Dear 73-Year Old Jodi:
It was one thing to look back and give wisdom to young Jodi, even though we couldn’t do anything about it “then,” but what would I like to say to the future Jodi 20 years from now at 73 years old?
53 is a good age. How is 73 treating us?
At 13, I thought 53 was ancient, but guess what? It really doesn’t feel that way.
Nick asked me just last week, when time turned the number up a notch to 53, how it felt to be 53 years old. I think he expected me to complain about getting “old,” but I surprised him (and hubby, who literally laughed out loud) when I told him it felt pretty darned great! “53! It’s the number to be,” I said smiling and raising my arms as if I’d won an Olympic gold medal.
Do we still feel that way about being 73? I hope so.
Right now, I know that on the inside, we are still the same person at 53 that we were at 43 or 33 or 23 or 13 or 3. Who cares if the skin is a bit saggier, we have more wrinkles, more gray hair, rounder bellies?! We’ve earned it! If we made it this far, we have had the privilege of experiencing and enjoying every other one of those numbers, so let’s not waste our life wanting to go back to them. Let’s embrace right now and what the present offers us. We only get one chance – 365 days – to be this age – so let’s make the best of it. Let’s use all the experience and wisdom we gained in the last 72 years to make this the best year yet.
When you read this, dear 73-yearold Jodi, lift your arms in victory, smile, and boldly declare, “73! It’s the number to be!”
Have you heard of FutureMe.org? Apparently it has been around since 2004, but I’ve just learned about it. According to their site, over 4 million letters have been written to the future by people just like you and me. Wouldn’t it be fun to receive a surprise letter from the past you some day you choose in the future?
Usually it is the future that will reflect back on the present, but FutureMe.org decided to flip that around based on the principle that memories are less accurate than emails.
So why not give it a go? Send your future self “some words of inspiration, or maybe a swift kick in the pants!” “Share some thoughts on where you’ll be or what you’ll be up to in a year, three years.. more?” FutureMe.org will do the travel magic and deliver the letter (via email) to you – Future YOU!
Cheers & Hugs,