This is you.
More specifically, this is you 10 years from now. Need proof?
It’s 2005, you’re 16, in Grade 11, you just got your driver’s license and
your English teacher is Mrs. Peacocke. Convinced? Ok, listen up.
So I know what you’re wondering: what’s going to happen to me? How did
26-year-old me turn out? Well, I’m not going to tell you. Because if you
knew everything that was going to happen to you, you’d probably run away
from it. And to be honest, I wouldn’t blame you. If I were to tell you who
I am today, you’d probably think I was someone else entirely. And no, you didn’t
turn into a contract killer, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper;
so you don’t have to worry about hunting future-you down (you’ll get that reference in a
But more importantly, I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the unique experiences
coming your way. Experience that will help you grow. Experiences that will
be both painful and sweet. Experiences that will change you. I know you
hate that word: change. And I know that you’ll try to resist it. But change
is just going to keep happening anyway, whether you want it to or not. So
get used to it.
I’m not going to drop any of those “believe in yourself” or “follow your
dreams” clichés. In fact, there are going to be times where you don’t
believe in yourself, and times when your dreams get put on hold. You may
even give up on yourself and everything. But I’ll tell you this: everything
will be ok. It may not seem like it — heck, even I sometimes forget that
now. But no matter what happens, know that everything happens as it was
meant to happen. Yes, just like Mom always said. Things may not go the way
you planned them, but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Trust me, you’ll get
something better instead. I can’t say everything you’re going through is going to
suddenly get better. But you’ll either get through it, or at least learn how to live with it.
In closing, I just want to say this: you are capable of more than you think.
In fact, someday you’ll find yourself doing things that you thought would be impossible
for you. You’ll find it within yourself to do so. You just need the right push, the right drive to
get you to do it. And very soon, you’ll find it.
So keep your chin up, even if it’s raining. Take a leap, even if it’s frightening.
Especially if it’s frightening.
And also, don’t forget to shave once in a while.
Yourself in 2015