Letter from my future self

Dec. 21—Reverb10—Future self. 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? (prompt author: Jenny Blake)

Dear TJ,

You are finally starting to listen to yourself—it’s about time! Keep listening to your heart and to your gut; they are always right. If you have trouble hearing them, find a quiet place for yourself for a day or two and open up that communication within again. Stop living your life trying to please everyone. You can’t and you won’t. Spend that energy on more productive things.

There are so many projects you talk about—photo books, a memoir, travels to give voice to writing about your grandmother’s story and your own. If you don’t take action now, you’ll lose momentum and motivation and wake up in five years wondering what you’ve been doing with your time. So stick with creating that life list. Also have one for yearly goals/projects. Look at it frequently to see what you’ve done and add more exciting things and places. Share those dreams and goals with others who will ask you about your progress and keep you accountable.

Make plans, don’t expect serendipity to guide your life in positive directions. Be purposeful, live with intent and honesty. Seek time with those who bring a smile to your face and lift your spirits. Let go of past hurts; dwelling in the past will not help you move forward into this wonderful life.

Eat your vegetables and keep running! You’re not getting any younger, but you can keep your body and mind young by taking care of them. You’ll have a few more laugh lines in five years, sure, but treasure those.

Tell those you love how much they mean to you every day, even when you’re not particularly happy with them. You’ve regretted not doing that before–learn from your mistakes.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew and remain a sane, happy person. Well, at least try not to. I know, you’re kind of stubborn, so sometimes you don’t listen very well.

I look forward to seeing how far you’ve come in five years. Enjoy the ride!

Your future self

 

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Author: TJ

adventurer, writer, photographer

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