Back in November, I wrote a guest spot for Jamie’s If I Could Turn Back Time series. I responded to her prompt: If you had the opportunity to sit down with your 18-year-old self, what would you say to her?
Jamie’s series is celebrating its one year anniversary, so I’m reposting my letter to myself here. Enjoy the bad hair. You’re welcome.
I’ve seen some pretty amazing letters generated from this prompt; the emotional, the inspirational, and the downright gut-wrenchingly truthful. There is a thread that connects our letters; we all agree that while we made mistakes, they ultimately led us to our vastly improved realities today.
|18-year-old me…back when I used an iron to first straighten and then curl my hair. Because that makes sense.|
I will never subscribe to the patriarchal institution of marriage.
Corporations are evil.
|This is me. I work for a large financial institution that cares more about me, my family, and my work/life balance than any of my previous employers.|
I will never, ever live in the suburbs…
|That would be me leading the 4th of July parade in our Pleasantville version of suburban utopia.|
or own a minivan.
I do not run unless chased.
Religion is for people who don’t understand spirituality.
|Me delivering a sermon at the church I regularly attend.|
I refuse to raise gender-identified children.
|Funny thing about kids– they have opinions when it comes to their gender. Imagine that.|
But you and I both know you wouldn’t listen. Because you “know” better.
Your turn, dear readers:
What would YOU say to your 18 year old self?
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