Dear 30-year old Me,
I won’t lie, I have high expectations for you. I hope you know that. No pressure or anything, but you’re going to have to step up your game a little. I’ll give you an A for effort, but those 20’s we just waded through – well, we’ve got some work to do.
Because you’ve seen too much to continue on as you were before. There’s been too much goodness and too many blessings for you to stay as you were. There’s been a little bit of crying as well, I know – but you’re all the stronger for it. Those tears washed out a lot of toxic things that had no business being there in the first place. You remember those, but don’t dwell on them. They’re now in the past for a very good reason – primarily because they have no place in your future.
The world is big and wide and deep. And sometimes it’s dark. Take any talents you possess, any good news you know, and spread it generously. You have a light inside of you – now go and show others how to find theirs.
Don’t worry so much. It never changed anything in the last decade, did it? Let it go, and send it heavenward. Leave the past where it’s at, but don’t forget everything you’ve learned.
Be kind. There are holes in every single heart that can be mended with love and care. Remind those around you that life is very good when you choose to see it that way.
Don’t lie. Just don’t. It hurts the strongest of souls. It tears apart the sweetest of friendships. Truth is love. It’s as simple as that.
You’re going to hear a lot of opinions about your life and how you should live it. Take each one with a grain of salt. Sift through them all, but toss the ones that don’t apply. You know what you need to do.
Stay curious. Go on adventures, the kinds you’ve always wanted to go on. And learn new things. Talk to people. Find new friends, but bring along the ones you’ve always had.
Find a way to laugh. Even when it’s not funny. Remember those days back when you were 20-something? It always worked then – it won’t fail you now.
Remember who holds you up. This is no empty faith you have. God cannot lie. If you choose to believe Him for one thing, you cannot disbelieve Him for another. Otherwise the bottom falls out of everything.
Keep learning. Keep doing. Keep smiling.
I guess that’s really all I can ask of you.
29-year old Me