dear me… ten years did us good…

Today’s “Daily Post” prompt seemed amusingly appropriate as I finish out the weekend and roll into my next birthday on Monday. The prompt?

“Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.”

I’m going to do things a little differently, and write a letter to myself. So, here you go, Reader:


Dear Me,

Wow, have you changed. Little did you know that ten years later, you’d be living halfway across the world trying to figure life out. And you know what? Overall, it’s been good.

It’s been really hard sometimes, but it’s also been really good.

Here’s a list of ten things I wish you/we/I could have heard ten years ago. Ten things I’m saying to you now, wishing this were real. Maybe things would have been different had you/we/I heeded this kind of advice (had it been given), but we’ll never know.

You did all the right things. Don’t look back now.

1. Take care of your body.

Learn to eat healthy foods sooner. Find an exercise you enjoy. You will totally be regretting this later and after you pack on 30 unwanted pounds post-graduation.

2. Your heart will get broken… a few times. But you come out stronger.

There will be pain. You will cry a lot. But you will grow so much. Grasp that independence that you once had before those guys. Run with it. Run like the wind. Learn to be you.

3. Take more pictures.

This is self-explanatory. Just take more photos in general.

4. Learn how to manage your money now.

You will accumulate tons of debt while in college and after you leave. (in addition to those disgusting student loans… Don’t worry, those will kill you.) And trust me, you’ll be paying it off for a long time. Your future self just paid off a $847 credit card today! Rejoice! But learn to manage your money and handle your spending. We could have saved us a ton of heartache and headaches…

5. You will still get zits in your late 20s. Get used to it.

Wash your face. Quit eating bagels and cream cheese (which you will come to LOVE later, trust me). Eat healthy. See #1.

6. You are not invisible. You are not fat. You are freaking awesome.

There will come a time when you’ll discover how amazing you really are. Someone would be lucky to have you, but you’ll come to realize at about 25 that you just don’t want to settle down anytime soon. Don’t settle. Keep running your own show, You.

7. Experiment more. Don’t be afraid to see what else is out there when it feels right.

You will become more comfortable with this as you get older, but just know, now, little Me, it’s okay to question things. You should question things. You should wonder. You should try things. Don’t be afraid. Go experience.

8. Write more.

You’re good at it. It’s cathartic.  People will actually read things you write, believe it or not! Don’t give up. Just keep trying. It will come.

9. Moving to Korea is the best decision you will make up to this point in your life. 

Here, you will discover your passion. You will learn more about yourself in two years than you did over the course of your whole life. In Korea, you become more “you” than you have ever been. It’s incredible. This is the epiphany you have been and will continue to search for until you get here.

10. Do whatever feels right.

There are so few things that I look back at now and think, “I never should have done that.” If you don’t make the mistakes you will make, you won’t turn out the way you are now… You are strong now. You are 100% exactly the way you’re supposed to be, and it’s all thanks to those decisions that may not have been the best, but turned out to make you better. Don’t think too much; just do it.

Happy birthday, You. This is going to be the best one yet.



*This piece was written in response to WordPress’s The Daily Post: Good Tidings.


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