December 21 – Future Self.
Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)
(Author: Jenny Blake)
I can’t. I just can’t do that.
Where I am now and where I could be five years from now…I have no clue! I’ll be 43, older, (hopefully wiser) -maybe I’ll be more centered, more focused, more self-assured. Hopefully we’ll have one more child by then – if it is meant to be…
There’s that saying, “Give up the hope that you can change the past.” – author unknown. I don’t want to look back and consider what I should have done. It’s not productive. Is this to say I don’t ever think about what I should or could have done differently? Heck no! Of course I do once in a great while, I think we all do from time to time. I do wish I would have stayed in print journalism rather than switched to broadcast. I wish I would have been more self-aware.
Who I am today is still a work in progress. All the mistakes, all the good things – all the downright God-awful things that have happened to me – have made me who I am today. I embrace that. Good or bad, right or wrong, I accept them. I accept them for what they are and I have moved on.
In many ways, I am thankful for even the bad because there are certain roads I took that I might have ignored if not for the bad. I firmly believe there is a reason for everything. There is a time and a purpose. Again, I embrace it.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not to say I think badly or am criticizing those who DO have advice for their younger self or wish they could change things. This is just me reflecting on me and what I think of my own situation. I may have issues with myself, BUT all in all, I like who I am, where I am and who I have become.
My only advice: Laugh even more, love more, live more, write more, listen more and experience more.
That, I can do. 🙂