I grabbed Oprah’s magazine off the newsstand this month and got caught up in the article where she asked herself and other prominent women what advice they would give to their younger selves. I was particularly struck by EPA administrators Lisa P. Jackson’s advice to her 25 year old self, she said
“Cherish women. Lift them up and empower them. Not all women are worth the effort, but on average, humanity does well when women do well.”
I think mine would be something like: It is ok to shine. You are smarter and braver than you believe.
What advice would you give your younger self?
This is a picture of my mom at Hermosa Beach as a young girl. I am always struck how in my mother’s childhood photos seem so full of life and boldness. When I look at mine, from little on, I am usually shyly tucked behind someone’s else. I am finding my way though now more than ever. It is an exciting time for me now. I think it is a bit bittersweet to give your younger self advice.