#reverb10: a letter from the 2010 me

I signed up for this thing called #reverb10. A month full of prompts guided to help me reflect on this past year and focus on goals for the next.

December 15: 5 Minutes.
Imagine you will completely lose your memory of 2010 in five minutes. Set an alarm for five minutes and capture the things you most want to remember about 2010. (Author: Patti Digh)

Okay, Future Self:  This is all you need to know about 2010…

It really wasn’t the best of years.  It’s okay if it’s memory is forgotten.  What’s important is moving forward.  It wasn’t a terrible year, but it wasn’t great either.  It’s probably best that some of these things be forgotten.

There was stress you don’t need to remember.  Financial hardships you are trying to move past.  Unfortunately, you might still be battling with the medical problem that sprung up half-way through the year and caused you lots of pain.  There was drama that should stay a forgotten memory.  It’s okay that you’ve forgotten these things.  However, just be sure to take the lessons you’ve learned from these trials.

Remember your bandmates and your favorite band nerds — there were fewer concerts you attended during this year, but each one was still great.  Remember joining your sisters on their field trip to the Sears Tower.  Remember awesome visits from Jenn, Jenn, Rebekah, Rachel and Neal.  Remember how beautiful Chrissy looked at her wedding, and how perfect she and Kyle are for each other.  Remember your puppy, even though he left us this year.  Remember the joy of trying new video games.  Remember trying new cupcake places.  Remember the man who never stopped caring about you.  Remember having fun with food coloring and making tie-died cupcakes and turquoise pancakes.

There’s a lot of friends to remember.  A million amazing memories of your wonderful niece, G, to remember.  If you have any chance to remember the good times… Do so.  Because this year wasn’t complete crap, it just had its own dark spots to wash out, cancers to remove, pains to forget.

Continue on, and be strong — because despite how it may feel, you are.

– The 2010 Erini.