By the time you read this you’ll be 28 in the year 2026.
Let me start by saying: I hope you’re happy! That’s it. 18 year old version of you doesn’t care where you are or what job you have, but whether you’re happy or not. So I hope you are! I also hope you have a dog…otherwise you have failed at life. If you don’t have a dog please go get one now. You’ll thank me later.
I want to tell you how proud I am of you despite not really knowing what you are up to. In case you forget (and I know you do sometimes) you’re capable of doing amazing things, so go do them!
Please don’t stress like I do. Remember that in the end things work out the way they’re supposed to.
Please tell me you’re enjoying life! Traveling, making friends, going on random adventures…
Do you have a boyfriend or maybe a husband or are you single? Despite your relationship status please don’t push people away like I tend to do because you’ll regret it! Believe me there are a few “what ifs” that keep me awake at night, so do whatever you feel in the moment. You’ll only regret the things you didn’t do!
And if you have someone, congratulations! He must mean a lot to you so make sure he knows it! Tell him how much you love him everyday, go on weird dates and weekend getaways, cook dinner and do the dishes together, and make him watch Nicholas Sparks movies with you, that’s a must!
If by now you have children then please be patient with them. Growing up isn’t easy and we tend to exaggerate our problems and think everything is the end of the world. Teach them to be kind to all living beings, to respect others, to be responsible, to fight for their dreams. Play with them, take them on adventures, hug them, tell them how much you love them and how they mean so much to you and always kiss them goodnight, even if they’re asleep. But most important, support their decisions like mom supported yours.
Speaking of mom and dad, how are they? If you aren’t living in the same country as them then please don’t be an idiot and call them everyday. And if you are then visit them all the time!
How about your friends? I hope you still talk with the people that changed your teenage years and that I love more than anything: that you’re still part of a pack with Inês, that you still talk about going vegan and buddhism with Nicas, that you still have deep conversations with Isabel and laugh until your belly hurts with Leonor and I hope from the bottom of my heart that you catch up with Maria on rainy days sitting inside a cute coffee shop like you’re now planning on doing. I hope you have a good group of friends that you can count on no matter what, like I do.
Oh and I’ll be really mad if in ten years you’re not still friends with these girls…they’re the real deal!
How is your professional life? Tell me, are you a kick ass journalist like I plan on being? Or did you find something else you’re passionate about? Whichever case I just hope you’re doing something you love.
Are you still blogging? I hope you are because writing is something that makes me happy.
I don’t know if you’re ok or not but let me tell you something that I recently realised: you are in charge of your own life. You are, no one else besides you. So if there’s something bothering you remember that you have the power to change that and if there’s something you really want then fight for it!
I want to believe that everything worked out and that you’re living the life you worked so hard for but if things didn’t work out please don’t give up! Don’t let me down because I’m working so hard for my future, your present. So enjoy it! And please do what you want! Order a pizza, get a dog, help others, call mom and dad, get another dog, go on an epic adventure, buy a plant, join an art class and be happy!
I hope you read this in ten years and remember the wise words of an 18 year old that knows you like no one else does.