I thought instead of writing a letter to my younger self about what I wish I had done or done differently. Why not write a positive letter thanking them for what brought me here today. I extended my letter into the future as figured why not? We all need a little push in the right direction. So here I am in 10 years time….. (sigh – I’m not in Europe right now)
Dear Younger Self
I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for bringing me to where I am today. Sitting in a cafe in Paris watching people as they get their coffee to start their day. I feel privileged to be here and know my past mistakes, goals, accomplishments and risks have all gotten me here.
Thank you for realizing you get to decide your timeline, not society. You don’t have to be working full-time at 25, in a relationship by 30. To not feel pressured by other people’s time frames that don’t necessarily work for you. Backpacking in Australia for a year was one of our best decisions. All the travel you did gave us experiences and memories we will have forever.
Taking the risk and buying your own home on your own. Weighing the pros and cons over numerous lunch hours and finally taking that leap. Realizing that this could be a “what if” regret and just doing it. Yes, choosing paint colors and wallpaper has been incredible!
Also acknowledging that instant gratification does not solve your problems long or short-term. For realizing that bigger dreams means more planning and anticipation is exciting.
For finally taking that leap of faith and putting yourself out there through blogging – yes even if it was a mistake. That act has led to amazing friendships and support from all over the world. Blogging has also given you the push and focus to complete novels and realize you can’t wait for perfectionism before letting them go as that may never come.
So as I sit and debate if I really need another croissant I jot down my to do list for the day. The online courses are doing well, I have a few emails to answer related to them. My next novel is in draft and waiting at the apartment for me. I have an ongoing collaboration with some incredible fellow bloggers I am excited about and of course I want to post some pictures of my adventures in Paris.
So yes to acknowledging what my younger self has done and is going to continue to do to bring me to sitting in a cafe in Paris/Europe/America in say 10 years. Oh yeah, we will be having another croissant.
You can always start now!