Friday, June 22, 2012

20 Something Bloggers Carnival: A letter to 24-year-old Me

So it's the five-year anniversary of 20-Something Bloggers, and they're having a blog carnival! They sent out the following prompt, and hey, I don't think I've done one of these on this blog, so here ya go!

Write a letter to yourself five years ago. What have you accomplished? What do you regret? What are you most proud of? How has your life and/or your blog evolved in the last five years? What do you wish you could tell yourself five years ago?

So, Tara v.'s June 22nd, and hey, you're in Long Island to be a bridesmaid at the lovely Allie Solomon's wedding!

There are a few things going on in your life right now - so I'm going to tackle them one by one. Because that's how I roll, or something.
  • Stop fretting about Christy's passport. It will arrive about a week before the two of you leave for Europe. But be proud of yourself for taking the initiative when it didn't arrive in the 8-10 weeks they promised...because if you hadn't, she probably wouldn't be getting it on time.
  • You finally started running again a couple of months ago...keep that up! Seriously, health-wise and weight-wise it's one of the best decisions you'll ever make. And you will grow to love it, I promise :)
  • Quite soon you'll finally reach the point where you look back on the College Program with fondness, yet at the same time don't miss it. So even though right now you still remember it as one of the most carefree and fun times of your life and you feel that it is just slipping away, even though you hate that you don't remember very many details about it any more, even though you're thinking that you just don't want to grow up and letting go of the CP means you me, what you have now is better than any of that.
  • In about a week and a half you will meet a wonderful Australian babe named Natalie, and you damn well better keep good on your promise to keep in touch with her because 5 years later she will be buying a plane ticket to meet you in Vegas for your 30th birthday celebrations (and that's AFTER you meeting her there in 2010 and your going on the same eastern Europe tour in 2011!):
Natalie and I (you?) in Vegas, December 2010 - first time seeing each other since meeting in July 2007!
Well there I go, answering the last question from the prompt first ;) Might as well work my way backwards (what's new, with me? haha). You don't have a public blog right now...and that's probably a good thing. Keep it that way. Start this one in late 2010, when you're nearly 28 years old and know what is and is not appropriate to put online.

As for your life evolving...child, in about one year you will turn your life upside down. It will be the best decision that you've ever made, and though part of me would love to say "make it sooner"...well, changing when you make it would likely effect the outcome, and trust me when I say that you don't want that. You'll make a lot of crappy mistakes throughout the next year - a lot - but I suppose if I can look back on them without true regret, you'll feel the same way. Because, you know, you're me. And all.

I will say that you will eventually wish you wrote (actual writing, not blogging!) more, and that is probably the biggest regret that you'll have from this period of your life. Nothing you can do about it now, though, except buckle down and focus on your writing as much as possible...which is what I'm doing anyway, so I suppose we've got that covered ;)

So in conclusion - most of your accomplishments have been personal ones, though you're definitely better off on the job front as well. That's one thing I will tell you - you will leave the travel agency and have to take a part-time job that results in you adopting the best dog ever:

(admittedly, at times I'm pretty sure she thinks she's a cat)
Anyway, it will take a few months for you to find a full-time job, but that job will last you at least this long, you'll be making more money, and you won't be stuck in a dead-end career. So there's that.

Enjoy the next five years in ways only you know how, capisce? That's one thing I'll say, you're damn good at knowing how to live life to the fullest ;)

- Tara v. 2012

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  1. Some of our greatest accomplishments are the personal ones, the ones that only we're aware of. Keep on writing! Thanks for participating in 20SB's Blog Carnival :)

  2. This is lovely :) Thanks for sharing!