Do you ever wish you could go back in time and talk to your younger self? Tell them not to worry about some things. Warn them about hardships to come. Encourage them that, although the present may have its challenges, good things will come.
I follow Turia Pitt's Facebook page. For those who don't know who she is, Turia suffered burns to more than 60% of her body from being caught in a bushfire while competing in an ultra-marathon in the Kimberly region of Western Australia in September 2011. She is an incredibly inspiring person and I'm looking forward to reading her autobiography. One post on her Facebook page particularly caught my eye. It was a letter she had written to her 18-year-old self for the Business Chicks website.
That got me wondering....what would I say to my 18-year-old self if I had the chance to go back in time?
1. Your life is about to change in the most dramatic way anyone's life ever can. Many of your life plans will go out the window. This is a good thing. You will meet someone. It won't be who you think. It won't be the type of relationship you're hoping for. Your friends already know him and have tried to introduce you to him. I think you really do want to know him, even if you say you don't. I'll give you a hint: His name begins with J....
2. Don't stress so much about finding a man. He's out there. Just wait and make the most of your life until then. No, it's not the one you're fixated on. The right one is not quite ready yet...and neither are you.
3. Your high school friends are keepers. You'll meet other great friends, too.
4. Don't give up writing that book. Don't slack off. You're single. Now is the time to write, trust me.
5. There will be a time in your life that will be incredibly dark. You will need great strength to endure, but that strength won't come from yourself. You will be ok.
What would you say to your 18-year-old self?