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Letter to my future self

Dear Me,

They say that hindsight is 20/20. Probably true.

Steve Jobs said you can’t connect the dots looking forward, only by looking back.

So writing to myself in the future is a daunting task.

I don’t know where I’ll be in ten years.

I don’t even really know WHO I’ll be in ten years.

But I want to tell you this.

Even in the midst of the chaos of raising two boys alone…with more on my plate than I can handle….every bit of this experience is crafting the woman I will be a decade down the line.

Every ounce of it is worth the struggle.

I will have lived a life on the road less traveled. And the journey, in and of itself, will have been enough to call this life a successful one.

By this point, I’m sure that my boys will be young men with lives of their own.

By this point, I’m sure that I’ll be nearing the end of one career and determining the path for the next.

By this point, I hope that I’m finally able to afford someone to mow my lawn and shovel my snow.

By this point, I know that my face will have a few more lines, and my head will have multiple gray hairs.

And I’m know deep in my soul that I’ll be able to look back and say, without a doubt that each and every day from October 10, 2011 to October 10, 2021 provided incredible moments of love, laughter and life….and that it will Just. Be. Enough.

Love,

Me

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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