Note to Self….

Dear Courtney,
(yeah, yeah I know, it’s not your real name but keep reading)

Hi there….this is me/you from the future. You are in the 8th grade today and sitting in Mr. Owen’s Social Studies class. This thought just crossed your mind “I am in the 8th grade and I bet I will be a senior in high school before I know it. Wonder what that is going to be like?” Girlfriend, you have no idea!

Time will go by at an even faster pace than you thought it would. It is now 2014 and you/I are 50 years old. This thought that you/I had seems like just a few years ago, not decades. Remember when Granny Hattie and Papaw say “The older you get, the faster it goes?” Well, believe them! It’s true!

So many things are going to come along in your life and you will have a few regrets. But all those things will come together to make you the person you are today. Without them, you may not have seen the things you have or met the wonderful people who are now part of your life. And there are many and life is good! (now)

I would like to tell you a few things about the future. Even though you see me as older than dirt, I am YOU so listen up! It may not change anything, but at least you will know what’s coming.
You do have great insight at such a young age. It’s too bad you won’t always listen to that still, small voice, but you will when it counts. This will not only save your sanity, it will save your life.

It’s going to get rough. You are going to have a few years where you will not like who you are, what you are or where you are going. But you will change that line of thinking. Continue to seek out wise people for advice. This will help turn that around.

Take your education seriously. It will serve you so much better than blowing off class. (Trust me!)

You will fall in love…more than once. You will get married and you will have a beautiful daughter who will make you proud but will also frustrate you to no end. That whole thing about “what goes around, comes around?” yeah… it is true!

You are an incredible person with so much to give. Never ever forget that! Always be kind to yourself. You deserve the best life has to offer. Do not let ANYONE tell you anything any different. When you hear those words (and you will hear them) try not to listen!

Always be true to yourself and live your life as authentically as you can! Show people the “real” you. There is never a second chance to make a first impression. Make it count! You are worth it!!

All my love,
(it’s our pen name now, cool huh?):-)

This was an inspiration from The Daily Post Writing 101, Day Fourteen…..To Whom It May Concern. If you want/need something to provoke an idea to write about, click on the link above! The daily challenge is a great way to get inspired! 🙂

The Horse….

Monty and Ranger © Kathryn Forbes

Monty and Ranger
© Kathryn Forbes

A Horse is the projection of people’s dreams about themselves-strong, powerful, beautiful-and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence…..Pam Brown

selfish grace abounds
beauty is show of splendor
dreams are our escape

This is my first post for the first Haibun Thinking – a new Haibun Writing Challenge.
If you are interested follow the link below and try your hand 🙂

Haibun Thinking Writing challenge

Back to school! YAH!

I know..I KNOW! I’m weird! But I love school! Today is the first day of the Spring semester. Nothing too hard; Algebra and Acting II but I am very excited to have my brain engaged again. I love to learn and grow. I can say this of course because I am not really working toward a degree. I am just going to school for fun. I truly take pleasure in being around young people and the smell of the classroom. Seeing kids with their backpacks and sitting in the courtyard with coffee. It’s awesome!!

I have a need to make my brain work; to be growing intellectually. I read a lot and I watch intellectual movies. I go to plays, the ballet and the symphony when I have the opportunity, which isn’t very often these days but I go when I can. I really like learning new things and growing. When people ask me why I have returned to school I tell them it was because my brain was turning to mush.

The Christmas holiday vacation was not good for me. If you read my blog you know I was sick during at least half of the time off and stressed out during the rest. It feels good to be back in a routine and a schedule. I will be in class with some of the same people again and I am excited to see them and see how they are.

I go to a local community college in a small town but the people I encounter are all ages. Some are returning to school to improve a skill set or to get a degree to make them more marketable. Then there are the kiddos who are fresh out of high school doing the college thing to help them on their journey in life. I would give anything if I could sit down with each and every one of them and make them understand how critical education and this time is to their future.

College is NOT just a necessary evil to help you make more money or to get a job. It is an education in LIFE! You are learning….how to learn. You are here to see a little bit of what the world is going to be like; to meet people from all walks of life and different cultures. You are learning how to get along with others and live in a close environment (if you live in a dorm) with a complete stranger (sometimes). You need to embrace the different ideas of other people and debate beliefs, morals and ideals to become grounded in your OWN belief system. Learn how to listen, listen, listen, listen!!!!! You have two ears and ONE mouth for a reason!

There is no other time in your life like college. What I wouldn’t give to go back in time and tell my 18 year old self all of these things.

LIVE LIFE! Learn…grow…..become friends with as many people as you can then stay in touch. This will serve you later in life. Go to parties but be responsible. Step out of your comfort zone but don’t forget why you are there.

College is a LIFE education! Take advantage of this time (hopefully on mom and dad’s dime) and make it all it can be. You can never go back and be 18, 19, 20 years old again. Even if you go back to school down the road, it will never be the same. Because later in life, you will have other responsibilities. This time around, it is YOUR money and your time. You will probably have to sacrifice time from a family or loved ones because you need to make yourself better. This is a good thing but can be very difficult because you are a grown up now. However, you can still have a good attitude and see the good things about returning to school. Let the energy of those younguns rub off on you and be a mentor to them. Sit down with them and have a cup of coffee if you can and tell them….You only get ONE shot at being young! Be the absolute best student you can be because college is a gift!! Do not take it for granted. Do not waste your time….go to class, do your homework, but have fun! You are here to learn about life!!!

So I’m off kiddies! Have an awesome, incredible and wonderful Monday!