A Letter To My 21 Year Old Self
This article is posted under Life Lessons.
This letter comes to you from across a decade of time in the future; hoping that it reaches you at a week’s moment before you walk up that stage to accept your diploma.
If so, then I say congratulations! You’ve made it through university life.
It was hard and challenging, but I know we had lots of fun.
Don’t be sad that college is over, and you’re packing your stuff for the very last time to leave the dorm where you’ve spent the past few years living in. Because now, better and greater things await you.
You know those four friends whom you spent last weekend with drinking in Katipunan? You’ll be best friends with them for many years.
All of you will eventually find work in Metro Manila and you’ll spend a couple more years together – meeting after work and looking back to your college days with fond memories.
Two of them will eventually leave the country, but it will not matter because by that time, a website named Friendster will be there; and a few more years, Facebook – two incredible social networking sites that will guarantee your friendships will survive the test of distance.
I know you’re anxious and fearful of what’s ahead.
A few more weeks and you’ll be starting your board examination review. Don’t worry too much and just attend your classes. Trust me when I say that you’ll eventually pass the board.
So congratulations in advance, because a year from now, you’ll be an engineer.
But enough about telling your future, for that is not the real purpose of my writing.
I am here to give you a few pieces of advice, which I know you’d appreciate receiving – specially before you finally go out to live the rest of your life.
First, don’t be in such a hurry to live independently from your parents. You’ve been away from home most of your college life, and they miss you. Spend a few more years with them, before you go to live in your own apartment.
Second, begin saving a part of your income every pay day. You should know that your first paycheck will come a few months from now; because yes, you’ll eventually accept that teaching job which the Math department offered you last week.
Third, start buying good, quality clothes that you can wear to the office as early as now. Stop buying walking shorts and t-shirts because you already have more than enough. You’ll thank me for this when you get your first corporate job two years from now.
Fourth, when you go home tomorrow, after you unpack your stuff in your room. Open your box of old high school textbooks and look for Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. You’ve read that once in high school for a book review, you should read it again and this time, apply what it says to your life.
And lastly, remember that learning doesn’t stop when you graduate from college – so continue studying. Learn about the stock market, I know you’ll enjoy that. Buy a book about entrepreneurship, because that will eventually become your passion.
I guess this is a good time to end my letter.
I know you’re hoping that I’ll give you the winning lotto numbers tomorrow, but I don’t think it will do you much good.
It’s not that I don’t want to make life easy for you. Please don’t think of it that way. Instead, think of it as my way of encouraging you to become the self-made millionaire that you deserve to be.
Again, congratulations and take care of yourself.
All the best,
You future self in 2012
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