Hey, dude! It’s me – well, you, but older. You’re almost 25 now, but honestly, you constantly forget and insist on believing you’re still 22 because that’s an easier number to remember. Anyway, look kid, you got a lot of things in store for you in the next decade and a half, so let me drop some knowledge that might help you see the big picture.
First things first, you know those dreams you have of going to college, then law school? YOU DID IT, KID! You made that happen, but not exactly the way you had planned. You’ll see what I mean later. The important thing you need to know is that things don’t always follow the plans you set out for yourself, and that’s okay. Some of those changes you made on your own and some were curveballs that life threw at you. At times it might feel like the world is not on your side, but I promise you’ll get through it.
On that note, I also need you to know that even though you love school, you’re definitely going to hate law school. Not because of the material – that stuff is fascinating. I’m talking about the environment that law school creates and how small it makes you feel. You’re going to feel like quitting every single day, but remember why you’re doing this. It’s only three years of school and then you get to do what you love for the rest of your life. Hang in there, kid.
In other news, you’re not married yet and you don’t have kids yet. Trust me when I say you’re in absolutely no position to need either right now. You still call mom when you need help cooking salmon and Dad is so used to you calling him about car troubles that he’s not even phased by it anymore. You also haven’t fallen in love yet but that’s okay because girlz rule and boyz drool. Seriously, the guys you’ll be around aren’t what you’re looking for. Plus, you’re going to be so busy with school that they’d only slow you down.
You haven’t had your heart broken by a boy, but you’ll definitely have it broken by some of your best friends, and that may be equally as painful. Some of it will be your fault, and some of it will be you just realizing that it maybe wasn’t meant to last. Remember when mom said that your friends may not always be there for you? She was right. (PS: Mom is always right, so don’t even fight it. She’s also 95% psychic, too, so that’s cool.) Just wait it out, though because after college you’ll realize that the people who stuck around are the ones that really matter and who are going to be with you for the long run.
In a few years you’ll start reading magazines and wonder what your “fashion style” is. I’m sorry to inform you that even by 25 you still haven’t figured it out. Your fashion can best be labeled as “Didn’t-Think-I’d-Be-Leaving-The-House Chic.” Somehow you manage to put clothes together that are for the most part socially acceptable. Oh, and quick note: save the jewelry and the toys you have now because they’re going to be really cool again in a few years.
Mom and Dad are great and they’re doing so well. It may be hard for you to understand this now, but the toughest part about growing up will be realizing that they’re human too. Right now you see them as your superheroes, and they always will be, but you’ll also see them at the end of the day when they’ve stopped saving the world. You’ll understand that they are just doing their best with what they have each and every day. But beware, this realization doesn’t come overnight. You and Dad are cut from the same cloth so you’ll both be stubborn and argue a lot. Just cut it out, it’s not worth it. Only later once you’re law school years will you see the importance of acknowledging Dad’s argument, seeing the value in it, and proposing a solution. Funny how law school does that to you, huh? As for Mom, she’s an angel and you already know that, but you’ll learn that she is actually your soul sister. You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind. Cherish her as a mother, a confidant, and as a guide because there truly is no one like her.
We have to talk about your body image because at the tender age of 8 you’ve already started comparing it to other people. Remember that girl who called you fat on the playground last year and who you grabbed by the ears and shook because you were so mad? We still feel okay about it today. Listen, you’re going to have good and bad days when it comes to the way you look and feel. That’s fine, but don’t ever give yourself any self-hate over it because the media’s already got that covered. Even now at almost 25 you still struggle to love every part of yourself. Don’t get frustrated because it’s a constant process.
Okay, last couple of things you need to be mentally prepared for: Beyonce will stop the world when that Lemonade drop – don’t worry, this will all be clear in due time. This thing called “Hamilton” is going to change your life, but as always, you’re going to behind with the times, so just be ready to feel lost when you don’t understand references right away. Last thing, once fall of 2015 comes around, convince Mom and Dad to try and move to Canada as soon as possible because this guy named Donald Trump is trying to become the president and he’s going to destroy America. Leave while you still can.
Good luck out there, kid