i have kept some sort of journal since i was thirteen years old. (the only exception being the four year hiatus i took while i was in college.) so for about 23 years i have been recording my journey through this thing called life. every now and again, i'll go back and read through my journals...sometimes i cringe, sometimes i shake my head, sometimes i feel sad, and sometimes i laugh out loud. if there is one thing this older version would tell my younger self, it would be, "don't worry so much. enjoy life." i suppose i could give myself that same piece of advice today.
one of my favorite pages of all my journals is the one that q-tip (of a tribe called quest) autographed for me. i was living in new york at the time and having lunch with a girlfriend in a nolita cafe, when i heard his all too familiar voice at the next table. i was trembling when i asked him for his autograph, but he was very kind and obliged.
along with the standard journal entries, i have tons of inspirational quotes, poems, and drawings. one of my favorite quotes is by ralph waldo emerson:
Don't be too timid and squemish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.
do you keep a journal? do you have wise words for your younger self or a favorite quote? update: i forgot to mention that there is actually a book out right now titled, dear me: a letter to my sixteen-year-old self by james wood (actor), aasif mandvi (comedian), and jodi picoult (writer). it looks really interesting and i bet the book is full of wonderful nuggets of wisdom.