During the Nightly News interview that aired yesterday, Cynthia McFadden asked Hillary Clinton a fascinating question – if Hillary could look back at herself when she was first lady, what advice would she give herself? Hillary seemed quite taken with this question and I was as well. I began to fantasize what a wonderful opportunity that would be – to look back at myself in the capacity of an adviser and counsel my young, naive self. Hmm, what would I say?
To the shy little girl, I’d say “Love who you are. There’s nothing wrong with you”
To the nervous college student, I’d say “Study your passion and then find your way through”
To the idealistic bride, I’d say “Who are you? Discover the one before becoming the two”
To the overwhelmed young mother, I’d say “Follow your instincts. You know more than you think you do”
To the aspiring supermom, I’d say “Relax. There’s no such thing as perfection”
To the parent of adults, I’d say “You gave them the tools. Now they have to use them”
To the overworked employee, I’d say “Be sure your personal and professional goals align”
To the writer I never knew, I’d say “Where have you been all my life?”
If you could look back at yourself, what advice would you give to you? And if you received that advice back then, would you have taken it?