If Only I Knew Then What I Know Now...

I'm going to be 50 years old soon.  Soon is a relative term at this age ~ the fact that my 50th birthday is 9 months away is irrelevant.  When you're 49, you're going to be 50 soon.

The question is...Holding onto WHAT?

I've seen a lot of 'letters to my younger self' lately and I thought what better time to write one than now, when I'm about to be older than dirt,  the new 30,  half a century in the prime of my life.

So here's my letter to my 18-year-old self ~ a skinny, naive, freckled country bumpkin about to embark on wild and crazy adventures ~ oh how little I knew.....

Dear Sasha to be,

Well, you're almost really old now, so there are several things I thought you should know that might help along the way. Since I really, really, REALLY like lists now (if I could remember 30 years back, I would know if you liked lists back then, too), I'll put my amazing knowledge in list form.  It's also much easier to read...something else you'll figure out later.

Remember ~ when I say "Been there, Done that" I'm not kidding.  I've really Been There and Done That ~ AND I am YOU, so just pay attention and don't question every.single.thing like most 18 year olds.  (Do I appear a little bitchy?  Well, you might want to get used to that, too....and while you're at it develop a little sarcasm and attitude.)

  • Wear the HELL out of those short shorts, crop tops and cute dresses. TRUST ME....you won't always be skinny.
  • When you're living in Florida and your fiance' (yeah....you'll get married...more than once!) is living somewhere else ~ have MORE fun than you think you should.  He is.
  • Don't drink the gin and tonic.  Ok, don't drink FIVE gin and tonics in the same night.
  • Don't waste your money on trendy, expensive maternity clothes...you won't be wearing them long enough to remember and they're a bitch to sell in 1985 (oops....forgot to mention you have a baby in 1985).
  • That Camaro you always wanted?  Buy it for yourself.
  • When you decide to give that 1st marriage One More Chance, make him wait just a little bit longer.....it still won't last, but you'll feel better.
  • DEFINITELY buy the gold dress in 1989 that you wear to the clubs.  It's worth every penny and you will look AMAZING!
  • Banana Clips really don't look that good on ANYONE, you included.  Maybe especially on you.
  • That guy you hooked up with (remember 'been there, done that'?) in between husbands?  You could just skip him altogether and you will be just fine.
  • Don't start the Unicorn collection.......just sayin'
  • Get a bigger tattoo.  You'll thank me later.

And finally, for the love of Tequila, try a margarita NOW because it is the nectar of the gods and you will absolutely LOVE them!

Cheers to the next 30 or so years til you get to 2012 ~ enjoy the ride!





You can find more observations of a redneck, barefoot, rum and tequila drinking southern belle on Sasha's blog: www.lipstickmargaritasandhairspray.com ~ Yep, 3 things any southern belle can't live without!

Margaritas to you!  


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