To 21-year old Marisa
Two posts in one day...can you handle it??!! My son is still napping and Will is taking Baby Girl for a quick walk outside, so I thought I'd link up with Holly and write a letter to my 21-year old self. There are quite a few things I have to say, and now is the perfect time to say them. So, without further ado...
Dear 21-year old Marisa,
1. You are not fat. Stop talking about how fat you are. You kind of have a rockin' body, even though you think you have some work to do. Quite frankly, your 31-year old self would kill to look that way again.
2. All those trips to the hair salon, to get that "longish hair on the sides, and short and spiky in the back" look? Stop. Just stop. Same goes for the reddish-purple hair dye.
3. Stop watching Sex in the City on your computer on the weekends, and stop fantasizing about life after college as a writer in New York. That show is so far from reality, it's not even funny. Writers do not make that much money. Certainly not a sex columnist who write a weekly article for a newspaper other than the New York Times. In real life, only the super wealthy can afford to eat every single meal out at a NYC restaurant and buy designer shoes and handbags.
4. Go back to church. You stop attending weekly Mass at this point in your life, and it's not a good idea. Mass is good for you. Confession is good for you.
5. Visit your favorite violin teacher every time you get the chance, whether you're home for the summer, home for a long weekend, or just want a quick violin lesson from a teacher who isn't an egotistical jackass. Sadly, there will come a time in the not-too-distant future that you will have to say goodbye, and you will always feel like you should have spent more time with him.
6. Do not get a credit card. Do not get a credit card. DO NOT GET A CREDIT CARD (until you're 25 and you need one in order to rent a car).
7. That hot Army guy you're dating? Good for you for doing everything in your power to make that relationship work. He's a great man, and truly great men are hard to find. You're going to make a lot of mistakes, but fortunately dating/marrying the wrong man isn't one of them.
8. Don't take that job at Eddie Bauer the summer after you graduate college. Those people suck, and they will make you miserable.
9. Learn how to cook when you're home for the summer. You will save yourself a lot of $$ and burnt meals in the future.
10. Learn, and I mean REALLY learn a new language. It will benefit you in countless ways.
Good luck and Godspeed.
31-year old Marisa