In honor of turning 56 this year, Cindy Crawford has revealed some essential advice she wishes she had for her younger self.
The day before her birthday, Feb. 20, Crawford shared a black-and-white photo of herself as a child sitting next to a birthday cake on Instagram. In the caption, the model reflected on her younger years, “looking at little Cindy and thinking about what [she] would tell him.
“I would tell her to be kinder to herself, to treat herself like she treats her friends,” she wrote. “I would tell him that everyone feels nervous in new situations and sometimes you just have to fake it until you make it. I would tell him not to be afraid to make a fool of himself – dance, sing, etc. – even if she’s not good at it.
She then encouraged her younger self to “laugh as much as possible” and “be vulnerable.”
“The risk of showing her true self to the people she loves – the payoff is worth it,” she continued. “Practice gratitude. Keep growing, learning and becoming… life is a blessing!
In the comments, some famous faces applauded her for sharing her words of wisdom and wished her a happy birthday.
“Wonderful ideas!” model Frederique van der Wal wrote. “The best thing to do is to keep growing and shedding those layers that we’ve imposed on ourselves.”
“Great advice for all ages,” model Christie Brinkley wrote. “Happy Birthday.”
Previously, Crawford opened up about aging. Talk to People in June, she opened up about what her skincare routine means to her based on her age.
“With skincare, my approach has been ‘age maintenance,'” she explained. “Gravity is still there and things will happen, but let me take care of my skin as best I can.”
The model also explained that at the time, she wasn’t as busy with her career as she had been in the past. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, nor is she afraid to retire when the time comes.
“One of the big things for me was slowing down and realizing that I’m okay,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been so busy for the past 30 years that I was like, ‘Oh my God, what am I going to do with myself?’ [Now] If I retire – not that I intend to – but that doesn’t scare me anymore. I know I’m okay with a less busy schedule and it’s liberating to know that.