Today has brought along another prompt from the Trust 30 team and Project Domino and it is once again a prompt I felt compelled to take part in. The topic: what would I say to the person I was five years ago… and to the person I am five years from now.
What a great topic.
In many ways, my blog posts are to me five years ago… And to me in five years.
Me five years ago was graduating from high school, eyes wide open… and in many ways eyes wide shut. Cool was the ultimate objective, and values were a distant future. Learning was a chore and hard work was a means to an end. College was fast approaching and friendships were shallow and short-lived. Me five years ago needed work… I needed a different perspective on life and a new paradigm through which to view the world. But that’s part of growing up. Me five years ago needed a mentor and best friend to look up to and teach me the right way to do things. To teach me about the truly important things in life and what really matters at the end of the day. Me five years ago: forget about cool, forget about the parties, forget about what you think is important. Go, explore the world. Go, have fun by investing in others. Tell the truth and be faithful to your friends and family. Find friends that care about you and want you to be happy. And, most of all, be your own person by being true to yourself.
Me in five years… Slow down. Yes, you’re moving up in the world, but don’t forget the ‘little’ people. Work doesn’t matter nearly as much as family and friends do. Don’t let work break your spirit. Dreams are not meant to take a back seat to reality. Dreams are reality waiting to happen. Don’t get complacent – keep pushing. Found a business, change the world, inspire people to be better, to live better, to join you in the important battle of staying young and imaginative. Age means nothing. There is no set timeline, and there are nothing but endless possibilities. You’re not stuck and nobody can tell you where you’re going. If you feel lost: get back to your roots. Read, find your friends, get out into nature, invest in family, travel the world. If you’ve found your passion: pursue it relentlessly and find other courageous people and invite them along for the ride.
Dear me then, now, and going forward: Life is good, people care, and the world is waiting. Go get it.