I’ve struggled with what to write this week. Much has happened.
A double funeral with dear friends who lost a mother and a father in two days.
The kindness of neighbors who could have hurt us but didn’t.
Neither of these are my stories to tell, though. So I won’t.
I did see something that grabbed my eye from another friend on Facebook, however.
I posted these words:
Stay in Germany longer.
I wish I had.
But then I had another thought. I even braved the process of making a meme to put it together here.
I saw many post things to their 17-year-old selves that imagine I might later say to my today self.
Listen to yourself always.
Know who you are.
Shut up and listen.
Be kind to yourself.
Do less, love more.
It will be okay.
Chill the (heck) out.
I think I might say all of this to myself. I might also say:
Keep writing. It matters.
At least I hope I’ll say that.
Wherever you are in the world, I’d love to know what you would say to your 17-year-old self. (Especially you in Brazil. I see you on my stats page and have always wondered how you found me in the wide web.)
I’d also love to know what you think your future wisdom for yourself might be.
May you know love past, present, and future-