Since its launch, Huff/Post50 has been interviewing artists, actors and writers. At the end of each conversation, we asked them what is one thing they know now that they wish they knew growing up. Their answers are gems of well-earned wisdom and intelligence. We've compiled a sampling of the Best of What I Know Now and encourage you to comment and/or let us know what's one thing that you know now that you wish you knew growing up. Send your reply with photo to and we'll add it to our slideshow.

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  • Diane Keaton, Actress, Author

    "It would be to embrace those moments when with your loved ones, especially your mother and father. It's much easier to avoid the intimacy but I think it's important to go there, to feel what it's like, to fish around. It's hard to engage in such deep, profound feelings that we have with the people who gave us life, no matter what we may think of them a lot of the time." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Bob Balaban, Actor

    "It's very, very simple: Everybody is in the same boat. People may look more polished and like they know what they're doing and have no trouble and everything's easy for them. But mostly everybody on the inside is going, 'oh my God, how will I get through this?' And when you know that, it's really a relief." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Shawn Colvin, Singer-Songwriter

    "I wish I had known that I wasn't alone with my fears and my neuroses and my feeling so different and unbalanced. I wish I had known there was name for it; that I was not alone and there was treatment." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Kathleen Turner, Actress

    "I'll tell you something: A whole bunch of us contributed to this book called <em>Dear Me</em>. It's a compilation of letters to your younger self. We were all asked to write letters to our 16-year-old self -- the money goes to support Doctors Without Borders -- and there's one theme that stands out in a lot of the letters: Don't let people tell you that you can't do something, because they don't know any more than you do. And I believe in that. Go with your gut. Don't let anybody tell you what you can't do." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Lionel Richie, Singer-Songwriter

    "I wish I would have understood what marriage was all about. We fall into love so easily because it is so innocent and so magical but the reality of it is so different. Marriage comes with a great deal of responsibility. A lot of compromise and work. If I knew then what I know now, as the expressions goes, I would've figured out a lot of things and that would have changed my whole life's course. But even though I wish I knew better, I wouldn't really change anything. " <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Kirstie Alley, Actress

    "That slips, particularly big red petticoats, don't look good on your head. It's better to grow and toss real hair, even if it is thick and wavy, Mom!" <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Jai Pausch, Author, Dream New Dreams

    "A wise friend once said happiness is more often obtained when our expectations are in line with and change with reality. I think we often operate under false hopes or we're thinking about how things were in the past. When we see life for how it really is around us and we adjust our behavior, decisions and wishes accordingly, there's a greater chance we will be pleased with how our lives are progressing." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Charlotte Rogan, Author, The Life Boat

    "One thing I know now is that self-confidence doesn't come into much. I was not a confident 20-something and I'm probably not a confident 50-something, but it frankly doesn't matter. You live life from the inside. Don't live life as if you're watching it. Also I'm very appreciative of the small things now. I'm very happy with small things. It might not sound right because I've just had this transformational experience, but even when I was just writing and not sure that anything would ever come of it, that was enough for me." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Kristin Scott Thomas, Actress

    "I think one of the things that I would like to be able to nail down in my brain -- and I'm sort of getting there now -- is that things don't always go wrong. I think a lot of people are just like that: prepared and braced for the worst, especially at the moment." <em>For the full interview click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • Kitty Pilgrim, News Anchor Turned Novelist

    "That you actually don't have to try so hard to <em>be</em> something. Everyone keeps saying 'What do you want to <em>be</em>?' You become that person by following your own strengths and interests." <em>For the full interview click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Susan Hess Logeais, Activist And Filmmaker

    "Self-acceptance and forgiveness." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Chip Coffey, Psychic

    "I know now that every second of every moment of every day is a gift and you should live your life accordingly. I've learned to always say 'thank you' and 'forgive me.' Those are the two most important things. Thank you for everything and forgive me for everything. That's how I live my life." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Edith Pearlman, Author, Binocular Vision

    "That there are as many ways to live life as there are people who live it." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Hilma Wolitzer, Author, An Available Man

    "One of the things I wish I'd known is that I'd have this much energy at my age into my 50s and 60s and 70s, and now into my 80s. I wish I'd known that I wouldn't feel so pressured. When I began writing novels in my 40s, I thought I had very little time and I had to hurry and do it fast because I had started so late. I used to refer to myself as the 'Great Middle-Aged Hope.' I wish I'd known that I'd have so much energy and inspiration. And wish I'd read more. Reading replenishes. I used to tell my students, don't write what you know. Find out what you know by writing. And this is really true."  <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Marilu Henner, Actress, Author

    "I definitely wish that I had known more about health and nutrition when I was growing up and my parents were alive. They died young, but even if I couldn't have saved their lives, I could have alleviated a lot of their pain. So much in my life changed after their deaths in terms of health and nutrition. There was no way I wanted their deaths to be in vain. After they passed, I became obsessed with learning everything I could about the human body, and I wanted to share it with everyone I knew. I'm a big believer in paying it forward. How can I not share information and the things that I've learned in my life, especially since I remember them anyway?" <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Deborah Copaken Kogan, Author, The Red Book 

    "I would say in general terms that it's not what you've achieved that counts; it's who you've become." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Ellen Burstyn, Actress

    "I think it would be how to handle power. I always shied away from power because I felt it was corrupting. When I had it I gave it away. I wish I had learned to handle it wisely instead of backing away from it." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Cloris Leachman, Actress

    "Well, it's so minor, but so many people don't have fun. Also, I know that there's no God. I am very convinced of that -- and very happy about it." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>. </em>

  • Rhonda Shear, Entrepreneur

    "I was painfully shy growing up. I wish I knew that I could have just been who I am now. Something happens at 55. There's a certain confidence you get that just comes with age." <em>For the full interview, click <a href="" target="_hplink">here</a>.</em>

  • Patricia Pryor Bonica, Huff/Post50 Reader

    "I thought that talent was luck and that bad things would never pass. I now know that "This too shall pass" which gives me great comfort and that no matter what you want to accomplish you can. Having the right tools and putting your mind and energy to the task you can reach places you never thought you could. I really picked up on this when I hit sixty and started singing, playing piano, expanding my career (became a life coach etc.) I create more of my self every day and never put limits on what I would like to do after all there are enough people out there trying to do that for you, prove them wrong. I am on the yellow brick road and off to see the wizard and finding out that I am that wizard."

  • Phil Keat, Huff/Post50 Reader

    "Growing up I wish I really understood that self-confidence is the primary trait that attracts people whether for getting a job or a date. It wins over looks and wit every time."

  • Amy Israel, Huff/Post50 Reader

    "There is no ONE right answer;" "Everything in Moderation: Even Moderation Itself"