August 1, 2014 Prompt: Write a letter to yourself 10 years ago. What do you know now, that you wished you’d known then?
It's about time you stopped with the dumbass spelling of your name which you devised at age sixteen and had engraved on a Zippo lighter (the teenage version of legally and permanently changing one's name) so that you could offer one spelling for people who call you Jen and people who call you Jennie. You're thirty years old, and you're not a Jennie. You're a Jen.
Things are about to get very difficult, very fast. It's time to make that huge step you've been putting off because it's scary, and time to get on with the rest of your life. It's going to be really great, and the kids are going to turn out to be incredible people. Stop being so afraid.
Let me say that again: Stop being so afraid.
You, age 40.