My coworker recently asked me to be on her podcast. She wanted a big group of us to share a few lines of advice that we’d tell our younger selves. She gave me lots of time to prepare, but I obviously forgot about it and had to make something up at the last minute. In the moment, I felt like I was overcome with important guidance, but I wasn’t sure it was the kind she wanted to record. Here are a few things that initially came to mind:
- If you’re at a sketchy restaurant, do not order the salad.
- If you can’t walk to and from your closet in those shoes, you will not be able to walk to and from the club.
- If you really want to eat a piece of pie, a carrot is never going to satisfy.
In the end, I decided she probably wanted something a little more Oprah-like. She held up her phone and I said, “Be kind to yourself. Be as kind to yourself as you would be to your best friend. If you wouldn’t say something to her face, don’t say it to the mirror.” She was very impressed, which is what happens when you channel Oprah while speaking. That and you go bankrupt promising gifts you can’t afford to strangers.