If I could write a letter to the person I become in ten years, I would start it by telling my thirty-five year old self to slow down. I've always been the type of girl who is ready to embark on the next chapter of my life. I couldn't wait to turn sixteen so I could finally drive, I couldn't wait to graduate high school and go to college, I couldn't wait to fall in love with the man of my dreams and get married, I couldn't wait to purchase our first home, and now I can't wait to start a family of our own. I'm always waiting anxiously for the next big thing to happen.
I don't know what all the hurry is about. I feel as though I've barely blinked an eye and I've gone from high school senior to married life. It all happened so fast. And while I don't regret a minute of my past, I sometimes feel as though I didn't appreciate where I was in my life at any given time. I spent four years at an amazing university, watched our college football team win two national championships, pledged a sorority where I met two of my best friends, and spent six months living in New York, the greatest city in the world! Life was (and still is) pretty amazing. Then, before that chapter of my life even closed, I was introduced to the man that would later become my best friend, soul mate, and husband. I feel as though I was just flirting with that guy across the bar one night after a kickball game, and here we are just a little over two years later, married and living a fabulous life as newlyweds. Seriously, where did the time go?
We hadn't even received our wedding pictures back from the photographer and I was already anxiously dreaming about the day that we would start a family together and become parents. I've lived my whole life that way. Waiting for the next chapter of the book to start when I haven't even finished filling the pages of the previous chapter.
It's something that I'm constantly working on. Slowing things down and enjoying everything that I've been blessed with today. Stop waiting for the future to happen and start focusing on the present. Truth be told, however, I'm not sure if I'll ever fully be able to stop focusing on the "what comes next" out of life. It's who I've always been and what I've always done. Sometimes though, I just need a gentle reminder to slow down and appreciate everything life has given me today.
So ten years from now, when I'm busy preparing school lunches and scheduling after school activities, preparing my children for the next chapter in his/her life, it would be the perfect moment to open up a letter from my twenty-five year old self. A letter reminding me to stop and look around at everything in my life right now. To stop rushing through the hours of the day, waiting for the next big event.
To slow down. Slow down and enjoy this chapter of the book. Don't just scan the pages so you can move on to the next chapter. You're only given one life to live. Don't rush it.