What 5 Things Would You Tell Your Younger Self?
There was a recent Facebook post with the following question: “Do you remember your childhood telephone number?” I remembered mine, (914) 235-0905 as did many others, however, it brought to mind an episode of The Twilight Zone.
It was the episode with the grandmother giving a toy telephone to her grandson so that they could talk after she died.
This is not something that I would ever want to do, however, if I could, I would have loved to have talked to my younger self and these are the 5 things that I would have said to her:
1 – Buy some land
I spent every summer during my high school years driving back and forth to Rehoboth Beach. I drove past miles and miles past of acres and acres of unused land, had I just purchased a few of those acres back in the 70’s, I could be retired by the ocean now!
2 – Quit Smoking -Don’t Smoke
No explanation needed. I spend 35 years of my life smoking, but after 7 times of trying, I finally quit in 2009, however, my body suffered. I wish I had never picked up a cigarette!
3 – Keep Teaching
Although the salary was extremely low in 1983, ($12,145/year) had I continued teaching I would be retired now with a full pension instead of still working a 9-5 with a 3-hour commute!
4 – Travel More
When the boys were younger as a family we did travel every year, however, I do wish that I had traveled more extensively before getting married. I would have loved to travel outside of the United States with friends but do hope to do so with hubby once I retire.
5 – Buy some Apple Stock
Instead of spending money on cigarettes I should have invested in Apple Stock – again, I would be retired by now! The company went public in 1980 with an adjusted IPO price of $2.75 per share, today it’s trading at 144.15 per share.
Let’s Chat: What are the 5 things that you would tell your younger self?