We’ve often read what people would tell their younger selves. What would you tell your older self?
Here is what I would tell my older self…
Dear Older Self,
I watch you work so hard every day. You’re up early, you get dressed and go to work five sometimes six days a week occasionally even seven. You’re straight out at work with so many responsibilities. You often get overwhelmed to the brink and over the brink of tears. You give 110% of yourself, you take great pride in all that you do. It matters that it is right and presentable. You are extremely conscientious about your work, you don’t slack off or let anything slide, it is all important, no matter how small. Everyone comes to you to “fix” things. You wear so many hats, you stock the bathroom, empty wastebaskets, prep water cooler bottles, fix copier and printer jams, if there is an electrical issue, a boiler issue, a building maintenance issue, a personnel issue, equipment needs, computer needs, help others download software updates, solve phone problems when they go down, and so much more, everyone comes to you for everything. Of course then there is your actual job as comptroller, bookkeeper, financial officer, human resources, payroll person, when you have time to do that!
When did you stop dreaming? When did you stop following your dream? When did you let your passion go, your zest for life? When did you give up? When did you stop having fun?
I’m here to tell you it’s NOT too late. You can realize your dreams. You can have new dreams, new desires, a new zest for life, but you must follow my instructions or you will stay in the very rut you are in now. Ready?
- Play more, work less
- Laugh so hard at things you snort
- Skip or stomp around the house in a fun way
- Sing often and loudly
- Indulge your imagination, get carried away with it
- Watch the Sound of Music and sing along
- Eat your favorite snack and totally enjoy it
- Make snow angels
- Enjoy the simple things for they will give you the most joy
- Go outside, absorb and observe nature
- Put on your favorite music and dance, dance, dance
- Follow your heart
- Dream big dreams for yourself and make them come true!
When we were young you always wanted to be older, now that you are older you wish that we were young, be both!
Take the wisdom that comes with age and meld it with the thrill of being young and create the wise, young at heart, fun-loving you that is just itching to come out and enjoy life again. No more being bogged down with work!
As a great coach says, do your job and do it well! But I’ll add, don’t let it take you over…as “they” say…life’s too short!!
So my older self you needed this little pep talk, please, come talk to me anytime, I miss you and I’ll remind you how to have fun. Now go out there skipping, smiling, singing and laughing all the way!!
I love you.