The following is a letter I wrote to my future self last year. It is a direct quote unless I transcribed something wrong.
This is a letter from the present-tense self to my future self but will be read from the perspective of my past self to my present self. To God, however, a day is the same as a thousand years and all of the aforementioned tenses are meaningless so here goes.
If this letter is being read in the latter part of spring (2014) most of the things that are occupying your mind have been resolved. Graduate schools have made their decisions, the paper has been published or rejected, Jeanette will have a date and location for her wedding, Julianna will have almost finished at STEM, Joseph will have adapted to life at Duquesne, you better get off your ass and have the book finished by now , and (God willing) you have a new grandbaby and hopefully two more on the way.
Those worries will be replaced with a new crop of concerns but God will always be the center of your life and will gently nudge you when things get out of alignment.
A few words of advice….
Go easy on yourself. Before you open your mouth just treat yourself like you would treat one of the kids.
When you feel blue, reach out, do not isolate yourself.
Sometimes you need to say no and that’s ok.
Know your friends and your not-friends.
Try to remember this because it is a little experiment: Live the way you want it to turn out. Sort of prime the pump and see what happens.
Blessings to my future self.