Time-traveling Words of Wisdom…or at least of Experience

Wow, I can’t believe it has been two months since I’ve written anything here. Although this summer has been extrordinarily busy, I usually can find the time to put some thoughts down. And now here I am, on my 30th birthday, reflecting on the past, enjoying my present and looking forward to the future.

A friend recently told me she found a letter that her 20-year-old self had written her 30-year-old self. She plans to open it and read it on her 30th birthday next month. It got me wondering…what would my 30-year-old self tell my 20-year-old self? Really I’d prefer to talk to my 18-year-old self right around graduation. Here are a few things I would mention to me:

  • Take better care of yourself. Eat right, exercise regularly, get in the habit. It just gets harder to find the time and motivation to do it as time goes on. I will thank you later.
  • Study abroad for at least a year. Take advantage of the fact that you are single with few strings. Experience the world.
  • That being said, take an epi pen with you wherever you go, especially when you travel to tropical locations. You never know when you might need it.
  • It is not too late to pursue playing volleyball in college. Start training and try out. You are good enough and have nothing to lose.
  • Trust your instincts. If you like someone, don’t be influenced by others that judge him, and as a result, you, by his “social status”. You owe it to yourself to follow your heart.
  • In the same vein, trust your instincts. If he seems like bad news, he probably is. Especially if one of his roommates is a drug dealer. Just walk away.
  • Pay off your credit card, cut it up, and never use them again. There are better ways to establish credit, and you will get in over your head.
  • Hard alcohol is not your friend. Wine makes you weepy. Beer loves you. Stick with beer.
  • When Justin Timberlake smiles at you from across the bar, you smile back.
  • When you have the opportunity to be the nanny to Todd Helton’s daughter, take it. Even if it is less money than you are making. Just do it.
  • GO TO CLASS. Do the work. Don’t waste Dad’s money.
  • Think about taking a vacation to Lake Placid, NY. It’s a great little mountain town and you may find something you didn’t know you were looking for.

Here’s to being another year older, and hopefully, another year wiser.

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