A Letter to My Six-Year-Old Self


It’s me. Well, you. From the future.

I know you must have your suspicions. After all, you’re six. You question everything. So allow me to verify my identity by telling you something only you would know: your favorite food. Or should I say, foods?

That’s right. Lasagna and brownies. I know about ‘em both. I also know about that pocket comb you stole from your friend Matt’s house and your secret crush on Krista. I know everything about you, Devon. I’m you. Just a few years older.

How much older? Brace yourself… twenty years.

I know, hard to imagine. Me, you, us, twenty-six-years old. It’s not as old as it sounds, though. Sure, I could be your dad at this point, but, well, man, maybe it is as old as it sounds. Shoot!

Any way, let me get to the point. I’m writing to you for a couple of specific reasons. First, I’d like to tell you a little about the future (without disclosing too much) to calm a few of your apprehensions. I’d also like to help you avoid a couple of potentially embarrassing moments. Nothing terrible, but yeah, it would be cool to avoid some of that stuff.

So, here are 10 things you should know about the future. Listen up!

1. You get a girlfriend. It takes a little while. Maybe a little while longer than some of your friends. But the wait is worth it. (You also get to kiss that girl, which is just as amazing as you think it will be.)

2. You go back to school after you finish school. It sounds insane now, but it’ll make more sense later.

3. Mom and Dad paying the bills and making food and stuff is SO much cooler than you can possibly imagine. Don’t take it for granted.

4. You have most of your hair at twenty-six. A bit more everywhere else, and maybe even one or two gray hairs in your beard, but almost all the head hair is still there.

5. You forget your lunch in third grade and cry about it a little. Try not to do this.

6. In high school, you think it will be cool to wear your clothes a few sizes too big. This is not as cool as you think it is.

7. The corduroy pants you like so much in middle school ARE as cool as you think they are. Despite what other people might say.

8. At twenty-six, Mom and Dad are still the coolest, smartest people you know (along with one other very special lady who shall remain nameless).

9. As it turns out, you really don’t use that much math in the real world.

10. You will always have anxiety and doubts about the future. That’s okay. Continue to be positive and kind and things will generally work out in your favor.

The rest you’ll figure out as you go. Good luck, Devon.


4 thoughts on “A Letter to My Six-Year-Old Self”

    1. Thank you for the kind words! Appreciate you taking the time to give it a read! (Feel free to take the idea and run with it!)

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