A Letter From a Future Self
October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Hello from the future! I’m not sure what kind of paradoxes sending you this letter will lead to. Surely it couldn’t have warped the space-time continuum too much or anything like that because apparently I still survived to write this letter to you. Or maybe another Universe has been created and you are not really me. I’m not sure. But no matter what situation you find yourself in, I would like to offer you a few words of advice. Below is a list of 10 things for you to remember as you grow older. I can only hope that by taking these words to heart you will grow up to be a slightly wiser, holier, and all around better man than the one who writes this letter to you.
1. In a few years, you will be taking a test called the SAT. The answers to the first 20 questions are C,A,C,C,B,B, D, A,C,A,B,C,D,D,B,C,B,A,C,D.
Haha, just kidding. Those aren’t the right answers. I’m sure you know that you/I would never cheat like that. But at least you know you still have the same corny sense of humor when you get older.
2. Don’t forget to pray. Every day. No matter what. Nothing else will give you the kind of peace, joy, and love that God will give you through prayer. And nothing else is more important.
3. Listen to Mom and Dad and do what they tell you. Yes, they really are a little harsh sometimes. And yes they are more strict than they should be. But they are still your parents. By respecting them, even when they are wrong, you will be showing your love for them in one of the best ways possible. But let’s face it, in reality they are almost always right, and you are almost always wrong.
4. Don’t try to be so independent. Believe it or not, there will come a time when actually miss your family. You will miss all of the things that Mom used to do for you that you have to do yourself now. Like laundry. So enjoy it while you can.
5. Hold fast to what you know is true and right. I don’t really have to tell you this, because you are stubborn enough as it is. It takes courage to go against the crowd, but it is worth it. As you will later read from G.K. Chesterton, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
6. Don’t watch so much TV and read so many books. Spend time with real people. I know you always want to retire into the recesses of your own mind. But you need other people. They bring you out of yourself and into the beauty and adventure of the real world.
7. Never tire of giving of yourself in love. No one ever looks back on their life and says “I wish I had been more selfish.” or “I wish I had never woken up early to help my little brother with homework.” It will be tiring and exhausting. But it is worth it.
8. In the future people will start using the phrase “YOLO.” DON’T DO IT.
9. Also, in 2002, bet all of your money on the Cubs to win the World Series. No, they won’t win that year (or anytime in the near future for that matter). But the video game you were going to spend that money on will take up way too much of your time and distract you from living life in the real world.
10. And finally, go to Canada, find a kid named Justin Bieber, and give him some books to read or a sport to play or something. Just make sure he doesn’t take up singing. The world will be eternally indebted to you.
Life is an adventure. Make it an exciting one. And on the night of October 9, 2012, don’t forget that you have a letter to write. Make it a good one.
-PJ Jedlovec (pjjed) (B5)