It’s me. Any by “me” I mean “you”.
I’m like 10 years older than you are when you’re reading this but WOW we’ve been through so much together. I just thought that maybe I could save you some trouble and catch you up to speed. There’s so much I know now and just figured you should know it, too.
First, you’re gonna get there. It’s going to happen. I can’t tell you when - NO SPOILERS - but just you wait. Stay patient and you’ll get there.
While we’re at it - you don’t have to go down any path but your own. Do whatever makes you happy, even if you don’t think any of it fits together. Turns out the thing that makes it fit together is because it’s all part of you.
When it comes to the things that really matter, don’t be cheap. Put your money where your mouth is. Invest in yourself every chance you get.
Also, here’s a few pieces of obvious advice:
If you think about someone, let them know.
If someone does something nice for you, send them a handwritten note. (You’re going to buy a typewriter in your 30’s and start typing those notes. It’s a long story…)
If someone inspires you, reach out. If someone reaches out to you, go above and beyond.
If something goes wrong, take responsibility. And, if something goes well, be sure to credit the people who made it happen.
Look around right now and take it all in. You’ll never be exactly who you are at this very moment, so make it count.
There’s going to be loss and pain and heartbreak and disappointment. People you love are going to let you down and strangers are going to make your day.
Life is one complex, beautiful, gut wrenching thing - but don’t shy away from it. Get in there and experience every ounce of it. Don’t look away and always keep coming back for more.
Waiting behind every “no” is a big, fat “YES”. Every devastating experience will yield more happiness than you could possibly imagine. But you can’t have one without the other.
I’ve said too much. Just keep doing what you’re doing. It’s all going to be fine.
Oh, one last thing. Your keys fell behind the desk and got pinned against the wall. Don’t forget I told you that. It’ll save you a couple hours of searching and keep you from losing your shit.
See you soon.
Photo: Trainman Photography