Monday, January 24, 2011

What If YOU Could Of...

Lets say for fun. You could write a letter to yourself back when you were 17 years old.

Knowing what you know today, knowing what you have learned from your life experiences, and you had the opportunity to write yourself a letter, what would it say???

In this letter you could tell yourself all the things you could have done and should of done.

What would you say?

What life lessons have you learned that you wish you would have known back then?

What do you think would happen if you knew what you know today, back then, and how could you life be different today?

Write this letter to yourself in the comments.


Once I hear some of your letters I will tell you mine in the comments too.


  1. What a great post!!!
    If I could go back in time, I would have not changed a thing because I believe you make the choices you make at the time you make them and that paves the way for you as an individual and helps create your path!
    But being 29 I would give the 17 year old annie some advice! Stay true to who you are... know your abilities and strengths and use them! Do not let people define you, Define yourself! Keep God as your focus and all will work out according to his plan!

  2. I always find it interesting to think about this stuff. As a dad of 5 kids, 2 of which are boys, I feel I have the chance to say this exact stuff not to myself, but rather to them. Here is some 40 off of my list...

    1. Money creates opportunities, but rather than money you should always work toward freedom.
    2. Make sure you know what Freedom really means.
    3. Even a homeless man has a story. He too was once a 7 year old kid who loved good times. Listen to him.
    4. Never miss an opportunity to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
    5. Its okay to be late to your next appointment if it was due to #4.
    6. People are watching you everyday. What impression are you making?
    7. Integrity cannot be bought.
    8. Uncomfortable situations build character.
    9. Live. Smile. Love.
    10. Family first.
    11. Be a best friend.
    12. It's ok to cry.
    13. Never buy on credit.
    14. Know who you can call in your darkest moments. If no one, cultivate a deeper relationship with a select few.
    15. Listen to your elders. Find mentors.
    16. As you age, re-find your youth.
    17. CrossFit - don't buy one, just do it ;)
    18. Vacation with all your kids.
    19. Observe. Trust your gut.
    20. Know the battle. You can't please everyone.
    21. Buy those things which you truly want. Forego junk or short-term pleasures. That money is better spent on a memory.
    22. Play disc golf. Snowboard.
    23. Hunt. Fish. Love nature.
    24. Trust God. Read Proverbs over and over. And then again.
    25. The greatest pleasure may come from the most unexpected place.
    26. Snakes live everywhere.
    26. Understand Sunk Cost. Know when to cut your losses. Fast.
    27. Do not run your business as a hobby. Hobbies cost you money. If that is your business, it just failed.
    28. Make sure to spend more time with your dad. And grandpa.
    29. Love your wife.
    30. Do not conform. Break patterns.
    31. Allow others to grow and flourish.
    32. Drink beer. Responsibly.
    33. Some of the best conversations you have will be over a campfire or on a barstool.
    34. College is just a social event that gives you 4 more years to grow up really. BUT, attend every class and you will leave smarter.
    35. Learn to negotiate, barter, buy and sell.
    36. Have kids...with 1 woman (or man).
    37. Drive a truck.
    38. Own a gun. How else can you hunt?
    39. Use the Internet as a tool for efficiency and purpose. Do not waste time on it.
    40. Always live below your means. See #2 as this is a big piece of it.

  3. 10 more since no one is coming in...

    41. Never miss a best friends wedding. You will regret it and whatever the reason, it was not good enough.
    42. Even though I can accomplish much, the power of team will always be greater than I.
    43. Be a leader. Delegate.
    44. Life is not always a walk in the park. If you need marriage counseling, suck it up and go.
    45. Unexpected and painful death happens. When you lose a best friend, a brother, someone special, you need to heal. If you go to a funeral and they ask for "any memories" give some even if crying. A heartfelt goodbye heals. Also, do not make funerals your only family reunions.
    46. Love your siblings. Always. A family fued is a curse that reaps evil.
    47. Go to church. With your kids. Alone. However it means getting there. Then Sing the Hymms. It will make you feel better.
    48. Know your friends. Truly know them.
    49. There will be a time when looking out for #1 has nothing to do with you.
    50. Live each day. Everyday. Alive and living to your potential.

    That's it. 50 of my thoughts donated to all. What can I learn from you?