Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)
(Author: Jenny Blake)
I had to organize this in my head a couple of times. Imagine 5 years into the future. So I’m 32. And I’m giving advice to my current self. 32 year old Marie talking to 27 year old Marie. Got it. Let’s do this.
Dude. You’re pregnant. Five years later and I’m still wondering what God was thinking.
I know what you’re wondering more than anything else in the world right now. Don’t worry. Otis only cries about his name 5 or 6 times a week now. It’s getting better. Promise. But if you want to push harder for the name Edison you go right ahead and do that. It’ll save you tons in child therapy.
I don’t have much advice to give you since, well, I don’t exist yet. And not to be morbid, but who really knows if you’ll make it to 32? Sorry. That was mean. Just chill. You’ll be fine.
Now for the bonus. 27 year old Marie writing a note to 17 year old Marie. Oh dear.
You’re not going to make it through the engineering program at Tech. But stick with it for as long as you can. Plenty of cute boys and you’ll love bragging about your minor in math. In your world it’s even more impressive than the master’s you’ll eventually get.
In a couple years The Guy You Used To Date (who is The Guy You Are Dating Right Now) is going to refuse to talk to you. You’re going to be sure your world is over and your heart will never stop aching. You’ll go back to him and as your future self I feel comfortable filing that in the “No harm, no foul” category. Most importantly, that tailspin you go through is when you get your first peek at your love of power dynamics in a relationship.
Your mom is right. About everything. Just listen to her. Please.
Oh, and those girls you call your best friends? Yep, you’ll still be just as in love with those ladies in 10 years as you are today. Consider yourself blessed.
Much love little one,