Hello Angie circa 1994 -
Hey there from 2012. Yes, we are still here – at least for now (ha ha funny 2012 joke). And so you are you. You today is a mom…yeah, I know. Still scares the crap out of me too. Your life is beyond your wildest dreams. You think you know it all now, but let me tell you, you have no idea. That boy that broke your heart – yeah, he isn’t the last, but I can tell you that all if it is worth it. Those girls your are getting to know now will become some of the most important people in your life. Yeah, even HER. You will get over that jealousy competition thing and grow to be very very close. That town you live in now, you won’t live there much longer – but you will always cherish the fact that you have a small little Nebraska town to call home. You will live in New York and Chicago. You will travel and see the sunrise in the Dominican Republic and the sunset on the Great Barrier Reef. You will kiss your husband on the Eiffel Tower and be scared to death together as you zip line in Cabo San Lucas. You will have a son. All of this stuff is great, but I want to give you a bit of advice.
Trust More. You get so inside your head and analyze every move people make. STOP. People are kind and are not out to get you. If you can let down your guard, you can really get to know some amazing people.
Say Thank You More. Some amazing people are going to put themselves out there to help you. Don’t take that for granted. Do the same in return and don’t let a chance go by where you don’t let those people know how grateful you are for their generosity.
Don’t Give Up So Easily. When you move to New York – it will be hard. You will be alone and you will be scared. Focus on your work. Stay focused on what you want. Same with Chicago – don’t move so quickly. Learn to enjoy the simple life. It isn’t all about stuff, it is about people.
Make More Girlfriends. I know, this one isn’t easy. You have been burned and believe me. I get it. But know that everyone is fighting their own battles. Women need each other and once you open yourself up to that your life will be so full.
Finally – Be In The Moment. Instead of thinking about the next big thing or worrying about the future, enjoy the moment you are given right now. Be present to the people around you. You are going to have this awesome thing called and iPhone…you will be addicted to it. But be sure to remember life now without it and that it went on when you weren’t tweeting (oh, you just wait….you will love it!) or facebooking.
All those mistakes you are going to make are going to suck but will be so fun. I’m so jealous of what lies ahead…I would love to live it over again.
Me circa 2012