There's this song from Brad Paisley where he writes a letter to himself when he was 17. He warns the younger version of himself against certain activities and encourages him towards others.
I thought I would write this letter to myself at that age (or any earlier age) and as I was doing this, I realized that I wouldn't change anything. Not even the Very Bad Things from when I was a child. All these things I've done and seen and been through - every one of them has shaped me in to who I am today.
The instability of my childhood, the reasons I joined the Army, my time in the Army, the job I had when I got out of the military, the 2 years it took me to sign up for massage school, the classmates I had in that school, the job I took after graduating.
Every opportunity. Every missed opportunity. Every lesson. Every misstep. Every adventure. Every tragedy. Every love. Every heartbreak. Every person. Every moment.
All of it led up to this incredible life. The life I've lived and the life I have now. And I wouldn't give up any of it.
How about you? Anything you'd like to say to your younger self? Anything you'd change or do differently?
Writing it down, Ruth!