I took this picture of myself the morning of my 22nd birthday – September 11, 2002.
Apparently I was really happy to be 22. And why not? I had a super cute husband (we’d been married for a whole five months), a steady full-time job, a season pass to Disneyland, season tickets to the Dodgers and I could sleep as late as I wanted on the weekends. I had suffered a miscarriage about a week prior but I was trying not to dwell on it too much.
Here’s what I wish I would have known then.
1. All that money you think David and you are making should be saved! Forget about those season passes and tickets. You’re going to want to buy a house someday.
2. It’s okay to get upset over the baby you just lost. However, keep in mind that you still have a lot of time to grow your family, in fact, you’ll be blessed with four beautiful kids. The first will be arriving in about four years.
3. You and David should travel more. So much more.
4. That pudge you’re starting to notice around your waistline? Do something about it! It’s going to get out of control.
5. Don’t be so lazy. Sure you play softball weekly, but David and you should go on nightly runs. You’re going to be pooped in ten years.
6. Explore California more. For someone who grew up in such an interesting state, with so much to do, you didn’t do much. You’ll be leaving in less than two years.
7. You know that writing you do every once in a blue moon… you know how people say you have knack for it? Start honing that skill now. That way instead of working on homework assignments ten years from now, you’ll be spending more time with your future kids.
8. Don’t buy the 1960 Plymouth Valiant. Did you already do that? Am I too late? Yes, it’s a cool car, but save a little longer and get something that requires that less work be put into it.
9. Ask David what he wants his career to be. What does he want to do for the rest of his life? You both bring in the money right now, but several months into your first pregnancy you’ll quit your job. Get David into a career he likes so that when the time comes for him to be the sole bread winner, he actually looks forward to going into work.
10. Talk a little more at work. Talk a little more in general. Why are you so shy? You’re cute and kind of witty and people like you. Talking more will lead you places (especially at work).
As for the next ten years… take it one day at a time. Take care of yourself and your family. Do more things together and enjoy your kids while they are little. They’ll be driving before you know it!
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