The Rules: Depending on your age, go back 10, 15, 20, or even more years. Tell us how many years back you have traveled. Pretend you have met yourself during that era, and tell us where you are. You only have one “date” with this former self. Answer the questions.
I have gone back 20 years . We’ll say it’s today's date, October 8, 1990. Young Angie is 31 and living in an apartment in Aurora, IL (a Chicago, IL suburb). She's lived there for about six months, after living in Houston for eight years.
Would your younger self recognize you when you first meet? Not immediately, but she will definitely know I am family --- probably on our dad's side. She's going to be appalled at my/our waist measurement.
Would she be surprised to discover what you are doing job-wise? Yes and no. We work for the same employer but I believe she would be surprised that I am still with this employer and now have an office in DC and commute from Wisconsin. (It is possible she may seriously consider mental health counseling based on this information.)
What piece of fashion advice would you give her? She was a bit better put together than I am now but definitely trendy. She loves Casual Corner and the Speigel's outlet store. I would tell her to ditch the perm and invest in classic wardrobe pieces for work. Stick with the basics and don't waste cash on cutsie stuff.
What do you think she is most going to want to know? I believe she'll be very interesting in her future love life. Within the next year she will meet her future husband at a Chi-Chi's Restaurant in Rockford, IL. (Romantic, eh?)
What would probably be the best thing to tell her? Exercise regularly, lay-off the anxiety eating, avoid one particular dentist, and remember to tell the family you love them. Find a good yoga instructor. Annual vet visits for the cat would be a good thing. You can do what ever you set your mind and heart on.
What is something that you probably wouldn’t tell her? The sad stuff; it will come soon enough.
What do you think will most surprise her about you? That I can spin yarn. That I'm pretty happy.
At this point in your life, would you like to run into “you” from the future? Yes. Oh, well, maybe. So many possibilities......