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02/17/2016 05:36 EST | Updated 02/18/2016 03:59 EST

The Advice Notable Canadians Would Give Their 10-Year-Old Selves

"I would tell myself: It hurts that they keep making fun of my looks and my voice, but it's OK, because I love me."

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It's not always easy being a kid. So many things can make us feel insecure, or have us stray from who we really are. Maybe it's the parent who tells you boys shouldn't wear skirts, the dance teacher who says you don't have the body to be a ballerina, or the kids at school who make fun of your skin colour, your height, your weight, your curly hair, your straight hair.

As adults, we know that things do get better. Eventually, you grow to be comfortable in your own skin and embrace who you really are. But as a young child facing bullies, insecurities and assumptions about what's acceptable or not, sometimes it can be hard to see past it all.

We asked some notable Canadians to share the advice they would give their younger selves. From embracing an eccentric sense of style to being comfortable in one's own skin, read on for their inspirational words.

How would you guide a younger you if you could go back in time? Let us know in the comments below.

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