Realize that whatever it is, good or bad, it’s temporary. So enjoy the good while it’s here, and don’t let the bad take you out. Just remember, this too shall pass.