It would probably be fair enough to assume that every single one of us sometimes dreams about traveling a few years (or a few decades) back in time. Some of us would like to go back and change a few things here and there, some would like to experience the best moments of their lives once again, and some, well, some people would simply love to go back to when life felt easier. The list goes on and on. Though despite the reasons behind it, the idea of time travel and being able to change your past itself is an interesting and tempting concept. But here's a thing—what if you could go back in time and meet a younger version of yourself? What would you like to do then?

Let's take a moment to explore this kind of scenario. Recently, Twitter user A_l_a_n__G shared a post asking others what are the 3 words they would tell their 18-year-old self through time travel.

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Yes. Great advice.

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Norah
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1 month ago

Willkommen! It's not too bad here, indeed :D

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Awkward Manatee
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1 month ago

good move

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Many of the most popular responses included people advising their younger selves to buy Amazon, Apple, or Microsoft stocks. "I wanted to buy $4000 of Amazon stock very early on. Husband said I was nuts and badgered me, so I didn't. Instead, we put it with the money we had saved for the down payment on a bigger house. Still kicking myself. I knew I was smarter than him," someone commented. "Imagine your future self says 'invest in Apple.' But you don’t know that is. So you pour money into orchards and become the biggest apple (small “a”) magnate in the world," another user added.

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

Never too soon or too late to quit

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
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1 month ago

This one makes me sad.

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Zophra
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1 month ago

Congratulation and I wish you a wonderful future.

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Also, apparently, many people would advise themselves to marry or not to marry a certain person. For instance, one user shared that their 3 words would be "marry that girl." Someone commented on this tweet by saying this: "Can you find her? Is she legally available? At 77, my uncle found his high school sweetheart on FB. Both sides had spouses dead over 5 years. They are having the BEST time! SO happy! Live 1000 miles apart, so airplane and visit. Look her up!!!"

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Pay your share.

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#8

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citi cat
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1 month ago

👍🏼x 100!

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Sage advice. Believe it.

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One user shared that they'd rather say nothing and give their younger self a hug instead. "I’d give her a big hug because she wasn’t getting many at home and she’d been through a lot of crap in those short 18 years," the user wrote. "Never too late to be kind to yourself. I hope there are many warm, safe hugs in your life now," another user replied.

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Zara VP
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1 month ago

Best one yet!

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#11

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ArhomR
Community Member
1 month ago

They are the joy of my life.

Red Hair Blue Soul
Community Member
1 month ago

But they are not ideal for everyone

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Kookamunga
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1 month ago

Never wanted kids, never had kids, never regretted it. It's not for everyone. And your life can be just as full without them.

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
1 month ago

Ouch to the kids you had

Tiari
Community Member
1 month ago

I think its completely possible to love your children with all your heart but still wish you didn't have them.

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Luca Giordano
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1 month ago

Remember that is this comment is not about you and you proclaiming your love of parenthood. So don't judge her. She probably agrees that she is not the best mom in the world but she found out too late in life. I think her honestly, to herself and in this comment, is brave.

Collin Klamper
Community Member
3 weeks ago

How is this even a conversation? If she had kids at all, then this is a messed up thing to say. Even if she's acknowledging her weakness, she's doing this by saying that her children, human beings who exist in this world, should have never been born. There's nothing brave or commendable in that, it's messed up and shamefully self-centered. ...none of which is surprising when you look at her "I live on a diet of lemons and unripe prunes" face.

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Danielle Renee
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1 month ago

i took my own advise on that one and didn't have kids. still good with that choice.

Dale-Harriet Rogovich
Community Member
1 month ago

One of the "advances" I've been glad to see: it's no longer socially negative for a young girl - or a young couple - to decide they don't want to have children. When I was young, to make such a statement would have brought your world down on you: parents, grandparents, even your doctor.

Stille20
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1 month ago

I agree... except, as an unmarried woman in my late 30s, I am amazed at how many people talk about me having kids.

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jamie1707
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1 month ago

Some people should not be parents.

Luca Giordano
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1 month ago

That is the whole point. She agrees. But found out too late in life.

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Mimi M
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1 month ago

For a lot of people, when they get older, their kids become the stable friends in their life. Not like 'go out bowling every Tuesday', but 'someone I talk to that cares about me and I care about them'.

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

Ahhh... I have thought this once or twice...any day now she'll clean her room without being threatened with not breathing.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

None of us knows why she says this. It may have turned out that she carries a gene which makes her children die after a short and painful childhood. Maybe her children joined a gang and were killed or became murderers. Why take for granted that she is either a bad mom or a nasty person? We all have this idea of The Perfect Happy Family in our heads - and you know what, life doesn't come giftwrapped and perfect to a lot of people around us.

Kookamunga
Community Member
1 month ago

How does everyone know she has children? All she said is "don't have children". Maybe she witnessed someone else's bad experience.

Rachel
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel that it is implied. Why would you go back in time to tell yourself that if you already don't have kids?

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Jen A-Ben
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1 month ago

I feel bad for her kids.

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

This one is really sad... unless she put them up for adoption, otherwise what if their kids saw?

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

If her kids caused her emotional pain to the point that she wishes she didn't have them, they're probably horrible people who don't give a crap what their mother says here.

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 month ago

Say that you wished not to have children does not make you a bad mother. It's a case of " if I knew what I know today".

Stille20
Community Member
1 month ago

Yikes... I mean often it's not the right time in your life or not the right spouse to have kids with. Kids are a lot of work, but it's more that the situation was not right or you don't have the temperament. It's not the kids specifically.

manon M
Community Member
1 month ago

oh yes dont have children

Timmy
Community Member
1 month ago

This is what Donald Trump's mother would say to herself.

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I love my kids. That's the only happiness he ever gave me

Jenny King
Community Member
1 month ago

It would have been better for them if I hadn't.

Leisa K
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow..... Are your kids really that horrible? This seems extremely cold to me.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

Never had 'em, and don't envy what I see people going through with them now.

Susan Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

I didn't and don't regret it one bit. I was able to parent my step kids and they turned out great!

Mickie Shea
Community Member
1 month ago

Glad Mom was not listening, yet . . .

Toni Palmer
Community Member
1 month ago

Good ONE!

Cindy Goode
Community Member
1 month ago

It's sad to me that someone would feel so bad about having their children.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
1 month ago

I wanted a hysterectomy at 18 due to both pain and the desire to not have children. At 44 and three kids later I finally had it best thing I ever did. And one of the three kids is alright...

Maripat Webber
Community Member
1 month ago

I hope her children never see this.

Rachel
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1 month ago

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Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

This is sad.

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
1 month ago

wtf thats a terrible thing to say

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel horrible for her children. Imagine your mom announcing on Twitter that she wishes you weren’t alive. This is terrible.

KT
Community Member
1 month ago

Agreed. A truly nasty thing to say that could damage the relationship.

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Yvonne Blau
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow this is really bitter... for her if she really feels having children has ruined her life... and for the children that are not wanted. :(

Coat Guy
Community Member
1 month ago

also would be 4 words if she didn't f up the grammar

WildBerry
Community Member
1 month ago

don't = one word, the contraction of 'do' and 'not'. Don't have children = 3 words, not 4.

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Collin Klamper
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1 month ago

She's a charmer, thanks mom.

ArhomR
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1 month ago

Colin Klamper, I trued to upvote your comment but it shows a negative.

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Χρηστος Λεο
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1 month ago

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sadly your children are doomed to have you as their mother.

boredpanDaman
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what a terrible moma! (and, don't you dare downvoting me!)

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Eepe
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1 month ago

Good advice. I thought putting others first... being taken advantage of... one day someone would do the same for me. Obviously I’m no where near perfect and made plenty of mistakes... but it turns out i should have lived my life the way i wanted to and not let ANYONE get in my way, because no one else gives a s**t. There’s a lot more to unpack on that general statement... but she’s right about ‘like yourself first’ in soo many ways.

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The original post by A_l_a_n__G has since gone viral and it currently has over 20k likes, almost 18k quote tweets, and over 2.5k retweets. What would your response be after hearing this question? Let us know down in the comments!

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Noble
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1 month ago

Yes avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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#14

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Awkward Manatee
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1 month ago

love this!

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Clara Knaub
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1 month ago

Good one.

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Lara Löwenherz
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1 month ago (edited)

I would say the same thing. And if 4 words were allowed i would ad a"now"

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Joseph Kony
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1 month ago

Don’t do drugs

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Zara VP
Community Member
1 month ago

Damn Karl

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Move to Canada, eh. Four words but worth the extra.

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Karynne Williams
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1 month ago

I know I could have used this advice in my 20's. I know it now, 30 years later.

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

Oh Al.....

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#22

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Night Owl
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1 month ago (edited)

Panic never helps anything or anybody (except sometimes in serious life and death situations, like the instinct to run out of a burning building)

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Night Owl
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1 month ago

That seems plausible and would probably happen to me too

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ArhomR
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1 month ago

Do it now!

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Blarrg
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1 month ago

I remember chatting with my brother who was into tech. He was saying that Apple stock was very, very cheap. He said they were about to introduce a new product that would store and play digital music. The iPod. He said if it took off, which it might, it would go big. If it failed, it would probably be the end of Apple. He said if I had a grand to invest, it would be a good gamble. Neither of us had a grand we thought we could risk at the time...

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Carole Deem
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1 month ago

I wish I could

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#27

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ArhomR
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1 month ago (edited)

“Thou shalt not covid thy neighbour’s life. Wear a mask.”

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Awkward Manatee
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1 month ago

Okay *aggressively puts on sunscreen*

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Ben Smith
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1 month ago

If you’re going to try, fine. But start with half!

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Yvonne Blau
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1 month ago

Why, it's cold and rainy. Haha no, I love Scotland.

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