December 21 – Future self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)
Yes, you will get to stop taking prednisone and your face will no longer look like you’re related to a chipmunk. You’re kidneys will probably be fine as well, so stop worrying about that dialysis fistula. Oh, and it’s highly unlikely, given your anal retentiveness and keen organizational skills, that you will make a mistake and “accidentally” kill one of your patients. Try to be a little less self-critical, would you? Your nursing career, despite the early mornings, night shifts, and potentially aggravating patients, is going to be phenomenal. You may even publish papers or even a whole book from your experiences. We’ll see. This year, you’ll sew your first quilt which will keep you cozy for years to come. You still need to work on keep your mouth closed and your eyes and ears open, but I’m thinking you’ll mellow out a bit with time and maturity. This year, you’ll learn to become more financially savvy and maybe give doing your own taxes a shot. You should remember to always take time for yourself to do self-renewing activities: try yoga, it’s not as hard as you think. Cook more foods at home than you eat out, your GI tract will thank you. Always get a flu shot. Remember the swine flu you got in 2009? Within the next ten years, you’ll probably do some stint abroad again since I know you get antsy when you stay in one place for too long. I imagine you’ll do a lot of traveling, too. Personally, I’d like it if you visited Croatia but I won’t push the subject. At some point, you’ll learn that not all men are soul-sucking lunatics and you’ll find someone your speed who won’t mind sharing household chores or owning free-range chickens. Don’t buy a huge house and fill it with useless things, fill it with people – I imagine that your potluck dinners will continue to be a hit.