Don’ts of life

A letter to myself

Throughout life one unwantedly commits countless mistakes. What tells them apart is how distant into the future they linger on, causing the unaware perpetrator the deepest regrets, self-embarrassment, humiliation and a sense of helpless naïveness. Being the good guy ought to be most people’s furthest reaching mistake.

Unlike most people, I don’t wish I could hop inside a time-machine and zip back in time in an attempt to dodge the mistakes I’ve commited over the years. Rather, I’d like to meet a postman who’s got that time travelling device and have him deliver to the younger me a handwritten letter written by the older, present-day me. What would I tell myself?

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Dear young myself,

For your own future’s sake, follow through the don’ts listed bellow and you shall spare yourself tears in the near future:

  1. DO NOT be the good guy 24/7, for a logic threshold for helping others is that above which helping someone else equals causing yourself to be in a position where you’ll need help.

Yourself, with love.

July, the 17th, 2018

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An International Relations degree holder; a language, history and economics aficionado; and a soon-to-be Economist who sees writing a thought-untangling act.

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Adilson S. Proença

An International Relations degree holder; a language, history and economics aficionado; and a soon-to-be Economist who sees writing a thought-untangling act.