#DearYoungerMe: What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?


This time of year, everyone is focused on making resolutions. Most of them entail becoming a better version of yourself. But how many times do we look back to see how far we’ve come? How does who you are now compare to the person you were last year? Five years ago? What about at age sixteen?

In "Dear Me: More Letters to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self," published in the UK this fall, author Joseph Galliano asked everyone from J.K. Rowling to Yoko Ono to James Belushi what they wish they could tell themselves at age sixteen.

While this is not a new idea, it's an idea we love -- who doesn't have something she wishes she could tell her younger self?

In "Dear Me," memorable words of wisdom included Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame on her teenage struggle with body image and boyfriends:

If you spent a quarter of the time thinking about others instead of the way you hate your thighs, your level of contentment and self-worth would expand exponentially.

PS: Follow your dreams, not your boyfriends.

Eileen Fulton, actress, wrote to her younger self:

Do not change your name. Margaret McLarty is a very good name. So what if people have trouble pronouncing it. They finally got Scharzenegger-Zellweger and Bacharach right didn't they?

Novelist Jodi Picoult's advice for her younger self?

Calculus. Trust me: you will never use it.

What would you tell your younger self? Leave a comment in the comments section below or tweet @HuffPostWomen with hashtag #DearYoungerMe. We’ll publish our favorite answers in a slideshow here.

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