Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Letter to my 18 Year old Self.....

Dear Kayla:

I have been watching the new PBS special "Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking" and I'm pretty sure that you might get this if you stand next to a wormhole.  I know you have a lot on your mind because you are graduating from high school and heading off to the University of Texas in the fall.  About that, be wary of all those guys who wear eyeliner, each and every one of them will do you wrong.  One will go on to direct pornography and one will be jealous of the amount of time you spend riding and will hire someone to steal your bike.

I would like to ask you to do a couple of things that will make our life easier on down the road.  You become addicted to extreme sports but never feel the urge to wear a helmet.  You wear this thing called a "hairnet" but it will not protect you one bit when you get hit by a car.....I don't want to give too much away but suffice it to say that we send Christmas cards to more than one neurologist.

It is going to be so very exciting for you when you leave home and hit Austin.  So exciting that you forget why you are in Austin, mainly to attend college.  There is much to explore but if you could take a couple of philosophy courses that would pave the way for some of the work we do later on.  It might be asking a lot to throw in a comparative religion course but you will thank me for that, I promise.

The universe throws some dear friends our way in college...enjoy the wit and compassion of Jenny and Mike, we are still traveling together.  Other friends and lovers drift back into with them all as it makes up who we become.

You know, now that I think about it, you work hard, catch a few lucky breaks and end up here...filled with such compassion for yourself.  If we were not forbidden by the time/space continuum and maybe the prime directive (Scott thinks that has more to do with interfering with alien development, you will meet him later) I would buy you a cup of coffee.  You could show me a few dance moves I have forgotten and I could give you a jump start on meditating.

I think we are still watching out for each other and maybe, someday we will meet in the middle.

With much love and gratitude.



  1. You had me going there (I was very sleepy when I read this) I thought that this was an actual letter to yourself when you were 18 years old. I was thinking, "my, she hasn't changed that much" and "she tack-on with one of the eyeliner guys". Then I got to the part about Scott and my daze splintered to clarity. It was a fun ride all the way around.

    Thanks again girlfriend!

  2. Love it! The whole time-space continuum part is very Time Traveler's Wife-ish If only we could, or would it be a good thing?