Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.
First of all, if I were to be having coffee with my younger self of 10 years my younger self would be drinking hot chocolate topped to the lid with whip cream, not coffee. While I would sip skinny vanilla latte or cafe americano with skim milk – no whip cream. How times have changed. My younger self would undoubtedly be thinking about her upcoming 17th birthday, which I cannot recall. I was probably also in the process of getting cattle ready for the annual beef expo.
Telling my younger self how things have changed over the last then years would undoubtedly be a challenge and an opportunity to tell her all the great things that are yet to come. I would start by telling her that high school is a very short time of her life with no responsibility (no one listens to this), but that college will give her the greatest and closest friends she’s ever known and that she would experience some unexpected emotional challenges.
The most challenging experience so far though, I would have to tell her, is that the life she pictured that day will change. The idea of graduating college, getting married and continuing to show cows won’t pan out like you think it will and even if she doesn’t realize it, she’ll be glad it doesn’t. However, when it doesn’t work out that way she’ll be left with the great unknown and what to do next. This challenge will last longer than expected.
The most rewarding experience is that she’ll be brave enough to pack her bags only a few days after graduation, head to a new city and start an internship not that close to home. She’ll meet new people, become close friends with acquaintances and have her eyes opened to parts of the world she didn’t even know existed.
She’ll have a lot of great times over the next ten years. One of the most fun things (and rewarding) that she’ll get to do is travel. May it be through school or junior activities, work or vacation with friends or family, she’ll travel to locations she never even thought about visiting or never thought possible – and she’ll love every minute of it! (Ok, maybe not the time she was stranded overnight in Newark airport with no overnight bag. Details.)
I’ll tell her she’ll have an unexplainable love-hate relationship with life over the next ten years, but to have faith and march on. And stop consuming so much sugar.