For some reason, getting older tends to get a bad rap. We hear so much about anti-aging products, ways to cover your gray hairs and treatments for getting rid of those wrinkles. But lately, we’ve been chatting a lot about how much perspective a little bit of age gives you. And believe it or not, we are all very grateful for the extra candles added to our birthday cakes. Because it really is true… the older you get, the wiser you become. You start learning from mistakes, appreciating what you have, and really going after what you want in life. So with that in mind, we asked our editors, contributors, interns and assistants what advice they wish they could have given to themselves when they were younger. Take a look…

It’s All About Perspective

I know it sounds cheesy, but I would tell my younger self to be grateful for everything I have in life. Part of it was just normal teenage angst I’m sure, but I remember feeling like every bad grade on a test, every boy who didn’t like me back, and every bad day was the end of the world. Now, even when something not-so-great happens, I remind myself that I have so much to be grateful for: my health, my husband and baby girl, my friends, and a career I love, to name a few! I’m a much happier person, and I’m also better able to exhibit compassion for those who really don’t have as much. – Ilana Saul, Managing Editor

Don’t Forget to Have Fun

Stop being such an introvert and start feeling comfortable in your own skin. There are kind, loyal, non-judgmental people in this world and when you find them, hold on tight. Being a workaholic is only healthy when you balance it with a little fun. Your dreams will still be there tomorrow. Also, just go ahead and adopt all of the puppies you stalk on adoption sites. You can figure out the rest later. And lastly… quit using webMD religiously. Not every symptom leads to death. –Anna James, Fashion Contributor

It Will All Work Out

When I was younger, I used to get stressed out that I didn’t have my life planned out. I couldn’t decide what major to choose in college, let alone what I wanted to do for a career. I felt like I had no direction, and it caused a lot of anxiety. However, at one point I just decided that as long as I worked hard, liked what I was doing and had great friends and family around, things would work out the way they should. And they did! All of the classes I took, jobs I had and people I met along the way led me to where I am today, and I am so grateful. So don’t worry if you don’t have a plan. Not everyone knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up. Just trust your instinct, work hard, be kind, and surround yourself with good people. The rest will work itself out. – Rachel Rosenbloom, Managing Editor

Organization is Key

I would tell myself “start as you intend to finish.” I used to approach things in a pretty haphazard way, so I would advise myself to create a series of goals, develop a strategy based on those goals, and organize my time more efficiently. I wasted a lot of time just “figuring it out” when I could’ve been exploring other opportunities or building on what I was passionate about. – Claire Thomas, Food Contributor

Toughen Up, Buttercup

My younger self was pretty sensitive. I would get my feelings hurt easily and take things people said personally, especially voluntary criticisms from friends and family. Since then, I’ve luckily grown out of being über sensitive, but it didn’t come without some (unnecessary) tears shed along the way. If I could go back in time and have a heart-to-heart with my younger self, I would tell her to not let other people’s opinions affect her mood so much. Life is a lot easier when you can remember that at the end of the day, the only opinion that really matters is your own. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” What a wise woman! – Allison Norton, Managing Editor

Raise Your Voice

Growing up, I wouldn’t say that I was necessarily shy, but I definitely was not a risk taker. I seldom broke the rules and would rarely speak my mind. I feared rejection and wanted to please everyone around me. Because of this, my advice to my younger self would be to put myself out there more and to not be afraid to make my voice heard. I finally broke out of my shell in college and decided that I wanted to actively pursue my dreams. It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself! Trust me when I say that so many great opportunities will come your way once you decide to leave your fear behind. – Jessi Burrone, Editorial Assistant

Eat Real Food

What is the saying? Wiser with age? I am 32 real years old, but in diet years (not dog years) I am a wise 85. I own a library of highlighted diet and biology books, inhale the latest published medical research, attend conferences and navigate LA traffic listening to my favorite podcasts. Like no other subject, the science of nutrition and biology catalogues itself in my brain, it’s easily referenced and compared. Today, the research and health noise is no longer a loud pull to pick up my life and change everything; it’s a muddled suggestion, a new file and an ability to help others. It’s now easy to see that the new trends, like fashion, are simply repurposed fads. (bellbottoms aren’t for everyone even if they are on trend) I wish my 18-year-old self realized I didn’t need to count calories, eat weird turkey bacon or use a George Forman grill. All I needed to do was eat real food that satiated me, be patient enough to listen to my body and slowly incorporate new science. Ultimately, the real science will always set you free. – Kelly LeVeque, Nutrition Contributor

Lighten Up, Kiddo!

As a kid, everyone always joked that I was a “baby work-a-holic.” From the minute I was legally allowed to work, I had a job and was constantly taking on more and more responsibility to try and get ahead. Winning school competitions and working towards my future seemed to be what life was all about. If I wasn’t knee deep in a project or working all the time, then I wasn’t really happy. As a result, I’d definitely tell my younger self to stop and smell the roses! (Or peonies and hydrangeas for that matter!). Basically, lighten up kiddo! Try not to take everything so seriously. There’s more to life than getting one step ahead. If you just take a moment to take it all in, you’ll notice a world of beautiful things around you! – Carly Schwartz, Intern

Like they say, hindsight is 20/20, right?

If you could give your younger self a few pieces of advice, what would they be?

Let us know in the comments!

XO Team LC