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Though the #5YearOldSelfie challenge isn’t the first one to encourage people to give advice to their younger selves (in an attempt to help those still struggling), it is the most recent one to go viral.
UK-based mental health organization Young Minds initiated the challenge and hashtag. Their mission statement is to “make sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life’s challenges.”
To participate, Twitter users tweeted pictures of their younger self along with 3 pieces of advice you’d have for that girl or boy, then tag three friends who you hope will add their own advice.
Take part in #5YearOldSelfie!
1) Find a photo of your younger self
2) Write 3 things you’d tell that child
3) Use #5YearOldSelfie
4) Tag 3 friends to help spread the love
— YoungMinds (@YoungMindsUK) August 8, 2019
The advice runs the gamut, but none of it is bad – below are 12 tweets that are bound to make you feel great about how far you’ve come (or to know that you’re going to be okay, and that it gets better).
12. Keep smiling.
1) Your smile lights up any room
2) If you pursue what you think others would want you to do, you’re wasting your own time and happiness… stick to what you think is best for YOU
3) Never stop being a goofball 🧡 pic.twitter.com/9VeKpxy5Kj
— kiarra mora (@KiarraaKiarra) August 9, 2019
11. Things are about to change.
Things are about to change drastically, brace yourself, but you’ll get through it.
Be brave, and be alert.
Don’t let those bullies closest to you steal your shine: be you!
— AlternativeHues (@AlternativeHues) August 9, 2019
10. Don’t give away your toys.
1.) Be, unapologetically, YOU. Do what makes you happy. Create!
2.) Hang on to your cool toys so you don't have to re-buy them (for way more) on eBay as an adult
— Kaci | TheHomicidalHomemaker.com (@HomicidalKaci) August 9, 2019
9. You might be right.
1, You are right the system is wrong.
2, You are right no one else knows religion correctly.
3, You are wrong, everyone else is as equally lost.
I was right all along.
— Ben Rawlings (@BenRawlings16) August 9, 2019
8. Be brave.
The guy holding you will never let go.
This feeling does pass and things do get better.
— Doug Leddin (@dougleddin) August 10, 2019
7. You are loved.
3 Things I would say to my 5 year old self.
1) Tell somebody.
2) It’s not your fault.
3) You are loved beyond measure.
— Tracie (@TracieSeattle) August 8, 2019
6. Start drumming.
1.) Start drumming don't wait till you're 9 and choose more instruments to learn. 2.)Go to college before the Marines. 3.) Invest in that one stock we now know about! #5YearOldSelfie #Producer pic.twitter.com/yUrZpr8dNr
— CourtHouse Productions (@CourtHouseProd1) August 8, 2019
5. Life is waiting.
1. Don’t let all the bullies get you down
2. Be yourself and don’t care what anyone else thinks
3. Don’t be sad about not having friends, you’ll make all your friends in college and the real world.#5YearOldSelfie pic.twitter.com/fRwGNHkj40
— Chuck Bucknus (@PecosMcCleod) August 8, 2019
4. You matter.
— 🦄 Clumsy Unicorn 🦄 (@ClumsyUnicorn87) August 9, 2019
3. Don’t fight with your mom.
1. Don't care too much what people think. Live for yourself.
2. Tell others how you feel, don't keep it all inside because it won't help.
3. Don't fight with your mom, love her because you'll need those moments to look back on. pic.twitter.com/94V6o3KLzK
— ☁ ☁ ☁ (@Fall_Vapor_KnJ) August 8, 2019
2. Stay weird.
This is brilliant 💡💜
— Joanne Ocean Esq. 🎩🦁🧐 #PeoplesVote (@JoanneOcean) August 9, 2019
1. It gets better.
1) I’m sorry you’re so sad.
2) Life gets better.
3) You’re gonna be fine.
BONUS) See a therapist. It’s cool. pic.twitter.com/BQNfyn82ga
— AE Stueve (@AEStueve) August 8, 2019
Play along! Post yours in the comments!