I have this idea, an idea that once changed how I handle and approach things that has stuck with me to this day. The advice, you ask?
“I cannot say anything to make you feel any better in this season of life you are in, but I promise you time heals all things.”
While this advice seems so simple and is maybe even heard frequently, when you are 17, it is anything but.
This advice came from my great-aunt. She wrote to me (you know, actually on paper, with a pen, mailed with a stamp she purchased via USPS, and not in a text or email?) A meaningful letter that she took her precious time to send to me personally because I meant something to her. She has since passed, and I still regret not emphasizing just how much it really meant to me even after all these years.
While I know this may not be everyone’s cup of tea and is a little outside my own box, this idea might help change the way my daughters, niece, nephews, or grandkids view or handle a certain situation one day (should I be so lucky).
I was 17 and lost two friends in a vehicle accident, and that letter where she told me about a tragic loss she had is what gave me hope I would eventually make it through.
So here is the idea. Have you ever considered writing a letter to your younger self? Your title: What I Know Now.
What if this letter could help someone through a tough time? What if this letter is something you leave behind to someone you love or is able to help in their time of need?
This will require you to remember your past while considering the present, written in an encouraging voice with compassion and understanding during a certain stage of your life so that another person can understand the message or theme.
Think about a scenario from when you were a particular age and how you would change that. What advice would you give to your younger self to do things differently? We all have a unique story to tell because we are all unique in our own ways.
Someone somewhere wants to hear all about it.
Morgan Gunder is a community and broker liaison for Reid Health Alliance. Born in the South and raised in the Midwest, she is a wife and mother with a passion for traveling, learning, and technology.