If you could go back in time and give yourself as a child one piece of advice or a message, what would it be and why?

Submitted by Haynes

"As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.” --Isabelle Holland

I would tell my younger self to learn to forgive faster and completely, and always know
that you are loved...

Submitted by Jackie

The biggest piece of advice I would give myself would be to take my mother's advice. I was to quick to judge her. My mother gave me the world, but I always wanted more. I was very selfish and wanted to do things I had no business doing....

Submitted by Vivian

My advice would be to finish my education. I was in a college prep program that helped me land great part-time jobs at a law firm and a hospital. I also received four scholarships to college. Even though I was doing well in school, my...

Submitted by Louise

I can still hear my grandmother telling me, “You had better be good at whatever you choose to do in life because you aren't going to have anyone else once I’m gone.” Whenever I get depressed, worried, or afraid, I hear my grandmother...

Submitted by Chavon

"If I could go back in time and give myself as a child one piece of advice or a message, it would be to work hard, remain determined and dedicated, and focus on future goals, even in the midst of stigma and stereotypes.

I made...

Submitted by Katrina

Funny enough, I don’t think I would tell myself anything. For starters, I was a pretty hard-headed child, so I’m not sure I would have listened to myself anyway. Secondly, a lot of the fun in life has been figuring things out. I may not...

Submitted by Jasan

If I could tell my younger self what I know now, I would say to him (actually scream at him): “ You are beautiful, smart, talented, loved, special and unique. You are enough. Just be the lovely person you are and will become.” I...

Submitted by Mya

I grew up in Brooklyn, New York with a Puerto Rican mother and father and two older sisters. My mother and father divorced when I was one year old. I remember being a happy little child with not a care or worry in the world. I loved...

Submitted by Elizabeth

I would tell my younger self, “I am glad you are alive and did not kill yourself.” I always said as a kid that I was ready for battle--not knowing that, when going onto battlefield, you need make sure you are wearing God's armor. I have...

Submitted by Ben

I would tell myself to never take anyone for their word when they say they are HIV negative. A person I was with for five years knew he was HIV positive and did not say a word to me about it. I thank God that the next person I was with...

Submitted by Melinda

I would tell myself to never do drugs, because they could lead you to do things you would never imagine. They can make you experience things that you would never wish on anyone. You will lose yourself in a world where you have no soul,...

Submitted by Justin

If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice, it would be to ask more questions! As a child, I was always shy and hesitant to ask questions, because I didn’t want to to look like I knew less than my peers--whether it...

Submitted by Tree

If I could go back in time to chat with my younger self, I would have so much to say. I would tell myself: "You are brilliant, you are beautiful and you are powerful. Believe in yourself and carefully plan your life, because when you...

Submitted by Tyrone

If I could go back in time and give myself one piece of advice, it would be to focus. Focus on life. Focus on all the little things. Focus on yourself. Don't lose focus on what's important in life. I would focus on my goals and...

Submitted by Nilda

As you grow up, follow your dreams. There will be let-downs and you will fall sometimes, but always pick yourself up. Never let anybody tell you that you can't. Be a leader, not a follower. Don't let people influence you to do wrong. Be...