Letter to a Younger NV

I recently read the blog post from 5 Second Rule on writing a letter to her 16-year-old self .  She gave herself words of wisdom based around food, primarily.    What a great concept.

We all can look in the rearview mirror of life with 20/20 vision, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way as we look forward.  The best bet is to learn from our past and move forward with a vision of a lifestyle we want to create.  (No, I won’t be going into the reasons why we should have a “To Do” list….only because I don’t have enough self-discipline to create one for myself!)

Rather than focus on food alone, I want to write a letter to my college-self, knowing what I know now.  Some thoughts:

Dear College NV,

  • Don’t worry about being unfocused and less than happy with school – a degree is what will matter most, it’s your passion for what you do that will drive your future.
  • Just because it’s granola, doesn’t mean it’s healthy… or low-calorie.
  • While it may look cool that you can drink a guy under the table now, you’ll get far greater satisfaction lifting more weight at the gym than some of the dweebie guys walking around thinking they’re hot shit.
  • As much as it pains you today, learn to love to study – you’ll miss the blocks of time where you can sit and absorb information when you’re in the real world
  • Start telling Dad you love him.  Even though he doesn’t say it back, he’ll show it to you a thousand other ways and he’s proud of you.  BELIEVE THAT.
  • Read more.
  • Learn how not to procrastinate – make a list and start chopping away at it.  It’ll give you less time to wonder “What if…?”
  • Appreciate the time you spend with your brothers – your relationship will morph and change over the eyars.
  • Practice patience.
  • Don’t waste your time with petty drama and gossip.  While it may be fun to listen to, you’ve got more important things to worry about.
  • Explore the world when you can, however you can!   I know you’re not made of money, but simply take time to learn about other cultures, new neighborhoods, and different languages.
  • Learn what it means to love yourself before you try loving someone else.  Don’t expect the other person to fill in your gaps in self-esteem.
  • Give Mom a hug.  She’s the best friend you’ll have.
  • Don’t just dream – wake up and make them come true.

Love & hugs,

NV in 2011


Posted on August 31, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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