Murphy: Letter to my 17 year old Self

May 14, 2008 at 9:27 am Leave a comment

Pretty awesome. In your mind you have been aiming for this for a while. Freedom !!!! Congratulations !

First- yes ,it’s freedom – but your biggest challenges are still ahead……and your first one is this summer.

Secondly, try to open your mind a little faster. Nothing wrong with being a little sheltered, but your assumptions about life and people are going to get in your way for the next few years. For example,

Don’t be obsessively cautious- just be cautious. Most things in life are not in your control-other people certainly are not. Don’t rush into marriage. Don’t force yourself to grow up too fast…..oh, well I tried…you’re impatient.

OK- this one will take you 15 years to understand, but I’ll tell you now anyway—don’t fear the what if’s. You’re a good planner. You’re intelligent – just do your best and let God handle the what ifs….You’ll save a LOT of stress that way.

Oh yeah, and when you’re planning for tomorrow-make sure that you’re leaving enough time to enjoy today.

Here’s some good news: your mom, dad, and grandmother gave you the simplest yet two greatest messages to shape your life: 1) they love you for who you are and not what they think you should be. 2) You can do anything you put your mind to.

You are a natural diplomat, and a natural leader—remember that at all key moments and positive and negative in your future life—you’ll need it ! Feel free to shoot for a career in L.A., but you’ll wind up with a pretty cool gig with a y’at from New Orleans and your future wife.

And finally – I’ll tell you this – but you can’t do anything about it, I can’t prepare you for it, and nothing you do can stop this from happening. Enjoy the freedom of your life without diabetes now. In 12 years you will suddenly wake up one day thinking you have the flu, but you really have Type1 diabetes. You will take insulin for the rest of your life. I can’t give you any advice other than to trust your medical team and work at it day by day.

The good news is that you will meet the woman who accepts you for all you are, will be a great mother to your children – and will watch you evolve and love you unconditionally even through the tough times. You will really enjoy being a dad, and at the right time – your thirties….You will quit smoking (would have been easier if you had never started).

You’ll do fine—just throttle back…just a little…just a little…

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