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Good advice

What would you tell your 21-year-old self today?
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Set yourself a dream, then work hard to achieve it. Don’t let anyone say you can’t. Keep trying until you are successful.

Agnes DeFrancesco
(District 23 North York)

Have confidence in who you are and what you are able to do. Worry less about what other people think and do what you think is right. Always follow your heart.
Alison Sears
(District 20 Frontenac, Lennox & Addington)

Don’t be fooled by eloquent or powerful men or women. Listen to the heart of their words. Follow your instincts. Better one solid friend than a stadium filled with sometime friends. Be kind!

Allyson Marzo
(District 23 North York)

Don’t think you have to follow what everyone else does.

Elizabeth McLaughlin
(District 8 London, Middlesex)

Shut up and listen.

Andrew Turnbull
(District 39 Peel)

Objectively assess the positive and negative impacts your actions and choices have on the world, and strive for the most positive balance, given the importance and immense difficulty.

Brian Sutherland
Actively employed member

There are experiences and accomplishments you will have, most of them good and many you wouldn’t have imagined. Enjoy your life — it’s a wonderful gift.

Barbara Evers
(District 23 North York)

Trust your intuition and find a wise spiritual path to help guide you as an adult. Keep looking. Keep asking.

Brian Middleton
(District 47 Vancouver Island)

Remember to enjoy every stage of your life and not live toward retirement.

Johanna Gelling-Vandenbrand
(District 2 Thunder Bay)

Follow your passion and don’t be deterred by others!

Christine Bretherick
(District 31 Wellington)

Don’t sweat the small stuff. But first, stand back, take a minute and decide what the small stuff is.

Carol Plaus
(District 32 Prescott-Russell)

Realize you’re only young once and it goes fast. Be more open to new experiences. Don’t wait until you’re retired to get a dog.

Carolyn Gotay
(District 42 Mainland British Columbia)

Don’t be in a hurry to grow up. Live on your own at least once before you get into a serious relationship — it will make you more aware of who you are.

Carol Broer
(District 13 Hamilton-Wentworth, Haldimand)

Get a good education, work hard, and the doors of life will open to you.

Charlotte Jones
(District 42 Mainland British Columbia)

Keep a record of those people who have loved you and will love you into existence. Note well how their actions serve as guideposts as you make your way through life.

Don Deakin
(District 21 Renfrew)

Live in the present. Learn from the past, but don’t live there. Plan for the future, but don’t spend your time waiting for things to happen.

Karen Munro
(District 16 City of Toronto)

Look before you leap, but don’t overthink a problem.

Kay Baxter
(District 22 Etobicoke and York)

Give more credence to those who have more wisdom . . . meaning my parents.

Lindalee Roberts
(District 5 Cochrane, Temiskaming)

Take time to sit, think, evaluate, then act with conviction!

Mary-Lynn Woolcott
(District 49 The Prairies)

Trust yourself more than anyone else.

Mary Bailey
(District 7 Windsor-Essex)

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