What would you say to your ​seven-​year​-​old self? Play more? Don’t yell so loud? How about ‘stay weird’… as one nine year old puts it.​ ​As we move through our lives, our many experiences, mistakes and accomplishments shape how we live in the world. Hindsight is an amazing thing, and the ability to look back and consider what we could have done is a bitter-sweet feeling, as there’s no reliving the past. We can, however, shape our future. As part of CBC Radio One’s farewell video from WireTap, people from all walks of life offer their sage advice to their younger selves. This light hearted, touching and insightful video is all about hindsight. ‘Dear 53 year old, it’s never too late to try something new’. ‘Dear 85 year old, indulge your sweet tooth.’ Want to know what advice a 93 year old would give? Take a look.


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  • Nishank Chandra

    True advise. "Just do you own thing"

  • Diana

    So much Truth! Loved it!

  • Barbara Whelton

    The calm presence in each speaker on life. Growing older is truly peaceful.

  • Trish

    The truth.........Be true to yourself..always. You will then be true to the world.

  • Lucille Hamilton

    I always get a bang out of what you have to say and the ways you have to say it! Go flourish and thrive. Lucille, 90

  • Dennis

    One of my art professors sent it to me...and he has always been inspiring...as for me - today is the youngest I will ever be.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    yes! Such great advice, every single one, well, except the babysitter one ;) Here's to taking risks: yes to racing lessons no matter age, yes to being who you are. fully! <3

  • E. Marie Francis

    We only have one life...be grateful and live life abundantly.

  • Melanie Davis

    This is the best video and message(s) I've seen in a very long time. Thoroughly enjoyed it! 62-year-old .... okay 62 and a half!

  • Leslee

    How hind sight is 20/20!

  • Linda

    That people are connecting with each other. That makes us all have richer, fuller lives.

  • Caroline

    Be you. When you can't change something, change the way you think about it.

  • Cathy

    Helped me not be so serious on a day during which I am experiencing anxiety over 'getting it right!!' Signed a 68y/o

  • Pete

    Not to take life so seriously! Lol

  • M Trichka

    Life is all about be yourself. God created each of us to be special. Happiness is an inside job and being you is happiness.

  • Joan

    Made me smile, and smile and smile

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  • Read letters that women from all walks of life have written to their younger selves.
  • Desiderata is one of the most beloved literary pieces of advice in poem form. Read an illustrated version here.
  • ​What would you say to your seven-year-old self? Share your answer in the comment section below the video.

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