17 Years Ago


17 Years Ago

I love number 17. Always have and always will. It’s somewhat of an odd number, not one (as far as I know) acclaimed to anyone too famous like Pele, Michael Jordan or Babe Ruth, or a number people fight for. Seventeen was birthed to me when I picked up a random soccer jersey out of a box on a hot summer day freshman year of high school, and I owned it.

Funny enough, my 3-year-old daughter has my childhood girlie furniture and #17 is written in colored eyeliner in the corner of her mirror. Perhaps I didn’t dust or clean my mirrors very well as a teenager? Either way, I am going to leave it for as long as possible.

Late this evening, I was going through some old pictures for an upcoming charity gala for JDRF where my family will be the Fund A Cure Family (I can’t wait), and I was surprised by something I wrote 17 years ago. As I was looking at old photo albums, I came across my famous Senior Year scrapbook.

This book has pages dedicated to best friends, dances; you name it. Yet, there were a few pages with script. After reading an entry I wrote about what I have learned in life, at the age of maybe 17, I was taken back. These words and thoughts mean the same to me today, but with much more experience, successes and challenges between the years. So here goes, this is what young Kelly drafted 17 years back, but I still stand by today.

What I Have Learned (May 16, 2002)

  • One of the hardest things in life is to love everything about yourself.
  • From the color of your eyes to the true person you are.
  • I have learned not to lose hope in my goals;
  • Everything that has happened or happens, happens for a reason.
  • I have learned to not lose faith,
  • Life is a lot harder without Him.
  • And that every day, is a new day.
  • I have learned to stop worrying about the small things.
  • The only outcomes are stress and poor health.
  • Smile, no matter what mood you are in, in any circumstance it always cheers you up a little bit.
  • Be nice to everyone you meet; you never know what they are dealing with.
  • Always put your best foot forward,
  • You are blessed with such talents for a reason.
  • Set some time aside for yourself regularly,
  • And not get too caught up in everyone else and forget who you are.

Perhaps this can inspire you, and in the least move you to reflect on your past and solidify your priorities for 2019.

It’s so ironic as I am dreaming about my 2019 and what I want/wish for it to be like and what goals I want to chase. I plan to simplify things, my choices, my agenda, my to-do list, and put myself first.

It’s a shame I haven’t read this in SO long. But I am grateful for coming across it tonight and realizing I need to pause more often and tap into my intuition.

What are your dreams for 2019? Is there any advice from my 2002 copy that you want to take with you next year?