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BlueEyz2006
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Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2008 19:06

We've all heard (or said) "if I knew then what I know now" and a littany of comparable idioms (heck, the whole song "Wear Sunscreen" had this as a central theme). Well, I'd love to hear from you on two questions. You have to promise to be thoughtful and honest before posting: 1. If you had the chance to talk with the you of exactly 10 years ago (think of where you were then and what was important to you), what advice would you give yourself? 2. What advice do you think you'll give yourself exactly 10 years from today? Remember: thoughtful and honest! I look forward to your replies!


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Posted on Tue, Apr 29, 2008 07:39

If i could have a discussion with my younger self i think that i would advise me to take more risks. Living in a protective and safe environment sometimes makes it difficult to decide to go for that radical change that will turn things upside down. As for the other things i have experienced i would not say anything to prevent them from happening. I believe that who i am today was shaped by the things i have lived and so i do not regret about anything even though some caused me a lot of pain. One thing i did and i believe that i will always do is to follow the desires of my heart. For that i feel proud and satisfied. Some things were gained and other things were lost but i have always been faithful to my dreams. As to the second question i would not go that far, 10 years from now is a long time and our lives are like the flame of a candle. You never know when a light breeze turns into a strong wind thus causing the flame to die. I would prefer to give an advise for each day that dawns. Strive to be happy and always fight to make your dreams come true.


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Posted on Sat, Apr 05, 2008 22:26

since I first gave a response on this blog, my whole world has been in upheaval...yet again. Life is so unpredictable for me..and I think some stability would be beneficial. Ten years is both a long time and a blink of an eye. One thing I do know...I need to get my financial house in order...I dont fancy a short sick retirement under a freeway bridge. having just gone through a horrid tiime of familal loss...I see that certain paths will yield much better results than others. Some people are better left behind and placed in the "I used to know them" catagory. Unkind and hyprocitical people jettisoned without regret. Narrow mindedness or grudge nursing has no place in my life.


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BlueEyz2006
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Posted on Thu, Apr 03, 2008 22:22

Thank you everyone for your thoughtful responses. I hope others will share!


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Posted on Sun, Mar 23, 2008 18:29

10 years ago I'd tell myself that although my husband's death has forever changed me the sadness and uncertainty will NOT guide me. It will inspire me. 10 years from now I would tell myself that Ive been blessed by all the things I have. The things money can't buy yet are priceless. Live Love Laugh and roll with the changes.


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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 20:19

Cassie dear, you NEVER need to apologize for sharing your heart. :) You weren't a downer. I just felt your soul in that moment and reached mine out to touch you friend! And I believe you WILL know love when you are ready. It's there in many ways and forms calling your name gently!


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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 20:14

I would tell myself to never hold back and be relentless in the persuit of happiness. Ten years from now I would tell myself to live in the moment and see all the colors of creation as it is meant to be seen.


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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 09:08

I would tell myself to wake up from my dreams and look around into the reality I was living. To convince myself that no matter what I do, I can not change facts. Ten years from now I would be saying to myself that life has passed me by and I was too fussy in search for the ultimate chemistry. I would also console myself by looking at what I've achieved. And I would tell myself to just find a companion. ;0)


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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 06:14

Blueeyz, What would I say to me 10 years before and 10 years later? This might be easier for me that others as I do work with my past and future selfs... 10 years ago. I would continue to remind myself that dreams do, and will, continue to come true. That everything is going to be better than I can imagine. That I am not like other people and should not try to be like them. (I already knew this but was not sure) Even then I was working with my future self...and my past selfs. 10 years from now. It is easier than ever to see that with focus and believing in myself, that those dreams and thoughts that seemed to come from somewhere else really were coming from my future self! Most of my dreams have come true. Everything is better than even I had expected. New dreams are are still coming in, from my future self that is 10 years older! I am also still working with my past...and she knows how real we really are...

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Posted on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 01:34

Quoting Cassie2004: John ~ I wonder if that's your best answer. The reason I say this, you must have had something more provocative or revealing in mind to inspire such a blog and then to insist on honesty. Nevertheless, this is for you, my best friend on MM. 10 years ago I would have advised myself not to let my Mom find out a certain thing about me, because it became the most formidable weapon in her hate arsenal. It was the bolt that forever kept the door to her heart locked. This is pretty personal and hard to say, but 10 years from now I will still be wishing that I had it in me to feel love. Because that is my failing. I have good humor in abundance. I have understanding and compassion. I can care, I can nurture, I can be a fun date, a good friend, and a warm, considerate, generous lover. But I have never loved, and can't.

Dear Cassie, Your dilema rocks my core. I am going to pray specifically that you don't have to wait 10 years to know real love...to give or to get! xoxo Deb


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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 20:46

I only have a few minuites for reflection before aI have to leave town again. These past ten years have been gut wrenching and horrid. Ive endured divorce, betrayal,serious illness, serious injury,loss of my career,death,loosing my home, being cheated and lied to..and more things than I care to even remeber. I can also say that I have progressed light years in enlightenment,,had some of the most outrageous and wonderful adventures, met and cherished my one true love., took those guilty of deceit to task and prevailed, and became the Master of MY Universe. I would have told myself to be brave, love fiercely, never compromise honor or integrity, and have faith because it IS going to be a bumpy ride. A song I love puts it well... " My brain is like a Sieve, sometimes its easier to forget..." Ten years from now I will be sixty. That is a daunting thought. iuwould tell myself to make sure and guard my health,,do everything in my power to keep the love I have, cherish my daughter and our time together. LIVE now,,because tomorrow is uncertain. and always remember....a good load of *shite" is the fertilizer of LIfe.There IS NOTHING to fear, Be bold, be true, be strong and loving.


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Posted on Thu, Mar 20, 2008 19:22

Dear Vida, You know I always respect your perspective and appreciate your quantum dynamics / life is a mobius strip analysis. As to your point on question #2 I admit that's why I asked the question. Question 1 is a little harder since your point is valid that you are who you are because you did not get the advice of which I inquire, but that too is the point. Essentially, based on who you are today, and assuming for the sake of discussion the past exists (or existed), what did you not know but wish you knew 10 years ago? While nothing is a valid answer, I think it is better given by someone accepting the premise of the question. Nonetheless, I have often entertained the idea that nothing exists but this moment.


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Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 22:56

Thanks for the responses - lots of lookers, few takers! Cassie, I should have expected nothing less. Per usual, as you wish: 10 years ago I was in my second year of law practice. I'd tell myself then to date more, always follow your heart (which I fortunately did), only take cases you believe in and don't be too hard on yourself. Stay in touch with good friends. In 10 years I expect this advice will still hold true and I'd add, be emotionally available to everyone, don't sweat the small stuff, only hire people you'd like to have dinner with and invest well.


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Posted on Wed, Mar 19, 2008 13:59

I would tell myself not to sell my home. If I meet certain people to "stay" away! Not to work so hard or so many hours and not to open my own store. That work is only to enhance life not consume it. I would remind myself to live a little bit more than I am now. Once or twice a year is not enough. To think LONG and HARD about choices that come my way before I jump in with both feet. Ten years from today...if my pattern hasn't changed, I would tell myself to close the store, quit my job and actually live before it's too late.


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