If you could go back in time, to when you were 10 years old what would you tell yourself?
If I was able to go back in time to when I was the age of 10, there would be many things I would tell myself, to prepare me for the future. However, to be honest, I’m not sure my 10-year-old self would listen to me.
The first thing I would tell myself would be to focus on school. When I was 10 years old, I went to a school called Selkirk Montessori. At the time I was in grade 4. I remember myself as being kind, active and talkative back then. But I didn’t take school so seriously. Which is why I didn’t do so well in school. That is why I would tell myself to work harder in class because hard work does pay off. In my belief, you can do anything if you work hard to achieve it. Telling myself this in Grade 4 would have probably helped me to develop my skills as a learner and get better grades in the process. Making both my parents and my teachers proud of me. Nowaday’s, I feel joy when I make my parents proud of me for doing good in school. I just feel that if I was to have taken school more seriously when I was younger, then I would have felt more joy often…
The second thing I would tell myself would be to read more often. In my old school, we would get chances to go to the library with the class and have silent reading time. I enjoyed going to the library when I was younger because it was a quiet and comfortable place outside of the classroom. Where I could relax and read whatever I wanted. I liked reading comic books, books about dinosaurs and short storybooks. Every moment I spent in my old school’s library I enjoyed. Within the last five minutes we had inside the library, we were allowed to pick out a book we wanted to read at home. Of course, I would pick a book that seemed easy enough to read that had lots of pictures. While some of my other friends were picking out chapter books like Harry Potter. I don’t know why, but I never challenged myself when I was younger to read chapter books. Reading is important for helping you to develop your skills in writing, creative thinking and so much more! This is what I would tell myself in grade 4 to get me to read more often. Nowadays, I don’t have so much free time compared to my earlier years as a student. In the free time I had when I was younger, instead of talking with my friends, I could have been reading a book and improving my English skills in the process. The thing is, I still like reading books that have pictures, but I now prefer chapter books over other types of books.
The third and final thing I would tell myself would be to spend more time with the people I care about. Thinking about people I care about I would say, my friends, my teachers and my family. A lot of my friends from my old school I have not seen in a while. Time sure does go by fast. This is why spending as much time with those you love is important for you to build life long connections with them. I would tell my 10-year-old self that life isn’t just fun and games. It’s more than that. I have only started to understand that now, and I wish I could have grasped that in the earlier stages of my life. Now, I may not get the chance to see people I genuinely care about for a long time. I will only regret this mistake in my life. A mistake that may or may not ever be satisfied.