Today’s guest kind of makes me wish my name was Elaine so I could have thought of such a cute lil’ blog name… The Miss Elaine-ous Life! Elaine is the jack of many trades — wife and mother to three, runner, budding photographer, and my personal favorite, blogger! She talks about all of those trades, and more! I stumbled across her site some Monday for her weekly link-up and immediately felt like she was my kind of people. She loves, she struggles, she smiles, she grows and she tells us all about it. I love a gal who can do it all but doesn’t always really want to!
Elaine, if you had the opportunity to sit down with your 18-year-old self what would you say to her?
First of all, this guy, that you swoon over while he is still back at home and you are at college, is NOT the love of your life. And you’re going to be REALLY thankful for that fact in just a few short years.
I’m proud of you for leaving home for college and for meeting new people and trying new things. But you really shouldn’t have tried those clove cigarettes. I mean, girl, what is up with THAT? No more of those, K?
Also, you are right, it is hard to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life and choosing now is even more difficult. But it’s going to turn out way different that you expect right now so hang on and see.
Oh and please, PLEASE wear those white jeans proudly right now. This is about the only time you are going to be able to get away with it. Just sayin’. And worship that fast metabolism and recognize that all those walks across campus (well except for the one to the health center when you will have strep throat) are worth it.
Please cherish all the talks you have with your parents when you do return home, while sitting on the end of their bed and telling them all about your new independence. These are the last times that it will just be the three of you.
Oh and stop making fun of those rain boots your mom bought you before you left for school since they will save your bacon this Spring when it rains SO very much.
In a couple of years, which are going to fly by, you ARE going to meet that guy. THE ONE. And your life will change forever. Just be patient. He is out there. You are both just waiting for each other to be in the right place at the right time. And it will blind-side you both.
You do not know yet, you just cannot, how many beautiful gifts your life together will bring. And that it is okay for you to wait. But both are very true.
And you will not know until later, after living a while longer, how truly blessed you are in this life.
So please, try your hardest not to take anything for granted, no matter how much you may want to do so.
p.s. Keep singing. Always keep singing.
Your 37 Year-Old Self