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May 2012′s Healthy Living Tuesdays topic is “A Letter to My Future Self.” This letter comes from Miranda of Biting Life - where she discussing living one bite at a time. Miranda’s blog focuses on food, fitness, and living in the moment Take it away, Miranda!!
Dear 30-Year-Old Miranda,
Right now, you’re only 20… but I bet the next ten years will go by faster than you ever thought possible. In the last 10 years, you’ve accomplished so much. You graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in English, you went to grad school, and now you have a Master’s too. You’re probably working at some super cool company, writing blog posts and working with social media. Maybe you’re even a writer. You never really talk about it, but secretly that’s what you’ve always wanted to do with your life.
Do you have kids? I know I’m always talking about how I don’t want kids. But if you do, that’s okay. You totally have the right to change your mind about that stuff. They’re probably adorable and I’m sure you love them to pieces. I bet they even inherited your insanely curly hair (which is actually kind of cute, even though I know you hate it sometimes).
You’re probably married. You always seemed like the type to get married young. I hope you and your husband don’t become one of those couples who hate each other and never talk anymore. You should be with somebody who loves and adores you just as much as you deserve. And you should treat them the same way.
This is kind of random, but… you know that positive attitude you’ve always had? Well, I hope that stuck around. It’s my favorite part about you. I hope you never got beat down by the world so much that you let it go. Because that positive outlook on life is what makes people love you so much. When you have that wide-eyed, dimple-cheeked smile… instead of scrunched-up eyebrows and a frown? That’s what makes you amazing. And you are amazing, you know.
I bet you have a million friends, too. A few years back, you realized that being insecure and having low self-esteem wasn’t worth it. The world doesn’t wait for anybody, and you will never be able to get that time back. So you just decided to put yourself out there – joined a book club or an art class or something. And you made friends. It wasn’t as hard as you thought it would be (it never is). And these are the friends that you’ll have for the rest of your life. They’re the friends who give you just as much respect as you give them.
And you know what finally helped you take that step and gain all that self-confidence? Losing about 80 pounds. Let’s be honest with each other – it’s what needed to happen. And it is what happened. Because you realized that life was too short to continue stuffing yourself with brownies. It was time to make a change. And you made that change. So far, it’s lasted for 10 long years. And it will last for the rest of your life.
You are healthy and in control of your life. You are in a committed long-term relationship. You might even have kids. You have great relationships with your family and friends. And most of all… you are happy.