I’m on the road wandering the US and Canada for a bit. I like to get away for longer stretches of time not just for adventure and rest, but to consciously disengage from my routine and environment. It creates new spaces in my psyche and allows for exploration away from the day to day responsibilities.
During this downtime I had an idea for a micro-project: I want to hear advice for your younger self. Nothing generic like, ‘save your money’ or 'marry a nice person’. Specific, meaningful advice.
I’ll go first. I passed a new driving range the other day and immediately remembered the boyfriend in my early twenties who used to invite me on 'dates’ to watch him hit balls.
Get up and walk away. No goodbye, no explanation. Just walk away and never look back. This person thinks of you as an accessory. Your life is worth so much more than that.
Here’s another inspired by yesterday’s swim in a brisk, Vermont waterfall
. I’m 48, in a bikini, and jumping off rocks with my boyfriend and kids I don’t know. I’m only sorry it took so long to get here.
Use your body in every way you can. Take no notice of others, of what’s good or bad. This body needs cold swims, hot runs, to be touched and loved. There will be a day your body fails, but it isn’t this day. Go do the thing without shame.
So, let’s hear it. Your best, specific advice to your younger self in three sentences or less. Just hit reply and send them to me. I’ll publish the best ones in the next newsletter.
PS. I’ll be back with my final principle on my Not. Another. Diet.
series very soon and what the future holds for my ideas 📖 📚