Today’s topic is: “Write a letter to your younger self. Be really honest.”
Please Deliver To: Phoebe Hunter in the tiny walk-up apartment, Boston, MA 02113
February 28, 2008
Since we have this rare opportunity to communicate, I thought I’d pass along a few words of wisdom. (I know how you like symmetry in numbers so I’ve decided to write to you on 2/28/2008.)
Congratulations on your new job (and negotiating a bonus for last year even though you only started in October)! I’m sure you’re already aware that working with David again will change your life for the better. The job won’t always be fun but the challenges you will face won’t be more than you can handle.
With your newfound financial stability, you will be tempted to buy a house in the coastal suburbs this summer. Don’t bother. Stay in the unaffordable apartment downtown, even though the neighbors smoke. Hold on to your money, tell David to bet on a crashing housing market, and wait for bigger things to come your way.
In April 2010, you will be inspired to research country living, returning to simpler times, and finding a partner who would like to do it all with you. Trust that the universe will guide Adventurous View to find Boston Optimist on FarmersOnly.com. Don’t bother with any of the others. (Definitely don’t fly to Montana! It isn’t worth the time, money, or heartache.)
In May 2011, the company will close the Boston office, offering you the perfect opportunity to follow your dreams. That will be one of the best summers of your life. Pay attention and be grateful.
Learn as much as you can, every day. You will eventually become a wonderful cook, an accomplished baker, and a published author. Just never stop learning!
You are going to become a mother in December 2012 and again in March 2014. The first three years will be a lot harder than you’ve ever imagined. You can never quit that job, even when you hate the hours, pay, and your boss… So be sure to enjoy the next four years to the fullest. It will be at least another decade before you get to feel like yourself again.
Practice patience, with yourself and with others. In difficult times, remember to love yourself and know that tons of people love you too. Those hard moments won’t last very long in the grand scheme of things.
Dream big. There is no limit to your greatness except that which you decide. I know that sounds totally cheesy, but guess what?! It’s true!
And if you want 2016 to be the start of a whole new lifestyle for your family, hire a lawyer and accountant because the Powerball numbers for the symmetrical January 16, 2016 are 2, 11, 47, 62, 63, and 17.
Good luck kid!
What would you tell your younger self? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
~ Phoebe DeCook
(P.S. If you missed my introduction to these daily “Musings”, you can read from the beginning here.)