Reverb Broads 2011 #1 – Hi Young Me, it’s Old Me…

My friend Jessica pointed me towards a blogging project called Reverb Broads 2011 that I thought might be interesting to participate in.  I know I tend to get lazy in the whole world of blogging, but I do find myself in a more reflective state of mind these days, so I thought it might be good to explore this and have some fun too :)  The project consists of one “prompt” given each day through December.  Today’s prompt: “If the you of today could go back in time and give advice to any of the previous yous, which age would you visit and what would you tell them?”

My husband and I had a similar conversation the other night about this, wondering what we would change if we could go back in time.  I’ve often found this to be a bit of a conundrum, since as it stands right now, there isn’t a thing I would change.  Sure, there were crappy times and painful experiences that one would rather avoid, but those experiences lead me to where I am now, in a life that I’m quite happy to have.  But, I suspect the purpose of this question is to get the blogger to think about the struggles they had in their past and how they’ve moved past them, what they’ve learned, etc.  So I will approach it that way 🙂

Dear 17 year old Me,

You know all that cool and strange stuff you and your friend have been exploring?  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.  You need to do some research to learn how to handle it, because if you don’t, some pretty scary stuff is gonna happen, and you really won’t want anything to do with it afterwards for a loooooong time.  You’ve discovered a fascinating new part of yourself, something you can do wonderful things with, but there’s rules that need to be followed and things that need to be considered.  You need to learn how to protect yourself.  Try to find people that have experience in this and talk to them.  I know you don’t have the advantage of the internet yet to help you with that, but you’ll figure something out.  Your friend’s mom would be a good start.  I don’t mean to scare you, well maybe I do… because the fear I can place in you now is far less than the fear of what could happen would be.  Figure this small part of the process out, and you will open yourself up to many more lessons and the time to learn them.

Love, Old Me

Was that cryptic enough for you? ;)  If you’re someone that knows me, you probably know what this is in relation to.  It’s a part of me that I’ve come to embrace in the last 10 years, but was left stagnant for a long time when an experience with something very negative scared me so badly that I refused that part of me for 15 years.  It would’ve been nice if I had had someone to show me some skills that could’ve prevented that…

Dear 19 year old Me,

You know that person that you’ve felt that strange, intense connection to since you were 12?  Yeah, you know who I’m talking about.  Don’t waste your time trying to analyze that situation, you’re not going to get a concrete answer, you simply can’t.  There’s no point going around in circles comparing it to every other friendship/relationship/connection you make in your life trying to make sense of it.  It will always be unusual and different, and it holds no barring on other relationships in your life.  It’s not what you think it is right now, and you will recognize that soon.  Accept that it’s a part of you and let it go.  Perhaps if you do a little research on soul families and twin souls, it might set off a couple light bulbs…

Love, Old Me

Yeah, I’m rockin’ the cyptic today ;)  I’ll let you guys all mull over who that could be.

Dear 26 year old Me,

You’re going through a tough time right now, and I know why.  Get off the &$^##*$ birth control pills.  They are messing with your head and causing your depression.  You’ll will feel a million times better once you’re off of them, I promise you.  And on that note, it’s not healthy for you to remain cooped up in your apartment chatting on the talkers 7 x 24.  Yes, I know they are your friends, and many of them will stay your friends for a long time to come, but you need human face-to-face interaction.  However, remember that you don’t need to trust every person that comes along to do this.  Trust your gut, have fun and do what’s best for you.  And for gods sake, don’t let anyone use guilt to manipulate you.  It’s your life, do what YOU want to do.  Let others deal with their own issues about that.

Love, Old Me


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