Photos from when I was 17, ten years later I'm still an unrepentant nerd.
1) Health: I ate about a burger a day when I started college, I'd be shocked to learn I'd become a health food obsessed raw vegan. I'd always wanted to eat healthier, but didn't have the will power.
2) Career: No one in my family went to college. I had no guidance with school and no clue where I'd apply for work when finished. I was LOST. I'd have never guessed I'd drop out, work in marketing for 3 years, then work for myself successfully for 2 more years.
3) Thrift Core: At 17 I was maintaining different video game and anime websites and had no idea my first actual blog (rather than static website) would become my brand and income source.
4.) Weight Loss: By 17 I'd already consigned myself to the idea that I'd never lose weight and only gain it my whole life, as I had up to that point. I never guessed I'd lose over 20lbs someday and feel/look so much healthier overall 10 years OLDER!
5.) Self-Employment: I've always loved to draw and take photos but was told by authority figures and classmates to finish college and get a real job or I'd end up homeless living in a box or a stripper. (Really!) HA! THIS is my box!
The Future: I'd always wanted to write a magazine or book, but at 17 didn't know my ambitions would become much greater than that. They grow every day. I can't wait to make some weird-ass comedy videos with my roommate! The evolution from our goofy photos and overall weirdness (documented above.)
Like everyone from 17 to 27, I've made a hell out of a lot of mistakes. If I could go back I'd save even more, work harder on building up my future, refine goals and create/practice more. Yet mistakes and bad experiences build us up into what we are now. I was lost and thought I'd never find my path, now I'm self-assured and gunning for my beliefs every day. You might think your dreams for success will never pan out like I did, but never stop working toward it. Even when it seemed impossible I kept going and over time it paid off. I'm excited to keep evolving into the future! Keep at it every single day, and do exactly what you want to do! Come live in a box with me, it's awesome!
What would you tell your 10-years-younger self if you could go back? What mistakes would you avoid if you could go back knowing what you know now?