I found myself writing again, jumping back and forth around the exact timeline in which these events have occurred. I suppose it reflects real life. Memories come on their own time, you can’t force them.
Advice To Younger Me | #2
11. Singing is cool and fun. It’s okay to do it - even in front of your friends. It won’t make you any less of a young man. Don’t wait until you’re 16 to start. The girls are into it.
12. Read more. The notion that books are long is not true. Right now you have all the time in the world to master whatever you like. Become a well read individual, you’ll like it. Hemingway is great. Wish I’d known about him earlier. You’re welcome.
13. You don’t have bills right now. I say again, read more books.
14. The fact that you have what can only questionably be called a “relationship” with that pretty girl in the other 6th grade class should not deter you from the fact that it’s really not nice to kiss a girl other than the one you’re “dating” even if you are only 11. This type of stuff will come up many times in your life. Avoid it now. The songs aren’t worth it.
15. Kenny didn’t deserve you getting so angry at him during the great neighborhood guava war of 1999 where you banned him from ever coming to your culdesac again. Forgive quickly. You guys didn’t have to wait until 18 to make amends.
16. Keep riding your bicycle everywhere. It’s good for you. Also, jump on the trampoline all the time and do crazy stuff on it. You’re young, your bones will heal.
17. That whole being the first guy to walk across the dance floor and ask Tiana to look foolish with you to Smash Mouth at the Valentines Day Dance in 6th grade was badass. Do that again.
18. Ask your dad to let you play soccer earlier than 5th grade. You’re not bad at it. Lightning will become one of your favorite nicknames. They’ll stop using it when you quit.
19. Someone is going to win at the 5th and 6th science fairs. You’re more than capable. Do it.
20. Ask your dad to tell you more stories. His memory is still good.