Today’s prompt: Write three pieces of advice for your younger self.
Dear young Roberts,
Okay, so no one calls you Roberts right now, but that’s because you’re my awkward middle school self who just met the guy who will share his name with you. (I know you’re set on marrying him someday already. Spoilers: You will.)
I’m here to give you three pieces of advice that I think might help you without ripping a hole in the space-time continuum. (Or have I already done that by confirming who you marry?)
1. It’s okay to be different.
You already know this because Momma says it all the time. She helps you make the medieval-style dresses that you wear to church… and the grocery store… and anywhere else you go. But I want you to know that it’s still okay as you get older. Your interest in French over Spanish, your Scottish heritage, acting in spite of your quiet demeanor, playing video games with the guys, and going on adventures is part of what makes people like you. Besides, it’s more fun not to be like everyone else.
2. Don’t be in too big of a hurry.
I know you always think that because you were born almost a week late, you need to rush through life. You’ll finish college in three years and marry long before most of your friends. However, you need to know when to take it slow, too. Not everything is going to work out as quickly as you want it to. That novel you want to publish? I’m still working on it all these years later. (Don’t worry. It’s better than the draft you have now.) Kids? You’ll have to wait and fight for that too. As much joy as there is in accomplishing things quickly, there’s also joy in the waiting. In fact, I would dare say that the anticipation makes the payoff even more satisfying. It certainly will make you more grateful for what you’ve been blessed with already and what you learn while you wait.
3. “Patience and fortitude conquer all things.” – Ralph Waldo Emmerson
One day, this will practically be your motto. You’re not always the most patient right now, but someday, you’ll develop such a quality of patience that anyone who spends time with you will notice. Your students certainly will. (Didn’t expect you’d become a teacher, huh? Surprise!) Remember, everything will work out for the best in the end, so put forth your best effort and stick to your guns in the meantime.
Well, now that I’ve given a few too many spoilers, I’d better stop. After all, we’d hate to mess up time, right?
S.B. Roberts (your older self)