Dear Younger Self by
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What a cutie!   But seriously I’m here to give you some advice.

Be a more adventurous eater,  try the sushi.

Don’t fight with your mother so much,  you’ll find out later she was usually right.

Practice the piano so you can play something besides Fur Elyse.

Don’t abandon your theatre dreams and someday you may be a star.

Forget that lucrative job offer and join the Peace Corps.

Buy the shoes and eat the cake.

Take marriage more seriously and maybe you’ll get it right the first time.

And please check back every few years if you’re not too busy.

RetroFlash / 100 words

Dana Susan Lehrman

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    That all sounds like good advice, but oh, there’s one tantalizing bit in there about marriage…care to give a bit more into, older Dana?

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    I love the way you expressed so much in 100 words, Dana. Great advice for life’s journey. And you were a cutie indeed!

  3. John Shutkin says:

    Great story, Dana, and great use of RetroFlash. And such wise advice too, especially about the shoes and the cake. And you are also so right about marriage advice probably being the toughest to give, even to oneself and even with the benefit of years of hindsight and (presumed) wisdom.

  4. Marian says:

    Love the part about buying the shoes, Dana, how true. Yes, take marriage seriously, but if it does end, your life isn’t over by any stretch. All good advice.

  5. I agree with your comment that marriage is a crap shoot…and would add that so is life.

  6. Suzy says:

    Great advice, Dana! My favorite is the one about not fighting with your mother so much, but maybe that’s because I’m now reading with the perspective of a mother. And definitely try the sushi!

    • Thanx Suzy! I just looked up the pertinent Mark Twain quote to get it right.

      “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.”

  7. Ha, love this. I got the impression you were running along the station platform, shouting advice to yourself. Sounds like whoever you were on the train came up buying the shoes and eating the cake. Brava!

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