*First, before I tackle today's topic I'd like to express my deepest gratitude to the countless men and women who currently serve, have served, and those who have sacrificed greatly to the service of our country. On this solemn and important day in our country I feel it is vitally important to remember and honor those who put Country first. God Bless you, your families, and God Bless America.*
Today's topic is one that hopefully is affecting many around the USA today. A nationwide "party" led by The New York Times best-selling author Ellyn Spragins is occurring today to facilitate empowerment and enlightenment through self reflection and sharing. In essence, women are meeting in myriad public places across the country to write their younger selves a letter revealing their hard-won, inner-wisdom (information provided by The NJ Herald, Sunday, November 7, 2010).
Being that I have a father, two brothers, a husband, and two sons I detest when men are left out of seemingly important and informative exercises. I think this task could certainly be fun, creative, and enlightening, but I do not believe only women can benefit, therefore I am broadening this directive to all of the men as well. I believe that men and women equally have the capacity to teach to their younger selves.
Instead of treating this like a school assignment, I simply want to extract the fundamentals and play with them. What wisdom have you gleaned in your lifetime that you wish you could whisper into the younger you who was scared, stressed, heart-broken, anxious, or depressed? What calming information could you relay about love, life, career, education, or friendship? Would you address the you in high school and tell him/her that people will chill out and this isn't the "end all be all"? Would you tell a heartbroken twenty-something to "stay the course" as true love is right around the corner? Perhaps you might tell a former self to pay attention more closely in school, to make education a higher priority. Or maybe you want to let the younger you know that spending the extra money on the car was "totally worth it!". Whatever wisdom, knowledge, or beliefs you have now that could enable the younger you to benefit then is the idea.
This may seem burdensome or a time waster, but I believe that reminiscing and reconnecting with your younger self with the added understanding that you have so much to offer the younger you, and, in turn, the younger you wasn't really so lost, is worthwhile of a few extra minutes today. Won't you join me in this self-taught assignment? Perhaps what you print will not only reverberate with you, but someone struggling with something currently. Please join me...
Dear Younger Me,