To Younger Me – Missy Fuller

This is the second installment of six of a blog series about, ”What would I tell my younger self? What advice would you give, yourself?” Missy Fuller is a good friend of mine and fellow Vol alum. Here is the advice she would give.

There are a lot of things I’d like to tell my younger self.

“Don’t fall for that guy, he’s a bad idea.”
“Study for this test. It will kick your butt. Say Yes To The Dress will be on tomorrow.”
“You will hate every minute at this job. Wait two months for a better one.”
“This friend will cause a lot of heartache. Keep them at arm’s length.”

Yes, it would be great to avoid some of those circumstances that ended poorly, those relationships that fell apart, and those bad decisions that led to other bad decisions. But in the long run, those experiences allowed me to grow and mature into a fully functioning adult.

There is one thing I would like to tell my younger self. It is something I learned the hard way, and the easy way. Something I need to continually remind my present self, because I still don’t have a grasp on how important it is.

Don’t steal from your future.

Remember when you were seven and you tried to pick out all of the marshmallows from the Lucky Charms box? Your mom, or possibly an older sibling, stopped you. She told you that if you took out all of the marshmallows now, there wouldn’t be any left when you got to the end of the box.

Remember when you were twelve, and you just made your first $20 after babysitting or mowing a lawn? You started that little job to save for that fancy boom box from Radio Shack. But there you are, staring at that new beanie baby or video game. And you want it, bad. Thankfully, your dad comes up behind you and reminds you of how great that boom box will sound when you have all your friends over.

Don’t steal from your future.

Your future is the most valuable thing you own. You will always have a future, but the value of your future can change in an instant.

Every choice you make changes the worth of your future.

Bad decisions can steal from your future.
Comparison steals from your future.
Procrastination steals from your future.
Indecisiveness steals from your future.
Dysfunctional relationships steal from your future.

Make choices that add value to your future.

Conviction adds value to your future.
Responsibility adds value to your future.
Discipline adds value to your future.
Seeking wise counsel adds value to your future.
Financial responsibility adds value to your future.
Healthy relationships add value to your future.
Goals add value to your future.

Make decisions with a perspective beyond the moment.

Don’t steal from your future. Enhance it.

Missy is a friend, avid runner, & blogger at ttntu.blogspot.com. Follower her on Twitter: @Missy_Fuller1.

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