What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18

If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing when you were eighteen, what would it be? 

For many people that question is tricky to answer. Some would try and anticipate the best week to win the lottery. Some would tell themselves to get on a plane and travel the world much sooner. And some say they wouldn't at all because they wouldn't be the person they are today.

While your own answer may not have the biggest impact on your life right now, it does reveal some insight on what matters to you.

For that reason I think this is a great question for eighteen year olds to ask others, as at that age "you don't know what you don't know".

At eighteen I didn't know how much I would appreciate a hangover cure after a night of drinking. At eighteen I didn't know that I would want to be able to edit a short YouTube video for a friend's birthday. And at eighteen I didn't really know I would need to learn to speak German for a future internship position. 

And while I know my life experiences are never going to be exactly the same as someone else's, hearing their stories and their perspective has always brought some value to my life. Whether through a blog post, one-to-one mentoring session or auditorium presentation I've always appreciated them taking the time to make life's navigation just a bit easier. 

Which is why I was thrilled to be on the other side of that exchange for once.

I recently gave a talk at an event in the UK on the theme "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 18". Being from Canada originally I thought it would be great to also share a few insights from friends back home. I was originally expecting one or two replies but got much more than I could have fitted into one presentation so I'm putting them here. 

Here is what YOU wish you knew when you were eighteen: 

 
 
 

What did you wish you had known when you were 18? Feel free to put your answer in the comments below :-)