The prompt says that I’m meeting my 10 years ago self for coffee. I don’t drink coffee.
So I’m meeting my 10 years ago self for breakfast at Hardee’s. Not a healthy choice, per se, but I like the breakfast biscuits, just as I did 10 years ago.
I would tell the me from 10 years ago that although he can’t see it now, his most challenging, life-changing event is still in front of him. He will see his marriage of 8 1/2 years break apart, and that though he tried to change, there wasn’t anything he could do to stop it. He will see that the person he thought was the love of his life would walk right out of it. And that he will struggle to cope-but he would cope. He would also see that his finances would really hit a wall, but in time, he would get them to a better place. And his emotions, while fragile just after the breakup would settle and in time he would be fine. But that there would be a lot of highs and lows to go through to get to where I am now.
He would also see that he would be about to move from the town of his youth to a new place. And he would be living alone-but he would be fine with it. He wouldn’t be upset, but would look at it as a new start, a fresh opportunity for growth. I would tell him that when he gets to where I am, he could look back and see the many ways he had grown-emotionally and spiritually. He would be in a better place, even though there was a lot of unhappiness and grief to get through. I would tell him to use the lessons that he will learn over the course of that time to realize that he can succeed, move forward and even thrive. Finally, I would tell my younger self to use whatever comes his way as an opportunity to grow and learn about himself