Dear Honie,

A letter to your younger self will do you no good. For one thing, your younger self would not believe the long list of things to avoid, heartaches to forgive and forget, small triumphs to be savored. All lessons lost on the younger you. Besides, you’re not that clever.

So, congratulations for managing to somehow make it this far with such an attitude! In this moment you are once again remaking yourself into what you wish to be. Sure, there are already some great things about you. You’re generous and sincere. You go a little heavy on the sarcasm, but that’s because you think you’re good at it.

It’s okay that you allow yourself to become distracted from time to time, but damn! What is the hold up? Yes, fake it ‘til you make it is a load of crap and yes, the planet is crowded, polluted, and ready to spin off its axis. So what? Take your own advice. You know all of the platitudes by heart. The sun’ll come out tomorrow. Unless it doesn’t.

Some people love you and you don’t know why. Some people can’t stand you and you don’t care. Okay, you do, but only for the first few minutes. Then it’s their problem. Pointing out the absurd is your kind of fun. Do it. Do it often. Take advantage of opportunities to laugh at yourself. This will come in handy when you can’t remember where you are or how you got here. Write. Write. Write. When you’re stuck, there’s always the laundry.

Kind Regards,


~~what it is, what it was, what it shall be~~

~~hear me now and believe me later~~



24 thoughts on “Dear Me Right Now

  1. I did this on my blog, too. Wrote a letter to my younger self. The only problem was, my younger self didn’t listen to my older self. If he had, my older self would never have been able to dispense said advice to my younger self.

    Confused yet? I am…

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      This is the very reason I decided to write this note to my current self. Why waste time trying to conjure up the fractured past awesome adult me already knows? Bottom line the here and now and get on with it! There’s the lesson!

      1. One of us should really mix things up and write a letter to our future self!

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Oh, it’s on Mr. Petruska. I accept your challenge. What do you say to next Wednesday, high noon?

  2. When my dad lifted his voice in song, the world stopped to listen he had a great tenor. He would sing old songs sometimes, beautifully. Loved this song, I think he might have sung this one later in life.

    I loved this letter to you! Don’t we all wish we could write to our younger selves? By the way, you do sarcasm quite well.

    Write, yes write you do that quite well also.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. Dads who sing. What a gift!

  3. artsifrtsy says:

    I think you are aces at sarcasm! I think a letter to my younger self would have been as eagerly accepted as a letter of advice from my junior high principal. I’m just not cool enough for my younger self to listen to.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I think you are too cool for school, Artsifrtsy.
      I know what you mean. “What the hell do you know?” I would have said to the awesome adult me. Then I would have commenced doing what I wanted to do. Kids!

      1. artsifrtsy says:

        Exactly – every time I hire another 20-something I realize how very uncool I am. I think you are pretty cool yourself.

  4. I think you’re right. Nobody would believe their older self. We’ll never be like t-h-a-t…..

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I haven’t changed a single thing about myself since I was a kid. I’ve changed every thing.

  5. My dad used to sing that song ( he loved happy ones – like Purple People Eater) how great to hear it again.
    Terrific post – covers just about everything.
    Thanks for today’s smile

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      What a fun memory. My dad used to sing funny songs when we were kids. He still does sometimes. I think I’ll give him a call. 🙂

  6. You know I am listening to your song, and I can’ t believe I’ve never heard this one before. My mother used to play 78’s, and this sounds like something that should have been on one of them. 🙂

    Face facts, calm down, listen up, look around, press on … great advice. I missed that post; thanks for pointing it out. And I love these pictures, too. What a great vacation it must have been.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey Maddie. It was the best vacation EVER. 5000+ photos prove it. I’d go back and stay forever.
      That song, There’ll Be Some Changes Made, has been recorded a lot. This version is by a band called…yes, Wack-A-Doo.

      1. I listened to this song by a few other artists (Julie London does a nice version), and it was more familiar. Wack-A-Doo :-).

  7. Your Asian Friend says:

    I think you’re great with the sarcasm!! I wouldn’t be friends with you if you weren’t! 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Awww! Praise from the mommyhood~I love it and I love you too Asian Chiquita Mamacita! 😉

      1. Your Asian Friend says:

        Just go ahead and make your way to Denver for a weekend already!!

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Soon, I promise. 😀

  8. Brigitte says:

    Dear Honie, some of the most interesting people I’ve ever known are wack-a-doos. Love, love, love the pics.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Well, I am one of the wack-a-dooiest! Yeah, the pics…still nursing an Italian hangover! 😉

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