Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Letter To Myself

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)

Dear Future Me - 

Congratulations, you've made it this far. Wait until you see what's still to come!

But please, I beg of you, stop searching for the crystal ball. And if you do find it, smash it. It's a huge burden that you just don't need in your life.

Do you really want to see the days ahead where you are so angry you dare to curse God? Do you want to see the nights ahead where you drop to your knees sobbing absolutely convinced you will die of a broken heart? Do you want to witness the pain your loved ones are going to go through as they get sick? Or the utter grief you'll go through as their death overwhelms you?

Your children are going to disappoint you, scare you and shock the hell out of you. You don't yet need to know the absolute depths of hell you'll be willing to walk to save them.

There are going to be times in your life when you will question whether you can go on.

 The good news is, not only will you get up off your knees and face another day, but there will be days of such joy and delight that you won't want them to end.

You are going to sing and dance with abandon. You are going to laugh until it hurts. The love you are going to give and receive will swell your heart to a size you never knew possible.

Not only will your wishes come true, but you'll find new dreams that will lead you on a path you never expected. 

Your life is going to be the worlds greatest roller coaster. Get ready, it's going to be one hell of a ride.

Future You

I teach yoga/pilates to a wonderful group of teen-age dancers at a local dance studio. Even though I'm quite a bit older than them, the teen-age turmoil they are going through now is the same as it was when I was in high school. Inspired by them, I wrote this letter to my much younger self a couple months ago.


  1. Loved this, Jennifer! Especially the part about finding new dreams on unexpected paths. I just finished yoga teacher training but have to get off my butt and start teaching some classes.

    Nice to virtually meet you!

  2. This post was like a sweet sigh of relief, taking the weight of the future off my shoulders.