A letter to my 19-year-old self


A letter to my 19-year-old self

Sheldon Cooper is not the only one crazy for a time travel machine. I need one to send a letter to my younger self, timing it such that it would reach the younger me on the eve of my 20th birthday.[ Day 10 of “One Day, One Blog”]


Dear Mini-me,

Don’t freak out. This is not a prank by your classmates. Yes, this is a letter from the future …from your older self. First of all, stop crying that you will never be a teenager any more. I am not even sure why you are upset — you hardly caused enough drama to live up to the badass name teenagers have. If anything, you went a little crazy in your twenties.

  • Stepping into your twenties is not the beginning of old age. You are young. Very young.
  • Stop worrying that you are too fat ( Trust me, it gets a lot worse)
  • Don’t care about what the neighbors say. Learning to ignore them will be a valuable life skill. No sarcastic comment will ever penetrate their thick skin. ( Just a heads up — Now they comment on your choice of clothes and career. Then it would be to get married. After you do get married, they will harass you to have a kid. Then a second kid. They will be shocked if you don’t build a house. They will be shocked if you continue working after having kids. They will be shocked if you quit your job too. You get the drift… )
  • I am so happy you are having an amazing time at your college. See those 3 guys in the next class — you will one day start a company with them. (The tallest one in that — he will be your CEO..and no, his eternal optimism is not a disease he will grow out of ; one day you will be thankful for it)
  • Go visit your Grandmom more. She will not there forever.
  • If you feel there is an injustice being done, speak out more. ( That creepy guy who gets too close for comfort — slap him. Else it will be a lifelong regret. Trust me)
  • You will soon get a job. Start saving money early on. As your paycheck increases, don’t increase your spending. Increase your savings. And invest wisely.
  • Learn a new language.
  • Exercise — this is a habit you need to cultivate from early on.
  • Don’t fight with your brother so much. He is going to be one of your best friends, one day ( Yes…it may not seem so…but trust me… Oh, and while you are at it, don’t be a sneak and tell your parents that he is watching one too many movies. He is preparing for his career)
  • It is OK that you are shorter, darker and fatter than you want to be — there is no one else like you. You are pretty awesome!
  • Don’t be so sensitive. Learn to laugh at yourself.
  • You can develop any skill as long as you have the discipline to work hard at it. Learn the value of discipline.
  • Write everyday. Just make sure to hide your journal from your “nosey parker” siblings (How do you think your Mom found out about your latest crush. Ask your sister)
  • Travel more. Don’t let go of any chance you get to travel. Travel alone whenever possible.
  • Just because you want something really really bad, you may not get it. Because the time may not be right . Or something better may be on the way.
  • There will be times when your love for God is tested. But love him anyway.
  • You don’t always need to act like a tough nut. It is ok to show your vulnerability to your friends.
  • Don’t ever use fairness creams. They propagate a crime against self-respect.
  • Please, please …. Learn to cook.
  • Tell your Mom that you love her. Every day. Twice a day if possible. There will be a time when you say it aloud but she may not be around to hear that.

— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — –

Friends, this is the Day 10 of my odyssey to write one blog EVERY DAY for the month of May 2017. “One Day, One Blog

If you have liked this article, please do hit the ❤ so that it will help others discover this article. Thanks much!


About the author

Ruby Peethambaran

Add Comment

Ruby Peethambaran


Get in touch

I have enjoyed reading and writing ever since I could read and write. I have been told that my words inspire and help people. That gives me the courage to write more.
If my words help you in any way to better your life, I will consider that a blessing.