All week, we wrote letters to our 17 yr old selves. We thought it would be fun. We didn't know how emotional it would be. Here's Woody's letter.
It’s me. Actually, it’s you, writing from the future. And, because I AM you, I know your first question. NO, we don’t have flying cars yet. That’s all I’ll tell you about the future. EXCEPT, if you get a chance, buy some stock shares of a company called “Apple”. For, one day, they will enslave the entire planet.
To other things.. You’re gonna be busy, so I hope you’re ready for it. Growing up a Navy Brat who has had to move and change schools every 18 months or so, you’ve learned that you can make friends quickly by making them laugh. Hold on to that, but also know a lot of those kids night not be LASTING friends. Those take a little longer. There’s a time for jokes, but also a time NOT joking. That’s something you’ll work on your whole life. Cherish your Mom. Don’t ever take her for granted. She’s awesome and now that your sister got married and moved away, you’re all she has left. She puts up a brave front and she’s never said anything bad about your dad in front of you. But, she also cries a lot when she thinks you’re not listening.
I know you hate your father because he divorced your mom. Try to understand, although he’s made some really sucky choices, but he’s still your father. And hate will eat you up inside and make you bitter. Don’t let that happen. Make peace with him sooner than later. Learn from his mistakes. Respect women. You’ll meet a special one pretty soon and you don’t wanna scare her off. You have a father, but YOU should try to be a DAD. Believe it or not, there’s a big difference. Try to be a good Dad to your kids. Remember, to be a dad you don’t have to be perfect, you just have to be there.
On to lighter matters.. Don’t bother asking the Venezuelan exchange student Clara Benitez to the prom. She’s cute and thinks you’re funny. But, you’ll spend a lot of money and won’t even get a goodnight kiss. Maybe your plaid formal jacket and your Mom’s Pinto with the “Ask Me About My Grandbaby” sticker on the back isn’t the Babe Magnet you joked it’d be.
Try to get your mom to stop smoking. Otherwise, there’s a couple of her grand kids that she’ll never get to meet. Try to get your father and step-mom to quit too, since that might be the reason none of them are here at the time I’m writing you this letter.
One more hint about the future. You’ll actually get PAID for saying stupid stuff. In public. Things that might have you in the vice-principal’s office if you said them now. And, you’ll have a Camaro, the first car you’ll buy with your own money. Enjoy the t-tops and California Speeding tickets, cause pretty soon you’ll trade it in for a sensible family car. Cars come and go. Family is for keeps. And looking back you’ll be much happier with a minivan full of kids. That’s right, they make SMALLER vans now. Have the seats Scotch Guarded. You’ll thank me later
BTW, don’t be mad at your step mom. It wasn’t her fault that your father left. If it hadn’t been her, it would’ve been somebody else. You’ll actually get to like her. Don’t have a fit when she sells your collection of Mad Magazines at a Garage Sale. Your wife would have made you throw them out by now anyway.
So there you have it. You’ll be happy if you think about the big picture and what’s really important in your life. Don’t burn bridges and Don’t sweat the small stuff. Have fun and don’t forget where you parked the Delorean. Just kidding
|Listen/read Jim's letter HERE.|
|Listen/read R!ley's letter HERE.|