I believe my letter would go along these lines:
Well met, 10-years-ago-me!
How good it is to see you looking so well! I know, you don’t feel like you’re well, but you’ll get on track. It’ll be okay. I just wanted to tell you of a few things that may help over the next decade.
I tried to put them in chronological order:
- This Christmas, in 2004, you and the family go up to Grandma’s a few weeks ahead of time, as usual. The night before you leave, you have the option to do something with friends. Don’t. Just stay home. It’s a bad night. Or, if you do go, forgive yourself for it. You learn some good lessons.
- When the time comes, report Ervin’s sexual harassment when it happens, and be ready that many people will be assholes about it. Wear you thick skin.
- Don’t go to Toronto with Topher. Toronto is awesome, but the trip sucks. Just break up, which you will anyway.
- When you go to London, do a little more research in things you’d like to see. And take the bus more.
- When you’re in grad school (oh yes, you get your MSW 🙂 ) take the System Dynamics courses. You’ll want to know how to do this; it’s interesting. But, you’ll have to begin early to get all the classes in.
I don’t want to go into too much detail; I don’t really believe in regret because the things that happen in the next 10 years bring you to this point now, and it’s a good point.
*Thanks, Daily Prompt, for this idea