A Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self ~ From Herschel


'Letter from World War One describing the journey from Australia to Egypt, 1914: bottom of page one' photo (c) 2007, Ellen Thompson - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Today’s post is from my friend Herschel.  You’ve heard from him before here on the Esau Project.  I keep trying to get him start a blog, which he did for a little while.  I’d love for him to keep writing,but for now, you can go follow him on the Twitter machine.  Enjoy!

Dear Past Herschel,

Don’t be an idiot.

I guess I should explain.

You’re about to go to college.  Let me explain something to you now so it doesn’t surprise you like it did me: you can skip class.  Why am I telling you this?  Because I don’t want you to freak out and go overboard and end up missing everything but the final.  That is called being an idiot.  Don’t do it.

Secondly, you are fat.  I know, pot calling kettle black.  But I am only fat now because you were too lazy to do anything about it then.  That’s right, I’m blaming you.  You’ve left it up to 31 year old me to fix it, and I can’t thank you enough, jerk.  Again, don’t be an idiot.  Do something about it now(then).

Thirdly, you are going to meet people who you really care about and will become great friends.  You are going to do some awesome things.

But you are also going to miss out on some awesome things.  You are a coward.  You are going to choose momentary comfort over adventure.  You are going to choose fear instead of going after the love of your life.  You are going to make poor decisions based on what is easy, rather than what is best.

You are going to have regrets.  They suck.  But they are here now and you will have to live with them.

God doesn’t give us do-overs, but if he did, I’d have a lot of them.  If I could come back to you, I’d change a lot of choices I made.  And yet I’m thankful for the man I am today, because God chooses to still love me in spite of what I’ve done.

Don’t forget that.  Ever.  That would be the biggest idiot move of all.

Future Herschel

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  • I am in awe of this series. Julie, thank you for doing this!

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