Dear Younger Me,
You’re going to find this a little hard to believe right now, but you’re going to be okay, in spite of the pain and heart-ache you’re suffering now at the hands of she who has been granted the privilege of raising children. I wish I could tell you that things will get better soon, but, alas, things will get worse before they get better. You’ll continue to move along through self-esteem-crushing situations, but will, eventually, come out on the other side where there is a lot more light. I promise.
Remember reading in a school textbook about scanners being used on the East Coast to buy groceries and about that thing called an IBM computer that was predicted to be in everyone’s home? And, remember the “picture phone” you and your classmates saw in the museum in Canada? You were fascinated by the very idea, and couldn’t imagine anything like that being in anyone’s home in your small town in South Dakota. This may be hard for you to believe right now, but you’re destined to stare at a computer monitor for hours on end, day after day (and love doing it! Really!). You are going to carry around your very own personal phone that can give you answers to questions at the swipe of a finger, and you’ll wear a gadget to monitor your fitness activity! Honest! It’s a thing!
As you suspected, there are no flying cars yet, but they are developing cars that drive themselves. I know! Right!?!?
You’ll actually watch the evening news—willingly! There are multitudes of television channels instead of the single one you have now. It mesmerizes people and, in some cases, dumbs them down. (Remember the name, “Kardashian.” You’ll roll your eyes like you’ve never rolled them before!)
You’ll do grownup stuff—some mundane, some stupid, and some grand. You’re going to like a lot of things you dislike now. You’re afraid of leaving the area right now, but you’ll soon learn to love traveling. And, best of all, you’re going to marry a terrific military man (in spite of your current distaste for the military). Trust me, he is the right person to support you and help you grow.
You started writing a couple of years ago. I know why you slowed down, but I wish you’d write more once again. Beware of Dusty’s sister—she will steal some of your original work. However, this experience will lead you to take an interest in copyright law. (Sounds boring, doesn’t it? You’re dropping your head on the table right now, aren’t you? Believe me—you’ll enjoy it like so many other seemingly boring things!)
I wish you’d take more of an interest in school. Yes, you understand what is being taught, do the work and get good grades on tests. But you’re only going through the motions. Take more time to research and find out more. When you’re older, there will be great technologies available at your fingertips that will allow you to do so much research. Imagine being able to “go” to the library without actually going to the library! For now, you’ll appreciate the effort you made if you spend more time in the real library. (And, that cute guy at the last table to the right is really nice! His name is Daniel.)
You’ve already dated two guys named ‘Larry.’ (Small town—how is it that so many parents named their boys ‘Larry’?) There will be another ‘Larry’ coming along. RUN AWAY!!!! (You’re going to ignore this advice, aren’t you?)
The high school principal will relax the dress code for girls soon. (Yes, I know. This high school is SO behind the times!) You’ll want to purchase some new school clothes. And, buy a fashion magazine, for goodness sake! Your color sense and fashion choices are questionable! (This gets better, too.)
There is more, but that’s probably all you can handle now.
Oh, and stay weird. It suits you. (And, cat ladies come in all forms. Enjoy it.)
Hugs from your older self.