Lately I am fascinated with the concept behind the book, What I Know Now: Letters to my Younger Self by Ellen Spragins. If you were to write a letter to your younger self, what would it say? Would you tell her about where she would be today? Would you tell her to make different decisions or to choose a different path, house, spouse, career, life?
Generally I am not a big believer in regrets. Now, that does not mean I think I am always right. (That’s for darn sure.) I just feel that if we make the best decision we can based on the information we have at the time then we have no basis for looking back with regret.
As an example, part of me would to tell my younger self not to purchase this house I am living in, while the other part feels that even though this house is not perfect, I am right where I belong.
Another facet of writing this letter is that so much of what happens in our lives is beyond our control. Would I want to warn my younger self or let those chips fall in their own time?
I am guessing that a lot of people would want to tell their younger selves not to sweat the small stuff, but to me that is unavoidable. There is only one time, one moment that stands out when I could have used my older self for a slap in the face (and, oddly enough, it occurred on the day my oldest son was born). Otherwise, if I were to write a letter to my younger self, I would simply suggest that my younger self leave a few choice outfits in the closet and let her know that some hair styles looked better on Madonna.
This idea of writing a letter to my younger self is both fascinating and confusing to me.
How about you? Have you ever thought about writing a letter to your younger self? What would you tell your younger self?
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