Five Years by Corbett Barr
There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be
each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say
to the person you’ll be in five years?
(Author: Corbett Barr)
This has been a difficult prompt, and should have been written yesterday; June 7th…
What to say to my 41-year-old self…which is much easier, in its difficulty, than speaking to my 51- year- old self…
51…Fifty- One…the realization that FIFTY-ONE is so close is amazing! Can someone tell the 16-year-old Andrea, who remains in this heart, that she is going to be 51 soon, because she doesn’t believe me!!
So here I go…
Dear Andrea 2006,
I wish I had known what I know today, I could have helped you avoid some of the more difficult situations in this life we – I – live. You are blessed, though in that there isn’t much to regret.
You are aware of the fact that choosing God has improved this life we (have) live. The good news is that you, very soon, find that you and Don are on the same page, and life becomes full of blessings. You will all of a sudden, seemingly, understand the things of God. Yet you will stand amazed.
You are about to embark on the changes that occur in a woman. It’s going to be hard. That being said, there is nothing you could have done to avoid that, however…
When you are 45 you will face your health. I wish I had this laptop earlier to tell you to exercise and eat well. To take better care of us…but you – I – was convinced that we were healthy, just overweight. What I know now, which I wish you knew then, is that in our ignorance we were dying, We weren’t well…but, no regrets, right. I promise you that I am taking care of me – us much better now, so no worries.
Andrea, your future me is blessed! A boy in college, the other out trying his very best to live a right life. Happily married, 9 years at this very writing, to the ONE!
Truly…except for the loses…Grandpa, Uncle Lee and Uncle Wes…life from 2006 to 2011 has been a good life. A good life…If I could change anything in that time period…if I could stop or start something in hindsight, I don’t think I would. After all you did the best you could…you walked the path God put before you well. I know, I’m here now and it’s all good!
Love, Me and You!
Dear Andrea 2016,
Wow! How did we – I get here?? Is life like it is on the Jetsons yet?…hehe…guess I can’t tell me that! 🙂
What to say to you. Today is your – my anniversary. 9 years…when you get this it will be 14 years! Man we did well in this area.
Now, today as I write this in 2011, I have no idea what to say to you. Really.
We – I live life day to day. As much as I – we detest the concept…living in the day is the only way for us to survive. I am doing the best that I – we can, so when you get this I am confident that we will, still, have no regrets.
So this is the plan…I desire, for us, and God’s Word says: Seek first the Kingdom of God and then ask what you will and you shall have it…
Your – our contribution to this household, family and the world will be in written form. You are a writer, an author, and I dream that by now you have become confident in this call. I am doing what I know to do to accomplish this.
Our – my boys will be happy and successful. They are striving to fulfill this as I write you. If you look back you will see how hard they have strived and how they are good men, like their Dad.
I hope that life is grand. However, in this dying world, it may be a bit tarnished around the edges. Yet, since we don’t participate in the decline of society I hope that you have the courage and faith that I – you profess, now, to have and are out there finding and bringing home the wanderers. You had better be answering the call I feel on our – my life now. There is work you should have accomplished by now.
Yet…day to day, right. I believe that if I – we continue the way I – we live now nothing can stop us. Remember it is not really about you – me…it is about the call that we feel in our spirit. I hope you are still waking in the morning with praise singing in your spirit and thanking God for the day. I hope the very best for us – you.
So eat right, listen to the docs and remember to thank God each day for His blessings. Remember to love your men and all those that God has blessed you with, and tell them you love them! Tell them! It’s one of the most important realizations you had here in 2011…because life is short and she waits for no-one.
Well that was hard…and if I don’t stop right now I will continue to change this…even while not knowing what should be said!
No regrets…today this is what I would say to me…tomorrow, well that would be different…
What would you say to you…in the past…in the future?
Blessings Loves ♥