Future Me

Today’s post is an appreciation post for someone who I don’t mention all that often: Future Me.

Ok, there’s also an apology that needs to happen because there have been times when I haven’t been all that cool to Future Me, but he always shows up. He picks up the pieces, he’s constantly doing the dishes, and he’s doing his best for Present Me.

So here it is:

I’m sorry that I don’t think about you as often as I should. I’m sorry that you’ve woken up, not getting as much sleep as I know you need.

I’ve been selfish.

And I’m sorry. I’ve been a terrible friend to you. You’ve always been there for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am if not for you.

I need to be better. I will be better. I am committing to keep you in my thoughts like you deserve. I’m committing to you that I’m going to start pulling my own weight.

I will work to become a person you can be proud of.

I love you, Brother.

Now you might be reading this and thinking to yourself, “Wow. Someone had a rough night.” But that’s not the case.

I’ve said before that this blog is as much for me as it is for you, Reader, and this thought about the relationship between Present Me and Future Me has been bubbling around the periphery of my thoughts for some time now.

Today, when the seasons are on the cusp of change, seemed to be a good time to bring them to the front, poke at them, and see what happens.

That’s what this is. This is me recognizing that I haven’t always been as forward thinking as I could have been. It is also me admitting that I’m not perfectly disciplined. There will inevitably be days where Future Me will have to pick up from where Present Me fell short. This is me acknowledging this and, more importantly, accepting that I will fall short of the ideal from time to time.

What I can do, though, is work to keep those days to a minimum. We both deserve that much, and I think we both realize that what really matters is the attempt. The decision to move toward something better – even if it’s a single step – matters, and is worth acknowledging.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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