What Would You Say To Your 20-Year-Old Self?

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

My best friend forwarded an email to me with this note attached:

“I just heard this story on NPR and I think it’s right up your authentic alley.  It deserves a gay-themed, Dian-sized blog and feedback from all your adoring fans.”

And this, just after I was getting all teary-eyed about the June Blog Challenge nearing its end.

In case you’re not up for clicking any links, the NPR story is titled, “What Would You Say To Your 20-Year-Old Self?” For more depth than the title, you’ll have to click away. But for Dian-sized blog—and to join in on the action—stick around and keep on reading. My letter may be gay-themed because that’s part of who I am, but I encourage you to make your letter you-themed because that’s who you are.

Here’s how to participate in 3 simple steps:

  1. Write a letter to your 20-year-old self
  2. Post it on your blog or Facebook notes or wherever people will see it (and invite others to do the same)
  3. Link up your blog post by adding your name to the bottom where it says: “You are next…Click here to enter

That’s pretty much it. During the Self-Evidence + Authenticity Blog Challenge I left it up to you to choose one or all of the thirteen topics to write on, as you felt compelled. This letter really isn’t a challenge, it’s more of an invitation.

What do you have to share with your 20-year-old self today? I invite you to take a look at your past and share with others what you’ve learned along the way. See, by you sharing your learning, you’re helping someone out there today get through whatever you went through back then. Sharing really is caring.

You’ll see my post up in a few days. What I’m asking of you is to not only share your learning, but to ask others to do the same. I’d like this site to crash because there are just too many letters for the little Linky Tool to keep up with.

The only rule: post it by July 31, 2010. Aside from that, there are no rules.

Here’s what I’m doing: I’ll be writing to my 20-year-old self. I could tell you that I’ll let her know a little bit of how things turned out, and a little bit of what not to do next time around, or that I’ll share with her some tips and tricks to living the authentic life of the current Dian Reid, but the truth is I don’t know what I’ll write.

What do you have to share with your 20-year-old self?

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