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?)
(Author: Jenny Blake)
Five years from now I will be fifty-one years old. Will I feel grown up then? Will I be stepping into my destiny? Will I be through this transition from motherhood to wise woman of age?
Letter to my now self re: this journey to my future self:
You are far more capable than you will ever realize. With strength and grace, you are able to navigate some difficult situations. Remember that you are not alone. There are those you have been this path before, they will help guide you.
I know that you resist structure but it is needed. Do all that you can to maintain some strong daily rhythms. Only in being disciplined and prepared will you be able to enjoy the spontaneous moments of life. Plan for time well spent with those you love.
Your body is shifting and entering a new place. Be gentle with it. Get your rest, drink your water and choose foods to nourish you and to nurture you. Move. Stretch. Dance.
Your spiritual path will become more focused for you this year. You will make your way to a place of comfort and peace. There will be an acceptance of what it is an d a return to some things cherished. The struggle will become less and a season of rest and repose will be prevalent.
You have been in seasons of waiting. You have all the pieces and it is now time to put them order. What you will find when you do that will be your big beautiful life.
Namaste my friend.
and now a note to the past:
Dear 2000 Cynthia,
It’s going to be ok. I know you think that all you’ve tried so desperately to do, with the best intentions, has failed to be productive at all. I know you feel some amount of self-betrayal as the formulas you have been following have proven themselves empty and useless. I know you have discovered that the goals were all the wrong ones anyway.
It’s going to be ok. You will soon be facing more trials and there will be moments that you feel like you have failed in everything and that you might lose it all. Just remember that it is going to be ok. The best I can tell you that you will make no great mistakes in the next ten years. So quit worrying. Somehow through it all, you will know the right things to do and to say. You will know when to be soft and when to be tough. Take encouragement that even when your actions or choices or words have been less than perfect or ideal, still it is going to be ok.
Don’t be afraid to take every wonderful wobbling step that will be before you. You will be exploring places you can’t even imagine and with each step you will shed one more mask that you have been wearing for so long. At the end of this next ten years, you will be so close to your authentic self. Let me tell you … she is beautiful. She is strong. She is able.
See you soon.