December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)

If I was able to give myself advice now from five years in the future, I would probably just tell myself to quit worrying and take some risks. Live it up some more. It’s about that time I have left before I can bank on really finally settling into a job (between 2-5 years from, probably). That, and since I’ll be alive to relate the information back to myself, it would imply I’ll survive all those risks. Right? *evil smirk*Okay, so maybe that’s cheating…but no one’s here to slap my wrists for doing it!

Ahhh, but for a decade ago? Ohhhh, so much I could have told myself then. Firstly, would be an idiot and do some dating whether I liked it or not. Get that shit out of the way with when I’m young, so I’m not so clueless in the later years. I shouldn’t have to be figuring this stuff out in my late 20’s! That, and don’t take the first few relationships so seriously. They were casual. They were experimentation, getting into dating. Yes, she might have been a bitch by not being honest with you. Different people have differing thoughts on honesty. Learn to accept that, decide what you need for honesty, and deal. Can’t change that about them, especially if they’re a bit messed up in the head at the time.

Secondly, I had no taste in music. Sure, I thought the music was good. The music was from the Midwest. From North Dakota of all places! Where the radio stations were a near complete monopoly under Clear Channel radio! And on the topic of music, do not quit playing the viola. You’ll enjoy it for the next 4-5 years, take a break from it, and then you’ll regret not staying in practice (something I still need to rectify today, dammit).

Thirdly, stick around in the dorms a bit longer in college. Getting off campus is great for independence, but you lose a huge ton of the social sphere you built up in the dorms. Independence in that first apartment was overrated, anyways. And as an addendum, don’t move in with your friends, until you’ve seen them live on their own first. You might lose a few friends if you don’t check that out first.

Lastly, don’t be a dumbass and leave your bike in an open garage. You shelled out nearly $500 for that bike out of your own funds; go to the trouble to either haul it up a few stairs when you come home for the day, or get a lock on the garage door. Then you won’t feel like such a dipshit when someone steals it out of the garage on a beautiful summer day, when you decided a mid-afternoon nap was more important than remembering to close the door on the garage. *facepalm*

P.S. – Mac computers are the bomb. Sure, x86 machines kicked ass back in the day, and were cheap to build, but Windows isn’t worth your trouble. You loved DOS for a reason. Mac OS X thrived on that reason you loved! But, Macs were kind of meh until the Intel chipsets (at least for horsepower). Keep tinkering with Linux in the meantime, and you’ll be ore than set to be a Mac OS X god by the time you switch over, you crazy techie geek, you!

P.P.S. – PDAs are overrated. I know they look cool. I know they look fun. You don’t believe me now, but it won’t be long before you’re carrying that as a cellular phone. Yes, you’re going to get one of those as well in about 5 years. Quit looking at me in disbelief. I’m serious!

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