I was looking at topics to write about today and one of them that came up was, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?” It got me thinking about those letters we were assigned to write ourselves Freshmen year in high school to our future Senior self. We were bright eyed teenagers thinking we could do everything and when Senior year came around, we had to think about the real world. And nothing prepared us for that. And that letter you wrote didn’t all come true.
Which takes me to the present, 10 years after graduating, still navigating the real world unprepared. But I have hope that my future self will be okay. I have fears, but I have hope. So here’s my letter to you, future self.
It’s been quite a long ten years. You’re almost forty. I’m cringing just thinking about it. But I bet you’re having the all too familiar quarter life crisis you had in your late 20s.
Don’t raise your eyebrows at me. You know exactly what I’m talking about. It probably isn’t as bad as it was 10 years ago, but you have your fears. I mean, come on, you used to be worried about what you were doing in your life. You didn’t know what you wanted to do. You were unsure about your career, your finances, your relationships, and just life in general.
You thought everyone else around you had their lives together and you were the only one who didn’t. But you slowly started to realize that there are a lot of people that felt that way. And you also started to realize that you had it a lot better than others. The world doesn’t revolve around just you even though you like to joke that it does. But you’re a Leo, so the world does revolve around you. Ha
But all jokes aside, you’re going to be okay. You’re doing great. I’d like to think that at this point, you’ve decided what you want as a career. Maybe your secret dream of becoming an …. has finally come true. But if it hasn’t it’s okay. You’ve learned so many things over these past years. Knowledge is power right? I just want to remind you to do something that makes you happy.
At this point, you’ve found someone that makes you happy as well. A guy that makes you see that relationships aren’t that scary. And if he’s the one he’s someone who makes you feel loved every day. That’s all a girl could hope for. And from your love, came a bundle of joy (or maybe two babies) that you love unconditionally. Ugh, you’re always such a hopeless romantic, don’t you ever stop being that way. But even if all the above isn’t true and you’re still single AF, you’re probably never gonna find someone 😂 Just kidding!
After that last sentence, I bet you think this letter went in a completely different direction. I’m just here to make you laugh, really. I’m here to remind you that life’s too short to take everything so seriously.
I’m here to remind you that you’re okay. You’ve got reasons to be happy and reasons to keep going. You’ve got family and friends, so try not to push people away. You’re too old to keep doin’ that shit.
Ew, you’re getting old. I seriously cannot right now.
P.S. I hope you’re still a TV/Pop Culture junkie. That’s the only thing you’re ever confident about. It gives you life and makes you smile. Also, keep writing for yourself.
What would you remind your older self?
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