April 8, 2013
What I Wish I Knew at 25
We all say as we age, if only I knew then what I know now. Lately, especially when reviewing my writing career, I feel as if I have wasted a whole bunch of time. What would my life had been like if I had been able to advise my 25 year-old self? Would I have a shelf of bestsellers??
Even successful Oprah had advice for her young self. She said she would never have wasted even a moment doubting her path.
Do not perm your hair. Someday, way into the future, you will be taking a shower and you will see your hair clogging the drain. You will look in the mirror and be able to count the strands of wispy hair left on your head. So what if everyone in the 80s has big hair. That fad, like acid washed jeans, will pass. Leave your hair alone. By the way, spend less time in pool halls. These are the kind of men you will meet in pool halls.
Appreciate that you can wear a bikini. Your days of bikini wearing are numbered. You might think you are different, that you will always be able to show off your belly button, but you are wrong. One day you will be at Ross and you see a rack of bikinis and you will look at them with such longing and then you will veer toward the area of the bathing suits which look like the kind your mom wore. The bathing suits you will have to buy have such features as tummy tucking and thigh slimming. So wear the bikini now when you are 25, because after that, sure you can wear one, but who wants to look?
And laughter will keep you young.
P.S. Floss. You will appreciate having your own teeth the older you get.