If I knew then…

7 Oct

This morning as I was driving to work, an old song came on the radio.

You know those songs that take you back to a time of your life and make you feel like it was yesterday? This song is one of those.

So what is it? Low by Flo Rida. (what can I say…I like my rap…shorty had them applebottom jeans….)

As I was listening, I thought about how much life has changed the last few years and especially how I have changed as a person. I couldn’t help but look back to that time of my life and think “If I knew then, what I know now”….

  • I would’ve spent more time thinking about others, and less time thinking about myself
  • I would’ve appreciated what I had, instead of obsessing over what I didn’t
  • I would’ve been more thankful for my parents and everything they did for me
  • I wouldn’t have put up with a boss that talked down to me
  • I would’ve spent less money on materialistic items, and donated it instead
  • I wouldn’t have dated that a-hole
  • I would’ve drank more water, and less wine
  • I would’ve taken more cabs
  • I would’ve stood up for myself more
  • I would’ve been happier with my appearance
  • I would’ve payed better attention in my MBA classes
  • I would’ve spent more time with my friends that deserved my time, and less with those that didn’t
  • I wouldn’t have tolerated a boyfriend that didn’t take me seriously (different dude than the one above)
  • I wouldn’t have been such a slacker with my running
  • I would’ve tried to meet more people and branch out
  • I would’ve volunteered more
  • I would’ve been more accepting of people
  • I would’ve been healthier
  • I wouldn’t have wasted tears over things and people that didn’t deserve my tears
  • I would’ve said yes to a date with my now husband two and a half years sooner

And those are just a few of things I would do differently now.

But I will tell you this – I regret none of these decisions. Because without these decisions, I would not be the person I am today. I am a firm believer that our mistakes teach us lessons and make us better people. I know mine certainly have.

Today I am thankful for all that I have and the person I have become.

And while my early 20’s were awesome – please do not make me go back 🙂

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xo,

Ali

P.S. I am impressed that Flo Rida could make me think so deep.

 

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7 Responses to “If I knew then…”

  1. Running Betty October 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Hehe…it’s funny how the most random things can inspire such deep thoughts! I’m with you, the experiences are part of what made me who I am today but I definitely have no desire to go back to my early 20s! It was fun, but I had a totally different mentality back then…too many shots of tequila, lots of bad dates, and not enough self confidence. I love your list! (And them boots with the fur! 😉 )

  2. Kim October 7, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    OMG that picture brings back so many memories! What a fun night, but I totally agree–I am happy to leave those partying days behind!

  3. Anonymous October 8, 2014 at 7:20 am #

    Now I understand what happened to all those cameras!

  4. thedancingrunner October 8, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I can dig it! Love this post!

  5. jhartz87 October 8, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Ha ha! I love that song too! I agree there’s a lot from my early 20s I should have done differently, but then I wouldn’t appreciate what I have now and where I’ve come from. I really liked this post. I’m always inspired that you keep running (both literally and figuratively) through life no matter the obstacles.

  6. Jess Zimlich October 8, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    The fourth one down and that last one…perfect. However, I can relate with most of these. I love this post 🙂

  7. Rebekah October 13, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Oh I’m just about to leave my early 20’s for my late 20’s and I keep thinking about all the things I didn’t know at 20 that I know now…. I definitely wish I had known to put more effort into running

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