Sam-Letter to My 18 year old Self

May 15, 2008 at 8:46 am Leave a comment

Hey it’s you at 43.  Yep we made it to at least 43.  I’ve got this project where I work to write you a letter from the future to let you know what lays ahead and to give you some advice as well.  First things first, sit down…I’ve got a few bombshells for you:

 

First off, your life will be nothing like what you are planning or even expect.  I know you’re getting into Journalism because it should be an easy sail through college.  That much is true…college will be easy and in fact very fun for you.  You’ll meet your first wife there.  I know I said first wife, but hold on, we’ll get to that.

 

I know we like to hang on to our money…mom calls us careful…there’s someone later in life named Jodi who will call you just plain cheap…but remember, we like to think of ourselves as smart.  And the smart money, so to speak, should be invested wisely in some ventures you’ve never heard of before…but you will.  There’s a wormy guy named Gates on the west coast…find him and give him a few hundred bucks…and while you’re out there find a little coffee shop named Starbucks and offer that guy some money too.

 

That should carry you for a while…at least until your five kids and who knows how many grandkids wipe you out.

 

Oh yeah, that’s right, I said five kids.  I know that revelation along with the first wife comment probably has your heart racing and head spinning…especially seeing as how the only two dates you’ve been on at this point in life is Junior Prom and Senior Prom.  But don’t sweat it.  I told you, life will be nothing like you are expecting.

 

And by the way, don’t even try to figure out how you’re going to wind up with five kids and a first wife…you’ll never believe it anyway.  Just know that your plans for a wife and 2 kids kinda will go awry by your own doing, but hold on because those five kids will be the most wonderful things that could ever happen in your life. 

 

And that kinda leads me to the final point in this short letter: don’t sweat the small stuff.  I know it’s in your genes to worry about every little thing, but trust me, you’ll learn much later–almost too late in fact–that a lot of that worry in your life doesn’t amount to much.  By the time you reach your 40’s life will finally start to make sense and even with those five kids become peaceful.  So stop stressing, you will be able to handle five kids as a single dad.  See it all works out in the end…except for the money, but again I don’t want to freak you out and overload you right now.

 

So to quickly to wrap this up: you’ll be divorced twice, stuck in the same job from the day you leave college and be diagnosed with clinical depression.  But don’t let that throw you for a loop right now either…probably shouldn’t have even brought it up, but I just had to get it in there before I go…like telling you about the five kids wasn’t enough of a shock.  You’ll have plenty of years and lots of time to address those things when they happen so relax.

 

Enjoy life, love your kids and stay young. 

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