December 21 – Future Self. Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?)
In five years time I would be *grumbles an age that you didn't quite hear which seems a bit old but am sure when I get there it won't seem too bad*.
The art tour will be well behind me. I hope to have built up to something fun and exciting and boundary pushing again. Our family may have jumped from 2 to 5, including the little white dog that knocked me down in the snow yesterday. My current house is quiet and fairly well-ordered. My future house will be a hub of activity and busy. So, I will tell my future self to TRY to not be so damn perfect at everything because you will fail, fail, fail. So what if there are piles of laundry to do and floors to hoover and dishes to clean. Just go out and have your fun with Chrissy and Jo or Tilly and Sammy or Danny and Chris. Go and build snowmen. Go sledging. Have your fun and run through the snow. Because this is the kind of life you have been imagining for years, so you better go out and enjoy it.
How about my former self of 10 years ago? Well, you've found me at one of my lowest points, unfortunately. What would I tell myself? Don't be ashamed for having found yourself at a women's abuse shelter. You didn't know it was going to end like this. It could have happened to anyone. You've made some mistakes and things will only get better from here.
So good luck, Cass. You're life is going to be brilliant!