This article appeared originally on MindBodyGreen.
By Amber Valletta
Next month I’ll turn 40, which is exciting and intimidating. I'm excited because I feel power from building my inner self. I'm intimidated because part of getting older means letting go. Letting go of youth, letting go of loved ones who pass on because that's what happens as we age, and letting go of old habits that no longer serve me (but are comforting in some distorted way).
Nearing this milestone has made me think about what I want the next 40 years of my life to look like, and what I’ve learned in getting to this place. Knowing what I do now, here's what I'd say to my 20 something self.
1. There are no regrets, just lessons.
Everything and everyone you’ll experience—good or bad, fair or unfair, trivial or meaningful—will be a teacher. Someday you'll realize that your unique challenges are common threads in the fabric of life. Every human being experiences situations or traumas that may be played out by different people, but the feelings will be universal.