Letter to the Woman in 20 Years

Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Tomorrow, write a letter to yourself in 20 years.

Dear E,

  Congratulations for nearly being forty years old! I know there were times that you thought you wouldn’t make it to forty, but you’re almost there. Right now, you’re wondering why this letter was so difficult to write. You still don’t have an answer after days of thinking about this letter.

I know this is a letter similar to a time capsule, currently about to head off to your first year of college, scared of new experiences and but ready to leave the nest. But in twenty years time you (hopefully) will be married to the love of your life and have a successful career. E, in twenty years from now (2013) I hope you would have made the decision to either become a BME or a physician. Both worth while fields and possibly not so different from one another.

Where do I want to see you at nearly forty years old? Happy. Married. Successful. Maybe with kids. Or maybe without since the intolerance for children probably won’t subside. I hope you will have traveled to Australia at least once by this point in your life. The foreign land has called your name since you were born. Most of all I want you to be satisfied with the life you have lived so far, with few regrets. Be proud of who you are and what you have done. E, please don’t forget your dreams and why they are important. So many people forget why their own desires were important to them and just go along with the daily grind and other blind sheep of the world. Damn it, you are not a sheep! You were not put on this planet to be a follower. Use your power to make life better for the world by science and logic. Keep volunteering. I have written things in this letter, but honestly, I have no idea what to write.

Think about what has happened in the last twenty years in your life. How has it effected you? What was the best thing to happen since you were college aged? The worst thing?

Don’t be frightened of what lies ahead in the future.

“I think what’s risky is living your life and– and never trying for anything and never doing something brave and never getting yourself scared.” ~Angelina Jolie during a 60 Minutes interview

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