I was chatting with my girlfriend today and asked her the question, “If your current self saw your 15 year old self, what would they say..and vice-versa?”
Her answer struck a chord with me, and I told her mine. Both of my answers were more revealing than I was prepared for.
Current age (28) to 15 – “You’ll never be a G (gangster). You’re sincere, loyal, and funky. People need real and they need it from you, so be yourself.”
This is a 30% hipster/business professional/fitness nut/breakdancer/indie-movie lover/photographer speaking to an insecure, not-as-‘black’-as-he-should-be high school sophomore. I have in no way, even remotely arrived, but I am MUCH further along than I was at one point, and these are the things I would have benefitted understanding.
My 15 year old self says to current day me – “You have an awesome girlfriend, sweet manual Audi, Samsung flat screen/PS3/iMac, and a cool place to live in? You made it dude!”
Background being, It was hard for me to even see past high school let alone becoming a live-action adult. I think it’s official btw; you know, the whole bit about turning into an adult. Life keeps sending me subtle reminders. As in the other night I made dinner for my mother at my place, and afterwards as we were cleaning up, she asked me where the cutting board went.
This may not seem like much to you but believe me when I say I could feel the atoms of the universe splitting at the words. You’ll be glad to know that I somehow managed to hold it together however, and just laughed it off as ‘getting older’.
So, what about you? What would current day you say to 15 year-old you?