Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Letter to my younger self

Dear 20-year-old self,

You don't know this yet, but your time to do all the things that you might ever want to do is very limited. Go do them now!

One day, you'll wish you had taken this time to explore the world. Go out and travel! I know that money is tight. Be more responsible with it. Make better decisions so that you can go on amazing trips. Don't settle for Myrtle Beach when Paris is waiting for you. Would you rather go out and spend your money on food and drinks on the weekend or save it and go ziplining in Costa Rica? Just stop wasting your money on stupid stuff that you'll never remember the way that you would remember a tour of Istanbul.

You'll tell me that you don't have anyone to travel with. Go anyway! You're so outgoing that you'll make friends. Find a tour group. Just go. You're going to have plenty of time to sit around and wish you had done  more. Just go have fun. If you go out on your own, you won't have to worry about someone else's timetable. You'll be able to do whatever you want, when you want. Nobody will judge you. They will be envious that you had the courage to do it and wish that they were able to.

Julie, don't be so scared. Your life is going to change in ways that you can't even begin to imagine. Take these next three years and find excitement and joy. Step outside of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself to do things that scare you. 

When you start feeling those first pains of arthritis, please know that your life isn't over. The pain will be hard to get through, but you'll still have a really good life and you'll create happy memories.

Always remember to take advantage of your good days and have as much fun as you can.


What would you say to your younger self?

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