60 Seconds: 3 Words to Your 18 Year Old Self

–Stories from Women Who Walk

Episode Summary

What 3 words would you say to your 18-year-old self?

Episode Notes

Hello, Greeley, Colorado! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.

My friend Gene in Greeley, Colorado wrote to me and said, My favorite niece, asked a question on Facebook: “What 3 words would you say to your 18-year-old self?”  Gene said his reply was: “Ha! Ha! Ha!”  I can just see that Kansas farm boy now! As in, “Just you wait! This is going to be the ride of a  lifetime!”

Let’s do this! 3 words. Maybe a phrase, maybe a question. The first thing that comes to mind: No think – just do!

Here’s mine: Travel widely often!

Question: What about you? What do you say to your 18-year-old self in 3 words? 


Diane F. Wyzga
Diane F. Wyzga
Remember the first time you rode a bike and took your hands off the handlebars? And then because it felt fun and daring you did it again - and again - riding down a hill with the wind in your face, arms up over your head screaming, “Look, ma! No hands!” You showed up. You did it. The arc of my professional career stretches from serving as a US Navy officer and nurse, corporate businesswoman, lawyer, platform storyteller, and professor before shifting into a solopreneur as a litigation consultant, wordsmith-er/editor, noted podcaster, and story consultant who was lucky enough to scuba dive the Continental Shelf, become a pilot, hike the Rocky Mountains with Outward Bound, kayak off the coast of Mexico, parachute out of a perfectly good plane, walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, and so much more. Over my lifetime I've been letting go of the handlebars but - just as often - having my fingers pried off when I’ve been most afraid. At some of the darkest moments in my life where the true way was wholly lost to me, a person or opportunity beckoned and I said "Yes!" That’s the place where the story changed. This is my life purpose: Helping women identify, sort out and transform unclear messages into confident, connection-making stories, and those stories into powerful sequels. How? 30 years of story work in courtrooms, boardrooms, universities, retreat settings and more has taught me that story principles are key to conscious connection. Together we distill hazy ideas into easily understood metaphors and direct emotional language using words with power, passion, and precision so your message, your story rings true and achieves desired outcomes. My media company has three interlocking components: Quarter Moon Story Arts: "Shaping stories into sequels." Stories From Women Who Walk (podcast): "Like magic, the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood." My Life As Compost (blog): "What matters in our life is not what happens to us but how we respond, transform the difficulty into advantage, and tell *that* story."

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    • I am not at all surprised that another question is making its way known, Charlotte! “One more question” are 3 words I would save for you.
      Meanwhile, trust the first words: “You got this!”
      The rest will follow.
      So much fun playing together in the great land of language ~ Diane

  1. Hi Diane
    If I am any indication -sharing wisdom with an eighteen year old ( esp-one in any way like me) might not have a high success ratio – I never would have listened

    Also -remenber the movie “The Graduate” – “Plastics” – even though the Dustin Hoffman character was 22 – and the advice wasn’t that helpful at that stage (no ChemE degree) he still had no hooks on which to hang the advice nor an easy mechanism to convert it to action or results.

    But to play anyway:
    Capability AND Connections -(things to build.)


    Practice focused improvement – a life orientation (18 is probably too late to start but better late than never)

    Still not sure I could get me to listen

    Thanks for the adventure

    • Hello, Alan ~

      You probably have a great deal of company in terms of listening. I, or one, can share it. Oftentimes it was a matter of trying it myself to see what happened next. Some good news. Some recovery time required.

      I like your spirit: “But to play anyway.”

      Wise words: “Capability AND Connections”. Networking, building, constructing, imagining, creating, and so on ….. I imagine your good words come from a treasure trove of lived experience.

      “Practice Focused Improvement” – a few more words & you have a valuable haiku.

      Whether or not someone could have gotten us to listen, somewhere along the line someone(s) did. And, added to our adventure.

      Happy to be walking the Buen Camino with you ~ Diane