Yesterday, I completed 100 days of asking strangers what advice they would give to their younger selves. Some of them in turn asked me what advice I would give to my younger self. I had the unfair advantage of thinking about it for a while, and I used that time to organize my thoughts into a poem 🙂 Here it is!
The older you.
No way, this can’t be true!
Can we talk?
I don’t have much time, but sure, Why not?
I have been watching over you
And I know you have been a little blue
This is true. I have been worried.
Pardon me if this sounds hurried
But unlike you
I got places to be & things to do
And give me a run-down
Will I turn out alright?
Will my future be bright?
This is what keeps me up at night
Do you understand my plight?
Been there, done that
This is your future, you’re looking at!
Phew! Relieved to see that you look great
Neither too skinny, nor overweight
So dear future me, please tell me,
How did life turn out for thee?
Full of experiences, mostly good, some not so good
But if I could do it all over again, I surely would
There were ups and there were downs
A lot of smiles and a fair share of frowns
Some high highs and some real lows
But also the strength to face every blow
There were days when I felt I was floating through life
But also long stretches of inner strife
I wish I could say it was all a breeze
But that would be quite boring, oh please!
All in all, it’s been a life well lived, I’ll say
Quite a journey, seeing each hair turn gray
Is there anything you wish you knew
When you were me
that I should know
As I become you?
Keep an open mind
To yourself, especially, be kind
Don’t second guess
Trust the process
Be you as only you can be
Open your heart, and love fully
Face your inner demons
Enjoy the changing seasons
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Live every day curiously
And when you feel blue
Remember, the only way out is through
Thank you for trying to allay my fear
And giving me tips to make this journey easier
But now I must go
For I have places to be and things to do
A lot to accomplish before I become you!