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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8 months ago

Yes. Great advice.

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Norah
Community Member
8 months ago

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

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
8 months ago

only because you are born into that grace - learn to defend it and do not destroy it inviting unconsciousness - our social system is born on intelligence and insight and not a ressource for everybody

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Sharon Hyatt
Community Member
8 months ago

No Trump biggest advantage !

Brant Johns
Community Member
7 months ago

it's the political system that more than welcomes him as a candidate, as well as the people who vote for him, that are the issue. not the individual himself. he's just one person.

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WILLIAM FAULK
Community Member
8 months ago

Heck, Germany is where a lot of people should go! but i want to go there for the Autobahn, and cheap E36 M3's.

Nicholaa
Community Member
8 months ago

So true, the benefits and social nets are very good compared to other countries.

Vic
Community Member
8 months ago

Mine would be: Eat more cake! 😁😁

GeoSushi
Community Member
8 months ago

:)

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
6 months ago

Well, can't you still go back there...assuming that you haven't already!

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
8 months ago

Why not go now?

Toni Palmer
Community Member
8 months ago

All for 54% income tax!

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
8 months ago

I agree with this statement. You can replace "Germany" with Switzerland, Denmark, Netherlands and a few others. Look up "Happiest Countries in the World."

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
8 months ago

All these countries are from the same tribes - germanic. The now-adays-countries are the result of politics

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Scar ️
Community Member
8 months ago

My family’s so done with Trump, my mom said we’re moving to Germany if he gets elected again.

Buzz Covington
Community Member
8 months ago

Well, heck... I will buy your ticket!

Ojberretta Berretta
Community Member
8 months ago

must be aupper class person....the lower classes are struggling in germany and dont want more immigrants,violence and crime on the rise tensions between germans immigrants and refugees too...

Christina Eneroth (Eneroth3)
Community Member
8 months ago

All but the family applies to any first world country

Rage Racer
Community Member
8 months ago

Bye! As a Military member that has lived in Germany over 12 years, I LOVE to visit (omg the food) but I miss freedom to modify my car without TUV inspections and I miss my guns!.

Rage Racer
Community Member
8 months ago

bye

Χρηστος Λεο
Community Member
8 months ago

Germans will treat you like s**t. If you don't have a problem with that, yeah you can go to live there. If you think America has problems with racism, you haven't met a German.

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
8 months ago

wow - you met your own reflection - racism is not any problem here in Germany

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Susan Miller
Community Member
8 months ago

I could never live in a country that killed 6 million people...

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
8 months ago

Well in Germany we suffered enough from people coming to us and exploiting us - we lack fatherhood to the same extent like other "modern" countries. We are much more honest, more humble and much less egotistic than most other western nations due to history and I do not like the social system of my country seen as a ressource to be exploited. We do not have many awake people and I do not like to see people from the USA here who are so simple-minded not to see the whole field around the american president - it is so very unconscious that it would be too much for my nation. Trump is egocentric to an extreme extent but he has a heart and he is not a monster like the american modern feminist and suppressive society we see from the outside - things are upside down in the USA to an extent that people misinterpret reality automatically. We do definitely not need more of those egos coming to our country.

Ottmar Straub
Community Member
8 months ago

oh man - we suffer enough from all the children coming to us - we are the most honest, most humble and least hipocrit people in the world (at least the industrialized "first-world-countries" and we suffered enough from the projections onto us - I do not like to have all the greedy people here - they are such a burden - our social system is breaking apart cause we have nobody who can protect us - people protecting us are defamed as Nazi - our social system is a ressource to be exploited - the German worker is such a beautiful thing for the world living surrender to an extent which makes him a victim of unconsciousness - we need fathers who are awake - there are none - worldwide

Rickster
Community Member
8 months ago

In other words be a bum and suck off the system, and don’t contribute.

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
8 months ago

Pay yourself first.

Anne Mitchell
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8 months ago

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Only if you are a European citizen.

Ian Taggart
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8 months ago

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Stay In America: Good food, English language, better wildlife, no history of housing the evilest group ever known.

SBW71
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8 months ago

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Wrong on all

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Awkward Manatee
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8 months 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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8 months ago

Never too soon or too late to quit

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
Community Member
8 months ago

This one makes me sad.

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Zophra
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Pay your share.

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#8

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citi cat
Community Member
8 months ago

👍🏼x 100!

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#9

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Zara VP
Community Member
8 months ago

Best one yet!

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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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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago

Sage advice. Believe it.

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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago

They are the joy of my life.

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Eepe
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Yes avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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#14

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Awkward Manatee
Community Member
8 months ago

love this!

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Clara Knaub
Community Member
8 months ago

Good one.

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Lara Löwenherz
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8 months ago (edited)

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

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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago

Live an informed life.

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Zara VP
Community Member
8 months ago

Damn Karl

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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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Karynne Williams
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh Al.....

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#22

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Night Owl
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

That seems plausible and would probably happen to me too

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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago

Do it now!

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Blarrg
Community Member
8 months 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
Community Member
8 months ago

I wish I could

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ArhomR
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

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

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Awkward Manatee
Community Member
8 months ago

Okay *aggressively puts on sunscreen*

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Ben Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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Yvonne Blau
Community Member
8 months ago

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

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