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The Best Advice We'd Give Our Younger Selves -- In 3 Words

02/14/2014 07:03 am ET | Updated Feb 17, 2014
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A few months ago, DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider revealed what she'd tell her younger self. "Get a hobby. Maintain your friendships. Hang out with other people," she said. A few years ago, Oprah Winfrey also published a letter to her 19-year-old self. "You've spent too many days and years trying to please others and be what they wanted you to be," she wrote. "You will have to learn that the wounds of your past -- rape, molestation, whippings for 'stepping out of place,' and not being allowed to show anger or cry afterward -- damaged your self-esteem."

With the benefit of hindsight, there are many things post 50s would tell their younger selves. Blogger Linda Wolff said she'd tell her not to worry about what other people think because it's a waste of time and energy. But what if you only had three words to use? Then, what kind of message would you want to convey? We asked our Facebook fans to give us some answers -- and they didn't disappoint.

Take a look at the responses below and please feel free to add your own thoughts in comments.

1) "Believe in yourself," said Gary Tanner.

2) "Trust your soul," said Antona Brent Smith.

3) "Look for joy," said Jackie Lamothe.

4) "Do your best," said Edgar Martinez.

5) "Study, exercise, save," said Christiane S. Harrison.

6) "You are perfect (as you are)," said Carmen Quall.

7) "Save more money," said Carol Miletti.

8) "Trust your intuition," said Dana Vermeersch.

9) "Love only yourself," said Francine Billotti.

10) "Pull out quicker," said Gary Green.

11) "Be fearless -- LIVE!" said Kathy Doane.

12) "Make it happen," said Jackie CJ Carter.

13) "Only seek freedom," said Desirée del Carpio.

14) "Take a breath," said Jean Dedeke Gill.

15) "Relax a little," said Deb Dunbar.

16) "Get a life," said Rich Miller.

17) "Live life fully," said Judith Kalenich Brinkman.

18) "Don't waste time," said Kathylynn Saboda.

19) "Don't marry him," said Sandhi Schimmel Gold.

20) "Stay in Europe," said Marta Bell.

21) "Finish college, exercise," said Marie Koffman.

22) "Wear a condom," said Sean O'Daniel.

23) "Do not smoke," said Lynda Stone Zimmerman.

24) "Put away money," said Charlene Rotenberg Mandelbaum.

25) "Don't give up," said Earl Graves.

26) "Get more education," said Kathy Bevan.

27) "You deserve happiness," said Sheila Greene.

28) "Predestination = Marriage (No)," said Jane Thompson.

29) "Think it over," said Linda Jeanne Bosh-Watkins.

30) "Spend less money," said Maria Regina Encarnação.

31) "Maintain decent weight," said Anna Cornwall.

32) "You know better," said Jamie Wieloch Greco.

33) "Avoid office work," said Vincent Aurelius.

34) "Go for it!" said Peggy Barrett.

35) "Know Jesus Christ," said Theresa Reed.

36) "Travel the world," said Lisa A. Sharples.

37) "Don't chase boys," said Lisa Goich Andreadis.

38) "Work later, travel," said Lee Laurino.

39) "Avoid that family," said Marie Blair.

Earlier on HuffPost50:

What Would You Say To Your 20-Year-Old Self?
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