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The other day I was talking to a friend about parenting, and how kids never seem to listen to their parents, and just do what they want. The thing that bothers me most is that I wish I had someone that had provided me guidance or tell me what to do or not do when I was young. I mean come on if someone told me when I was 18 that if I put away 100 dollars a month in some type of investment, I could end up with a nice amount depending on the rate of return. If someone told me that every Tuesday lightning strikes on the east side of the fence, I would be sure to avoid the east side of the fence on Tuesdays. Then you get those adults that tell you that you need to let go of your children and let them learn on their own, allow them to make their own mistakes – look you turned out ok. But why does everything need to be learned the hard way, why can’t some things simply be learned by us while we are kids that could potentially help us out somehow in our future.
Now, I am not sure at what point in time I would want to write to my younger self, but I think that the best time for me to write to my younger self would be when I was wrapping up my senior year in High School. I think that point in my life happens to be one of the most difficult times in my life. Now, as I said, children never seem to listen to their parents, so I am not sure if my younger self would listen, but if I could write anything, except of course for lottery numbers, Stocks, things like that, that personally could change my life, such as a decision in some point in my life, this is what I would say.
Dear future me, where do I start? In about a month, mom will pass on. I know you have been taking care of her for the past two years, and trust me, you have done everything that an 18-year-old could do. The months that follow mom’s passing are going to be extremely hard and you will be alone, but do not be afraid to ask others for help. If you are not sure where to buy a couch, a bed, a dresser, and so on, just ask someone, preferably a reliable adult, maybe ask the waitress at your job, I am sure she would be happy to help. You will be changing careers, but you are asking yourself how that can be if I am still in college, well, about the second year into college it will become tougher to study and work but don’t worry, you will be fine. Keep going to college, you will meet certain people along the way and the bit of school knowledge you get will come in handy for what comes next. You will eventually come across several business ideas and start a few on your own, my suggestion is to not give up, even though it seems hard, and you will eventually come of age to start clubbing but keep doing the businesses. You will eventually have a few, do them all, the work you put into them now will provide you with what you dreamed of and deserve. You won’t be rich, but you will be happy with how it all turns out. As you go through life, you will fall in love and get heartbroken many-many times, but don’t let that stop you from being you, because you will find love.
Now, about love, during your clubbing days, on a Tuesday (trust me you will know), you will meet a lady that has been staring at you and you at her for some time. You will ask her to dance and will dance a few sets, but whatever you do, please do not walk out after the last dance, stick around, and see what happens. There will be a couple of instances where you will meet someone that you consider just a friend, but there seems to be more than just a friends connection, and the signs will be there, but you are going to be hesitant, because you do not want to lose what you have with them; well do not think about that and just go with it, trust your gut, and see what could possible become of it – I have a feeling that something extraordinary could come about from one of these instances.
There will come a point in your life where you will begin a blog and will think about not continuing the other business, whatever you do don’t stop running the other businesses and keep going with the blog. It might seem like a lot and there will be people telling you not to do it, so whatever you do or what anyone tells you, please do not stop blogging or stop running your businesses, these are things that you truly enjoy. So, no matter who tells you to stop, don’t listen to them, keep doing it and even if you need to cut back on your TV time a bit to put in a post or run an ad. I promise that blogging and those businesses will be big, and you will have a decade of experience into this phenomenon – don’t stop whatever happens – whatever happens.
You will end up getting married and will have children. The only thing here that I can tell you is, please talk to your wife and make sure that she does not open her own bank account. Go to another bank if she does not like yours, trust me, the day she opens her own bank account is the day that all the troubles in your marriage will start. So, work with her and make sure that you keep your finances together. I promise you that your marriage life will be a whole lot better. The last thing I want to say is that there will be times you are utterly feeling alone, but I promise you that you are worth more than you could ever imagine – you are special, and you will go a long way in life. Just stick to your businesses, and blog and you will see nothing but results. I was going to say “Best of Luck”, but instead I am going to say, “I love you – Love Your Self” it is not selfish – love yourself.
As always, I want to thank you for stopping by, I know it has been a while since I posted, I think I am going through one of my lows, but I think I am back, and with that, I leave you with this thought by James A Froude, “You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one”.