Dear Future Me,
Hey...how are you? It's so awkward writing a letter to myself. I just don't know where to start. Maybe I should tell you about where you are right now as you type this letter?
You're 32. You have a one year old son and he is the center of your universe. I bet that doesn't change, huh? You have a wonderful husband and he makes your life complete. You could not have done anything you are doing now without him now. He takes care of the baby until you get home from work which is sometimes 9 pm and also handles all the household duties and responsibilities so that you can rock the baby and put him to sleep, then power up your laptop and work on homework. You are about halfway finished with your master's degree right now and holding steady with a 4.0 GPA.
You work entirely too much and know that this is just going to take you one step further in your dream career. You don't go out much, and sadly...you and the husband have NEVER been out on a date since the birth of the baby. (Please tell me this has changed?!?! Make it a point to date your husband!!!!)
I have so many questions for you right now, too. For example, What good books have you read? Do you have any other hobbies? Are you still blogging? Who are your friends? Where are you living?
Future Me, I hope you are a principal. I hope you are changing lives. I hope you have revolutionized the school system and are helping make a difference in the literacy gap that haunts our city and nation. I hope you are happy and that life has given you all that you need to succeed.
By the time you read this, the baby won't be a baby any longer. He will hopefully be in college and chasing his dreams. Maybe the husband has won the battle of turning him into a pro-golfer or baseball player. A mother can dream, right?
Maybe, Future Me, you have more kids? Maybe you have grandkids? Maybe you no longer live in Houston but have finally decided to skip town and moved to Hawaii like you always talked about? (Doubtful, but again, a mother can dream, right??)
Future Me, I just want you to remember this: YOU ARE BLESSED. You have so much to give to your family and all the hard work you have put into your life WILL BE WORTH IT.
When you read this, go kiss your husband. Call your son. Call your other children if you have them. Go outside and breath. Plant a tree. Do something that will leave a legacy. Do something that will document the blessings in your life. You only live once- breath deeply. Love harder. Count the blessings that never cease.