I’ve often thought about the advice I would have given myself 10 years ago had I known then what I do now. Since wisdom is usually gained over the course of time, it’s easy to write a letter saying “this is what you should have known”. Let’s switch gears and put this in reverse. I’m going to attempt to write a letter from my future self to the person I am right now. Maybe I’ll gain a little insight, and hopefully a little perspective too.
Dear 24-Year-Old Me,
It’s been a crazy 30 years. You are familiar with only 24 of these, but don’t worry – you’ll experience the next 6 at a rather enjoyable pace. So far you’re probably thinking that your life is all about making decisions. And you know what? You’re absolutely right. You graduated from college and made one of the biggest decisions of your life: to move to an entirely different state where you know no one. To start over. To get a fresh perspective. To begin your adult life the way you wanted to. I hope you realize now that this was the best decision you’ve ever made for yourself thus far. But don’t be fooled – there are many more great decisions to come.
You may be at a point now where you’re starting to wonder, “What’s next?” You may have an opportunity present itself which makes you feel overly excited and anxious. Hold on to those feelings. Embrace them. Don’t shoo them away. These feelings don’t come along often, so when they do, you need to hold tight and hang on. Know that when the time is right, the right opportunity will be there waiting with open arms. If it’s not there yet, then this is not the time. It’s as simple as that.
Keep striving for what you want and don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible. The word itself says “I’m Possible”. Take any and all negative thoughts or criticisms and push them aside. This is your life. Live it the way you want to live it. Just know in the end that every decision you’ve made at that time was right. It led you to where you are today. And boy, was it an incredible ride.