Dear younger self
Do you ever hear the question……
“What would you tell your younger self?”
“What do you wish you knew 10 years ago?”
Answers are often things like:
- Trust yourself
- Take the leap sooner
- Go on that trip
- Be more confident
And for me those would all be true. But lately I have been having coffee/catching up with clients I had 8-10 years ago when I was just starting out in my career and also just starting out as an adult.
It has also hit me recently that I have been working for over 13 years in this field and living here and meeting people and it’s astonishing the people I know and the amount of clients I have worked with.
Does this time warp thing happen to you too?
(18 year old me)
The other day I left a coffee meeting and I felt SO GRATEFUL for my younger self and I wanted to share some of these thoughts and feelings with you.
I am grateful to myself that as a young, naive personal trainer just starting out I stuck to my values of getting to truly know the person and not just shove them into a typical training plan.
I am proud of myself for sticking to my values.
I am extremely proud of myself for creating a community of people who were dedicated to each other, to their own health and fitness and were honest and open with me.
I can’t begin to express how grateful I am that relationships were at the fore front of my work because even 10 years after working with someone, we can sit down and have coffee and they share how valuable their experience was and it something they reflect on positively.
And also, it’s as if we never missed a beat.
I can still feel how scary it felt to feel like I knew nothing, was so stupid compared to others and to constantly wonder if I would ever be successful.
I can also still feel how frustrated, sometimes angry, and a little hopeless I was about my future and how I would impact the world.
I am grateful to my younger self who had the confidence to leave the job that had some security and to walk out the doors without having a clue what would come next.
I am proud that I am constantly learning, growing, and developing because that has paid off in leaps and bounds.
The mistakes you made taught you valuable lessons.
Thank you younger self for being courageous with your choices, willing to step out of the box, and for sticking to your values.
Have you ever sat down and thought about what you would tell your younger self? Your 10 year ago self? Your 20 year ago self?
I know I don’t give myself enough credit and I’m sure you don’t either. Acknowledging ourselves can be hard – but why?
And too often we hold shame, embarrassment or guilt over our past but I truly believe if you slow down and give yourself some love and acceptance – you could shift your view.
Thank you for letting me share some of my reflections with you and an even bigger thank you for being on this journey with me.
I want to know – what would you tell your younger self?????
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