Five years ago I was finishing my junior year of college, going to work as a swim coach for the second summer in a row, and generally missing the point of being 21 years old. It turns out that drinking beer and playing FIFA soccer on playstation 2 every night by yourself isn’t the most meaningful existence… who knew?
I’d love to go back and tell myself that I was going to NCAAs the next year, so to work out a little more (1 tenth of a second would have made me a national champion 9 months later; 3 more days in the weight room that summer could have made me 1 tenth of a second faster). I’d love to tell myself that I should start thinking about my career and that I wasn’t going to stay in school forever. I’d love to tell myself that I should start to work on building the life I wanted. I’d love to tell myself to watch out for a trap here, to avoid a mistake there.
But I wouldn’t tell myself any of those things. I’d just let the life I’ve lived play out the way it did. For every wrong turn I made five years ago led me to find a new path that brought me to where I am today. And today I am in a very good place.
Am I as far along as I would like to be in my career? Do I have all the skills I would want to have? No. But I do have a great career ahead of me and plenty of time to make up the gap. I have a loving wife and a deep understanding of myself, neither of which I would have if I’d not made my mistakes in the last few years.
What I can tell myself, the me of five years from now, is that now was the time that I kicked my life into high gear. I took care of the foundation in the last few years, and now it’s time to fly.
See you in five years.
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