Mary Pettigrew: Reflections & Renewal

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Things I Would Tell My 14 Year Old Self

We can't go back in time and re-do our "boo-boo's" in life.  We're not supposed to have that option to edit or do-over our experiences - this is how we grow and learn.  We learn from our decisions, challenges, mistakes, as well as from our good fortunes.  We try to advise our children and young people in today's world what to do, what mistakes to avoid based on our lives and experiences, but they must also learn on their own...in their own time...like we did.  Although, the opportunity to have a little conversation with my younger self is intriguing - I probably wouldn't listen, though...sigh.   

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THINGS I WOULD TELL MY 14 YEAR OLD SELF


Be patient...
It'll get better
You’ll miss out on so much if you’re self-absorbed
Know who you are and listen to your gut
Be unique - celebrate that
Don’t go out of your way to prove yourself to others
If you do your best, you’ll reap rewards
Avoid becoming infected with perfectionism
You are worthy, you are good enough...
You are you're own unique version of perfect
Don't be afraid to try new things, face that fear...a reward is waiting
Don't worry about what people might think
Don't rely on others to make you happy
When meeting a boy, don't say to yourself, "I hope he likes me" - say instead, "I hope I like him"
Your skin will clear up, your body will change
Those gorgeous stars & models in magazines... AIRBRUSHED
They may look "perfect", but they're human – flawed, like we all are
Don't try to look like anyone else
Don't try to act like anyone else
Don’t try to be like anyone else
BE YOURSELF
Learn to say "NO"
Embrace the power to say it
Pace yourself in life, it goes quickly
Use sunscreen...
USE SUNSCREEN
Please, oh, please...embrace your body
Embrace what God & parents gave you
Play music and sing
Think before you quit taking music lessons
And the dance classes, too
Laugh out loud, and often
Speak up, ask questions
Have an opinion
Stand up for yourself
Read
Read even more and be curious
Study...be wondrous of the world
Do more for others
Spend time with your grandparents before they’re gone
Listen to their stories...learn from them
Hug your friends and family often
Tell them that you love them
And SMILE - every day.




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A haven for sharing creative writing, art/music, & stories of MS/chronic illness

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Location: Dallas, Texas, United States

Texas,USA ~ Welcome to my world of creative writing, music, art...& living with MS.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Things I Would Tell My 14 Year Old Self

We can't go back in time and re-do our "boo-boo's" in life.  We're not supposed to have that option to edit or do-over our experiences - this is how we grow and learn.  We learn from our decisions, challenges, mistakes, as well as from our good fortunes.  We try to advise our children and young people in today's world what to do, what mistakes to avoid based on our lives and experiences, but they must also learn on their own...in their own time...like we did.  Although, the opportunity to have a little conversation with my younger self is intriguing - I probably wouldn't listen, though...sigh.   

Art by:  2Birds 

















THINGS I WOULD TELL MY 14 YEAR OLD SELF


Be patient...
It'll get better
You’ll miss out on so much if you’re self-absorbed
Know who you are and listen to your gut
Be unique - celebrate that
Don’t go out of your way to prove yourself to others
If you do your best, you’ll reap rewards
Avoid becoming infected with perfectionism
You are worthy, you are good enough...
You are you're own unique version of perfect
Don't be afraid to try new things, face that fear...a reward is waiting
Don't worry about what people might think
Don't rely on others to make you happy
When meeting a boy, don't say to yourself, "I hope he likes me" - say instead, "I hope I like him"
Your skin will clear up, your body will change
Those gorgeous stars & models in magazines... AIRBRUSHED
They may look "perfect", but they're human – flawed, like we all are
Don't try to look like anyone else
Don't try to act like anyone else
Don’t try to be like anyone else
BE YOURSELF
Learn to say "NO"
Embrace the power to say it
Pace yourself in life, it goes quickly
Use sunscreen...
USE SUNSCREEN
Please, oh, please...embrace your body
Embrace what God & parents gave you
Play music and sing
Think before you quit taking music lessons
And the dance classes, too
Laugh out loud, and often
Speak up, ask questions
Have an opinion
Stand up for yourself
Read
Read even more and be curious
Study...be wondrous of the world
Do more for others
Spend time with your grandparents before they’re gone
Listen to their stories...learn from them
Hug your friends and family often
Tell them that you love them
And SMILE - every day.




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