The Things ‘I Wish’ About Growing Up

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates


Despite Socrate’s existentialist view, there are a few things I wish I knew growing up. Kids growing up today forget how little knowledge my generation had access to. Luckily my parents could afford that maroon set of encyclopedia Brittanica. Without that I probably wouldn’t have known what a vagina was. Yes, I admit I probably spent a bit too much time studying that specific entry, in between trying to decipher images on scrambled movie-network showing a soft-porn movie. ‘Oh those were the days…’ (If you picked up on that reference, then you, too, probably wrestled with a scrambled channel or two).


I Wish
I wish I knew how precious it was to ‘go play’ after supper.
I wish I talked to my grandparents more.
I wish I didn’t stress over any relationship before the age of 30.
I wish I knew that heartbreak was a necessary experience.
I wish I never had feathered back hair, parted in the middle.
I wish I knew how to dress like it wasn’t the 80’s.
I wish I made out with that ‘chick’ in grade 7.
I wish I knew what a stoner was before I was 15 (would have been less embarrassing).
I wish I didn’t cram for university exams (quite) as much.
I wish I didn’t make myself sick stressing over university exams.
I wish I knew that life wasn’t all about winning.
I wish I treated my sister better and was easier on my brother.
I wish I wasn’t so self-conscious about my stuttering.
I wish I didn’t feel beneath anybody else.
I wish I allowed myself to explore my passions.
I wish I didn’t worry about my RRSPs when I was 16.
I wish I learned how to love without a chip on my shoulder.
I wish I wasn’t so concerned with what other people had.
I wish I knew that failure was necessary for growth.
I wish I appreciated every ‘healthy’ breath I took.
… but at the same time, I don’t wish things were any different.


These aren’t regrets. They made me who I am today. But sometimes I wish…


Image courtesy: Matteo Paganelli 

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Gary LeBlanc

Gary LeBlanc is recognized as an international thought leader in coaching individuals towards their purpose. Although Gary found success in the corporate world, his former career as a Vice President for a Fortune 500 company left him searching for his own purpose. When a close friend got diagnosed with cancer 8 years ago, Gary realized that health & wellness was more than just an interest, it was his passion. He has spent the better part of 20 years researching the latest diet, health, and fitness trends. As CEO of Ikkuma Inc., Gary is focused on living his purpose by helping people find their SuperHuman. A McGill University engineering and MBA graduate, Gary is also a certified coach practitioner, personal trainer, and most recently a published author, with his book titled ‘Ikkuma: Evolution of Vitality’. Follow Gary: @ikkumagary Gary LeBlanc Facebook Ikkuma

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