There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What would you say to the person you were five years ago? What will you say to the person you’ll be in five years?
To the Ann of five years ago, 28 years old, living in Austin, TX in the year 2006, having just bought a house two months previous and preparing for her upcoming ordination into the ministry I would say: take more vacations and guard your heart. Trust your intuition, unfortunately, you'll be right about most of the men you date. And don't be a pansy. Stand up for yourself. Sue the guy who sold you the house. You'll need the money someday.
To the Ann of 2016, age 38 and counting, I would like to say: I'm sorry if I screwed this up for us. Do the best with what I've left you. We'll make it through. All we've got is each other. The past, and the present. The future is what we make of it.