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‘Don’t Marry the Cowboy’ and Other Good Advice

We asked our Facebook followers what advice they’d like to give their 25-year-old selves. We nodded along as words of wisdom flowed like a river — and every now and then we let out a big laugh.

You don’t need someone to “save” you. — Janet Downes, 53

Sunscreen is your friend — not a tanning bed — and make sure to apply lotion to your neck, not just your face. — Leslie Forrest Butler, 50

Don’t rush to make decisions about life. And don’t judge a book by its cover. You may miss out of the best thing. — Lily Lottes, 55

Do not marry on the rebound. Solitude heals a broken heart. — Angela Meyer, 68

Give up sugar. Exercise. Laugh and know life gets even better. — Jo Anne Baird Headman, 70

Get a degree and career so that you can support yourself. — Kimberly DeChant Hasley, 48

The only person you need to complete you is you. Find your passion, dream your dreams, and chase them. You will wake up feeling fulfilled and accomplished without any regrets. — Tracy Otomi, 53

Try to be aware of when you are being idiotic. — Leigh Sibson, 57

Make the best of every day, every moment; you won’t get it again. — Glynda Jean Armstrong, 50

Be as kind to yourself as you are to everyone else. — Terri Crutchleo, 56

Life is a journey not a destination. Slow down and enjoy each moment. — Laurie Sheppard, 49

1. Take risks. 2. Enjoy that glowing skin and flexible body. — Marceline Sours Miller, 57

You are more than enough: You are a rockstar! Enjoy, play, experience, love, and be proud. — Allison Kephart Drapeau, 56

First, work at something you love doing. Second, start paying attention to how you care for yourself. Third, surround yourself with kind, caring, great people. Lastly, if unsure, then don’t marry him. — Roslyn Tanner Evans, 79

Just walk away. When a person shows you who they really are, believe them. Also, enjoy your fabulous body. Wear that bikini. Show off your legs in that mini. Be aware and grateful for good health, beauty, and youth. And be sure to take care of your teeth. — Wendy Cohan, 57

Don’t wait for that perfect moment when your hair, skin, and figure look amazing. You are amazing right now, exactly as you are. (Oh, and probably best not marry that guy.) — Joanne Young, 45

Stop eating sugar! And go ahead with the adoption. It’s the right thing! — Heather Jones, 47

You have PTSD. Get help now or it will damage you even more. — Debbie Sikes, 62

Keep your faith alive. No matter your religious affiliation. Faith leads to hope and hope leads to love and positivity. — Laurie Brown, 56

Swear to a life of adventure! Don’t get bogged down with ‘relationships. — Judy Biller, 68

Your mom was right: Be your authentic self. — Leah Shafer Glaser, 42

You are not responsible for anyone else’s happiness. Nor are they responsible for yours. — Trisha Smith Marshall, 47

Do NOT marry the cowboy. — Laurel Adams,  58

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