We met in the coffee shop. I arrived first and was anxious to see how I fared within the next ten years. Would my hair still be long and blonde? Would I still be thin? I imagined we would still look very similar to one another, especially since it would in essence be “me” but from the future, from ten years from now.
I ordered two Columbian Roast coffees with cream, nothing fancy. I didn’t worry about what “she” would want, I assumed my, er, her, um, our taste would still be the same. Within minutes of the coffee arriving at my table, a woman was entering the coffee shop.
Something about her aroused my spirit, could that be her? I mean, me? No. She’s too old. She’s heavy! I have never been heavy in my life! Holy sh*t! What the f**k happened to me to end up looking like that? Her hair is completely white! She walks like an old person. Things are supposed to get easier as you get older, aren’t they? Haven’t I been through the worse with being widowed, raising four sons…?
Without saying anything, she came to my table, pulled up a chair and stared at me, my face, my eyes, my eyes. It was like she could travel through space, looking into my eyes. I swear I saw tears well up in her own eyes and then she spoke after taking a sip of her coffee and nodding her head that it was good.
“You are going to face the most challenging times of your life within these next ten years. Your heart will be broken over and over but that’s only because the roots of your love grow deeper and deeper. Imagine the mighty tree whose roots crack man made foundations, parkways and sidewalks. The cracking, the breaking is of the surface, not the entity. You will grow to understand this and finally be at peace with your great sensitivities which will become greater and deeper.
“The reflection you see and believe of yourself from others will be shattered as you finally realize yourself for who you are and separate the liars from your life. There will be many from whom you will choose to separate. This will be a good thing, it will open doors for you. You will grow in wisdom from this experience.
“You will question many, many past decisions of your life but you will remain steadfast in listening to your inner voice and know – that voice is what continues to guide and save you from serious, nearly unrecoverable disasters. Never desert your instinct, it is an incredible gift which has been blessed upon you.
“Someone from your past will be in touch with you. You lose many nights of sleep as you consider the offer this person presents to you. Your inner-voice stands stronger than ever to guide you in making the right decision and peace with the past while staying on your path.
“There will be many health issues within your home. You will face the possibility of death as you learn of a disease you have. I am here, so you already know that you survive up to November of 2014. Beyond that, no one knows how long they have. Do not concentrate on how much time is left, for in that wonder thieves are stealing your present – the gift of time.
“Rest. Forgive yourself. Trust your instincts. Practice love. Accept love. The next ten years are going to put you through Hell but bring you closer to Heaven. Remember, going uphill is better than lying under it.”
Today’s thoughts inspired by: Daily Post: Good Tidings – Present-day you meets 10-years-ago you for coffee. Share with your younger self the most challenging thing, the most rewarding thing, and the most fun thing they have to look forward to.