If you could turn back time

If you could go back in time, what would you say to your younger self?

4th July 1995

And yes, this is me.

The best summer ever, working as a lifeguard at Camp Rockmont in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. A summer with the most amazing kids and staff, some of whom are still my nearest and dearest friends.

Looking back on that photo, I ask myself:

“If you could go back…
What would you say to your younger self?”

I would be so excited.

Just like the future Bill and Ted saying “how’s it going?” to themselves.

“You are going to have such an adventure!
Sure, there will be challenges. You are going to make MASSIVE mistakes. You are going to be in a world of pain.
But you will always come through. It won’t seem so at the time but everything will be worthwhile.
You will embrace the consequences of your actions, both bad and good.
Everything you do, you do to be me.
Mostly, you are going to smile and have fun.
I thank you.”

You cannot change the past.
A life of regret is a life lost.

What you can do is move on, look forwards, and hopefully learn the error of your ways.

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