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An Open Letter To My Former Self

If you could tell your former self a few things...what would they be?

Tess,

There you are, walking down 5th Avenue in New York City with less than 300 dollars to your name. You're clutching Pete Doherty's collected writings in one hand and hanging on to your broken backpack strap with the other. On a good day, people may mistake you for a rock star, on a day like today they might think you're a junkie, or someone who may be just tired enough to fall down the subway stairs.
This is where you ended up after college. After all the work and sacrifice. You took a one way flight to New York City without knowing where you'd be in a month. And for you, that was just fine. You must remember that in dreamscapes, nearly everything is possible. Even making it without money all alone in New York City. Reality is another thing all together, but it hasn't stopped you yet. You're not going to have an easy time. And in moments of absolute chaos you will find your balance, as strange as that may sound. It's just where you live, shambolic and natural. At times it will appear that your life is being held up by safety pins, just don't get scared when they snap. All you'll have is your job, and the hope that something will happen. You'll always think about being plucked from obscurity, as you believe it will save your on-the-verge-of-being-a-total-catastrophe self. That might be true. Even I don't know what will save you yet. You'll like the same bands. And you'll still think your only friends are rock stars you've never met.
Despite all of the people who love and support you, you'll still feel alone. And you won't be able to help it, but just know, on a logical level, that they will always care and love you. And when you get into real trouble, they will come running.
Above all else, you'll still have the compulsion to create. Never lose sight of the funny things that make you different.
Some days you'll sit in the subway car and spin out of control in your head. You won't even open Doherty's poetry book because just holding on to it gives you comfort. The sleeping thing will never get better, and you'll learn to live with it rather than substituting substances for a better night. You'll start drinking more water and less booze, and you'll try and create a life for yourself. It may be in shambles, but at least you're trying. The ruts you dig for yourself will not last forever. It seems like you're coping with something...a disconnect maybe, but that is natural and above all else is OK. Your body won't make you happy for a while, but part of that is induced by your fear of failure. You don't have to live up to anything physically, and those thoughts are silly and irrelevant. But if you want to change, do it. Do it for yourself though, not for the scene and not for some dude. Don't give up and just stay conscious of what makes you happy. Things will get better once you're out doing things you like to do.
Never let go of the music. It is who you are. But balance it with the practical, the fucked up, the destructive and the hopeful. Everything will get stronger with time and one passion, writing, acting, music...will lead to the others.
Make sure that you try to live steadily. It doesn't mean you must live like a bore. Steady implies that you're not shaking and groveling. You must remain upright, keep moving forward and never succumb to the snooze button.

No amount of words can ever describe the millennial disconnect you feel, and it's alright. Because in the end, all you need to do is make a difference, and to some you already have.

I'd also advise you to start being proud of yourself, and stop turning to the destructive forces that you think will help. They almost never do. Thinking and feeling and music and art will always be there, but the words? Sometimes they won't come, and that's okay too. Never let go of the wisdom your mother and father gave to you, and don't stop calling them either. They will serve you in times of great sadness and joy. The latter of which, will not come to you often, but that's not the most important thing. You come from a long line of horrorshows and renegades, people who in times of trouble, move inward and forget, but you...you're different...you could be something great.

Although this fact terrifies you on a daily basis, you have nothing to fear, because if you make an effort every day, you'll live up to it.That's what you need to tell yourself.

Don't be afraid to challenge your reputation, and what others think of you. They do not and will not matter. All that matters is the moment you're in. And you'll never get that fully, it's just not how you're wired. But if you can put forth an effort to make the best of things, and not retreat into darkness, it'll make the free fall worth it. Trust me. Signed, With a great amount of admiration and disgust, Your Future Self


I'd like to tag a few of my Vingle friends to write one too: And anyone else for that matter! @jordanhamilton @danidee @alywoah @allischaaff @esha @hiakym @painttowrite @anna2682 @VinMcCarthy @paulisaverage @lizarnone @TerricaRiley @buddyesd @marshalledgar
Feel free to tag someone else if you decide to post your "Open letter". XX
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Ahhhhh! this card def put things in perspective. I would love to write all my thoughts in this comment box, but I will save that for my personal post. Literally shed a tear. Keep remaining positive and all your dreams will soon come to fruition. Great card, literally!
This is great, Tess! Thanks for sharing this. It's insane how much we learn as we grow older. :)
@esha 💗
@Richs14 You might enjoy this, too.
words can not express my admiration for the person you have been, the amazing person you are and the immeasurable person your becoming..thank you my beautiful Bella
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Welcome to our IdeaPlan review and useful information. Please take your time reading so you understand how the product helps your business. 1. How can software help you create a Roadmap and Changelog? It is easy to create a Roadmap for your product. Just put it on a piece of paper. But, it is much harder to create the Changelog for that roadmap. There are many online tools out there, but still not quite enough of them. It’s even more difficult to put that information into a simple way for others to know what they need to do and when they need to do it. The best part about this software is that it allows you to view all your existing Roadmaps/Changelogs in one place! This means you can quickly find what feature(s) are being backlogged for each project, as well as make sure users aren’t missing any important ones due to lack of knowledge or because they don’t want/need certain features/changes right now! The software also allows you to make custom Changelogs so users can easily add content if they want something specific added or removed from their roadmap while also providing a way for you to make changes during development without having to re-write the whole thing from scratch! 2. What are some benefits of using software to create a Roadmap and Changelog? Feature Request and Changelog are the two primary ways that companies communicate their products. Many people use them, most of the time to communicate updates to their product as part of a Feature Request . In addition to communicating a new feature, feature request is one of only three ways for companies to communicate about the problems that their product solves, with the other two being bug reports and feature requests As developers, we have always been taught to listen carefully when our customers talk about new features. We should do this even more so now. It helps us determine if our customers are actually asking for a feature or if they have some problem that is being solved by the product. And in the latter case, we can provide it in the form of an update to improve the user experience (perhaps a fix for a bug). I recently had two very different conversations with people who were using my software: one who was using it to create custom Roadmaps and Changelogs and another who was using it exclusively as a way to iterate on features in an automated way — they both used its ability to create custom Changelogs and Roadmaps as part of their development process. In both cases, I found myself wondering how useful these tools were for them (and whether they would be able to use them at all if they had access). In both cases I also saw value in helping them make better decisions about what features need more attention. This post is going through my thoughts on this topic. 3. How can you use a Roadmap and Changelog to improve customer experience? A roadmap is a detailed plan for the evolution of an idea. The idea is that if you spend the time to create a roadmap, you will have a much more concrete sense of where you have got to and where there are opportunities for improvement. This can help you identify areas where additional resources or capital might be needed. One of the best ways to improve your product’s value proposition is by making it easier for your customers to explain their use cases and needs. You need to do this either by improving your product itself or by improving how people communicate with other people using your product. IdeaPlan is a tool that allows you to create Roadmaps, Changelogs and Feature Requests (FRs) for your own products (and even external ones). People can show how they use your product and how they want the product improved upon. They can also contribute new functionality and bug fixes. Official Link:
The Nonbeliever’s Guide to Bible Stories
Throughout contemporary life, references from the Bible, its stories, and characters surround us. As a result, nonbelievers may be at a loss when they encounter them in conversation, art, or literature.  Modern-day controversies such as separation of church and state, posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings, nativity displays, and other issues may not be fully understood. This represents a gap in nonbelievers’ knowledge base.  My first book was written for my daughter as a guide to successful living. Trust Your Radar: Honest Advice for Teens and Young Adults from a Surgeon, Firefighter, Police Officer, Scuba Divemaster, Golfer, and Amateur Comedian combines life lessons with fun stories from my varied careers. A second book, Trust Your Radar, Slackers’ Edition, is a streamlined version. Both works identify organized religion as “jammers” of our clear-thinking “brain radars.” My new book, The Nonbeliever’s Guide to Bible Stories, fills the information gap about the Bible for my daughter and lucky readers.  It’s a secular sprint from Genesis to Revelation, hitting the characters, stories, occasional highlights, numerous lowlights, and famous quotes (featured in italics).  Nonbelievers should have some concept of the religious fairy tales being foisted upon their believing peers. At a minimum, just to get all the jokes.  Read the full story https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/12/the-nonbelievers-guide-to-bible-stories.html
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Student Debt: The Death of The American Dream
When you wake up with a college degree and no savings, people might say you're on your way to a future or that you don't have one. I am a proud graduate of Ohio University, conferred this Spring. BFA in Theater Performance, Minor in Journalism. I loved my college, my friends and the teachers who guided me through. What I did not love, what I in fact loathed was the bureaucracy. In today's America twenty-somethings fresh out of college are offered two things: 1. Crippling debt and 2. The existential woe of not knowing if their degree was worth that debt. Thoughts like this tow the line of the young adults today. Instead of having the positive effect of feeling like the world is in your hands, we get calls from our Universities asking for donations not even a month after we finish our degrees. Seriously, you're asking me for money now? It just seems like poor taste to ask someone who graduated not even two months ago for a donation. We all want to wake up with a degree in our hand, a future and the notion that all the hard work we put in, will pay off. College is a fundamental part of the American Dream, and that dream is being killed by student debt and rising tuition costs. People whine about this all the time, but to really understand what it's like, take it from a 22 year old buried under more than 50, 000 dollars of it. We must put a face to our debt. We're not just numbers on a screen. We're people, and we're dragging our loans behind us. They're getting heavier and heavier every day. At this time, in this country, few things are more horrifying than student debt. The government made over 50 Billion dollars off of student debt in 2013. Yet... College is necessary. But is it necessary to enter into indentured servitude to pay for it? College is an amazing time filled with necessary experiences and learning opportunities. It's an enriching experience that everyone should get to have. Money should not dictate who gets a "future" and who is left behind. Employers across the country will require a college degree, so why is it so hard to pay for one? Student debt turns scholars into victims, doomed to spend the best days of their lives paying back the institutions and the country that "wanted to give them an education". People will argue that we knew what we were in for. When we got our acceptance letters, we accepted the debt and all that goes with it. When we filled out our FAFSA forms and decided to go to college, we sold our souls: to the government, to the school itself, and to the people who make decisions for us, that don't know us or care about what we had to do to get to college. Over 40 Million Americans currently hold student debt. And this isn't just 20 somethings, it's 30 somethings, 40 somethings, 50 somethings. Everyone. Seven million of those 40 have defaulted on their loans, leaving them with trashed credit and no hope of getting housing or car loans for their future, or their families. Corporations can file for bankruptcy after failure to pay back their debts...student borrowers can't. The moral question is: is that fair? Just because we know the terms and conditions of our fate does not mean our fate is right or just. In today's America morality and righteousness, what's fair and good, bows down to money and profit. College isn't a public service anymore, it's a God damn business. And just like those sleazy car salesmen people make fun of on TV, your loan officer or FAFSA representative will look you in the eye and say, "You need college, you need these loans. There's no other way! Drive your future off the lot today." Some say that college is priceless, the best years of your life. Now I know that people put a price on everything. Your books, your dorm, your food, your classes, they all cost something. And when you're living off the refunds from your student loans, your life starts to cost you more and more money. Just buying groceries makes your student debt skyrocket. Everything. These thoughts find me when I'm sitting on the subway into work. I think about my student loans and my "number" all the time. How much was my education worth? It was priceless, as far as knowledge and value, happiness, experience. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I would trade the phone calls for alumni donations, and the emails giving me a countdown before my six-month grace period is up. I'd trade the burden it has on my parents and parents everywhere who have to send their kids to college. We have no choice it seems, but to accept these terms and conditions. Nothing is free, but that doesn't mean it should cost you everything. As I sit in my sub-letted living room in Brooklyn, New York, fresh out of college, my phone rings. It's Ohio U, asking for a donation. I let it go to voicemail, and keep on typing. I stand up, and think: "Does all of this prove that the American Dream is really dead? Or is this the necessary cycle of debt that we signed up for when we were told we had to go to college?" Do you have student debt? What's your number?