Saturday, January 22, 2011
Dear Present Mara,
When we were born, I never imagined you’d be doing what you’re doing right now. Hey, it was 1984 and the internet hasn’t been invented yet. Or has it? I’m not really sure. We, er, you, were still a baby then. But now, this 30-day meme is asking you what you want to do in 10 years! Personally, I don’t think you have no idea what you want to do, seeing that you’ve been winging it these past years, i.e., your life!
But you see, Present Mara, I predict a bright future ahead of us. I’m not saying this to give you a sense of false hope. It’s true because I’ve been there, or, I’m in it. To make things less confusing, Present Mara, allow me to introduce myself. Meet Yourself, 10 years from now. Meet Future Mara, i.e., me, or us.
I have to say, the future’s looking promising, Present Mara. Sure, they haven’t invented hover boards yet nor flying cars, but things have finally looked up for you.
Career-wise, you’re there. To put it simply without really being vague, you finally have the balls, the ‘nads, and the authority to say “…, bitch” right after you introduce yourself. You’re the go-to person when it comes to capturing the attention span of people on the internet. What you sell them, they buy, and companies are just in awe how you can peddle their goods.
You’re still writing but now for leisure and not to earn your keep. But here’s the clincher: People still pay you to write. A far cry from someone who didn’t know the difference between breath and breathe.
Two kids, a four-bedroom house with a two-car garage and a garden and pool, and a husband who is your equal. Not so bad, Us! Not so bad. To think you started s0 late in the game.
We have also travelled the world a bit, Present Mara. I know traveling just for the sake of traveling is not really your thing, Present Mara, but circumstance have brought you there. So far, you’ve lived a few years in some countries (which I am not telling, btw) and have immersed yourself completely into those places’ culture. You ride MRTs, buses, trains; order local food; greet everyone like you live just around the corner; and know the best shopping places like it’s nobody’s business. We, to be cheesy about it, have become a Person of the World.
These are all yours, Present Mara. In 10 years these can be yours. Just keep on doing what you’re doing and do it good! In the words of the immortal Carpenters, “we’ve only just begun.”