I have a confession to make: I love throwing questions to people. I really like it because I learn a lot from other people, their insights and thoughts. If you happen to belong to my inner circle of friends, you would certainly agree about this! I frequently ask random questions, be it a who, what, where, when, why and how.
So, I was pondering how it feels then to be on the other side of the coin. Because it is very ironic that in how confident I am in asking questions, I am most of the time unsure in answering questions thrown to me, even those of myself!
As a fun mental exercise, I thought of starting this blog series which I would like to call “Question-Me Fridays”. In here, I would try my best to answer your questions, anything under the sun! I may answer by responding to comments, through email or even by a separate blog post entry.
To start off this week, I searched for a good question to answer.
What advice would you give the ‘5-year-old you’?
If I can meet my 5-year-old-self right now, I will tell her to get as much sleep as she can. I will tell her how hard it is to get 8 hours sleep once she becomes a young adult professional. Knowing what a treasure sleep is, I will encourage her to take afternoon naps as much as she can.
I will also encourage my younger self to play with the other kids in the neighborhood. Even if she will get scolded by her parents for playing outside the house, I will motivate her to socialize and make friends because she needs it later in life. I will ask her to learn how to communicate well and speak up her mind.
I will motivate my younger self to live on with life, even if she comes to the point where I am now, battling with my inner demons of depression and anxiety. I will tell her to cry if she must, or scream even. I will tell her that it is okay not to be okay. I will tell her to just continue looking to Jesus.
I will also plead with my 5-year-old-self not to rush with love. I will tell her that her heart is very precious so that she would not give it away easily to every man that shows interest in her. I will tell her to move on and pursue healing, should she have her heart broken. I will encourage her to still believe in love eventhough there will be many times that the world will show her not to.
Lastly, I will ask my younger self not to live with regrets. Life is too short and beautiful to be lived upon regrets. Live meaningfully. Love unconditionally.
Do you have questions that you want me to answer? Keep them coming!