Dear Future Me

Dear Future Me

I hope life is all you ever wanted and more.
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Dear Future Me,

As you’re reading this, remember the ambitious 19-year-old writing this from her dorm room. Right now, my biggest worries involve my grades and my social life. I want to meet a guy worthy enough of my presence, and I need to go the gym more to avoid the freshman 15 as a sophomore.

I hope you’re living the dream. I hope you have a career you love and one you have dreamed of. I hope it doesn’t feel like a job, but more like your passion.

I hope you’ve found a guy that makes you smile so hard. I hope he makes you realize how pathetic some guys were back in high school and college. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t say that because maybe you met in college, but you get my point.

I hope every night you are tucking in your beautiful children, reading them a story, and kissing their foreheads. I hope they look up to you the same way you look at Mom and Dad.

I hope you have your loyal friends, the same ones I have today. I hope you still go out to brunch, have movie nights and gossip at all hours of the day. I hope you were in all their weddings and I hope you spoil their kids like they are your own.

I hope you haven’t forgotten your love for travel and your passport is filled with stamps and your mind is full of memories. Hang on to that because it makes life more exciting.

I hope that you didn't settle for anything in life. You are amazing, so there is no reason to settle. Be confident in your skills and abilities and everything will work out.

I know you are a planner, but if things didn’t work out that way, don’t stress. No matter where you've ended up in life, I hope you know you are exactly where you are supposed to be, whether or not it's what you had planned.

Don’t forget about me.

Love,

Current self

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

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3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

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4. Try out skiing.

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5. Try out snow boarding.

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6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

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18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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Fall in love with being alive

Stop waiting for tomorrow, live for today.

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Every day, I wake up and I instantly think about all the things I have going on: Am I working? Spending time with family and friends? Relaxing? Whatever the case, my thoughts immediately delve into the course of events I have set out to follow that day, that week, that month, etc.

I don't know if any of you relate to this, but it seems my days are so meticulously planned out, every day just another checklist to finish before I hit the pillow and get ready to do it all over again. Go to work. Work out. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. Living life in a constant cycle, I sometimes find myself dreading my daily activities, always anticipating the next event, not being happy with where I am right now.

Because of this, I wonder: Am I ever living for today, or even better, the present moment?

As I consider this question, a quote from Thích Nhat Hanh comes to mind:

"We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive."

What has happened to me, to us all, that we are so focused on always pushing forward, on preparing ourselves for the next two, ten steps, that we have diverted our focus from our current surroundings?

It seems to me to we do not only have difficulty remembering we are alive in the present moment as Thich Nhat Hanh says, but also that we have forgotten to fall in love with simply being alive.

I have talked about mindfulness and living in the present moment before, and today I want to go even deeper, to really consider what it means to live to be alive, and nothing else.

One of my favorite quotes goes, "I hope there are days where you fall in love with being alive," and that is something that I wish for you, that I wish for me.

I'd like to say that I have a good idea about how to do this, but, as I was explaining earlier, I am in the same trap of mindless routine as you all. Yes, I do many things to help shift this mindset, but there are still days that I forget what a blessing it simply is to be alive, to be walking this earth.

As I'm writing this and considering more what this idea of falling in love with being alive means, the image of children comes to my mind.

Think of a baby, or a small toddler who gets excited at the little things. You can be playing peekaboo or giving them their food, with a spoon coming at them like an airplane and you will find them smiling like crazy, giggling endlessly.

There is something so pure, so innocent, so freeing about how satisfied children are while doing such mundane things. This is a feeling I think we should all aim to embody in our daily lives.

I think what it comes down to is not only doing our very best to live in the present and live for today, but living for the little moments. I find the days I am most at peace with my life are the days where I embrace someone giving me an offhand compliment, I sit down and truly enjoy a good meal, I have a really satisfying workout, or have a day full of good conversation.

We spend our lives always pushing forward for the big moments, but I think, in the end, it's the little moments that make it possible for us to fall in love with life.

I am not by any means suggesting we stop our daily pursuits. What I am saying is that we take time to reflect and really enjoy the little moments that make up the bigger picture of our life. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured. Remember that.

Fall in love with the way the sunshine hits your face when you walk outside, the sound of one of your loved ones laughing, the relaxation you feel when your head hits the pillow after a long day, the laughter that comes from your favorite tv show.

These everyday occurrences are what matter most.

The big moments are only time markers enveloping the little moments that make life worth living.

I believe in you, readers. Start living for today, for right now. Start falling in love with being alive.


Talk soon,

Sam

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