As I was standing in my baby’s room, praying over him while I held him, waiting for him to fall asleep, I thought back to a conversation I had with a college friend earlier that day. Talking to her always brings back so many memories. We met our freshman year of college, nearly ten years ago. Ten. Years. It’s unbelievable how much time has passed by and how quickly. And now here we are, both married and each with a baby.
Reminiscing got me thinking: How much has changed since then? What kind of person am I now compared to that girl nearly a decade ago? What are my dreams today that I never would have thought of back then?
And then I thought, if I could tell that girl a few things about life, knowing how things would end up, what would I say? So I made a list:
- Pay more attention in Dr. Robert’s OT/NT Survey classes. It will be your biggest regret later on that you didn’t learn as much as you could from him when you had the chance. Give him the respect he deserves by ignoring the boy who won’t stop talking to you.
- Don’t date. Just don’t do it. It will be a huge waste of time and completely pointless. The perfect man for you is not here, so stop trying to find him just yet.
- Keep the confidence in yourself that you have right now. You will experience heartache and strained relationships, don’t let your confidence become a casualty.
- Remember that God always provides. You will graduate, and you will graduate debt-free. Don’t lose heart or let it get you down. Keep working hard and keep pushing forward.
- Cherish your friendships. You will miss these days of dorm life and sharing a bathroom. This is the only time in your life when you’ll have wonderful girlfriends like these girls living next door or down the hall, cherish them.
- Be grateful for being able to function on four hours of sleep a night. You won’t be able to in ten years – and that’s when you’ll really need it.
- Stop sometimes to rejoice in the little things, like walking to class barefoot in the rain, or seeing the mountains every morning, hearing the chapel bells play, and taking a walk to the post office alone.
- Give up your idea of perfection. It isn’t those popular girls, or those athletic guys. It isn’t straight A’s, or always being right. It isn’t anything at all because you can never achieve it, so stop thinking you can, it will relieve a lot of stress.
- Study up on your German history before discussing places to visit in Berlin. Specifically a wall. Trust me, you will never live it down.
- Remember the past fondly, and look forward to the future, it’s going to be great.