To: Me, From: Me.

This is a letter to my 17 year old self. I feel like this is a letter all should write to themselves at several points in our lives. It shows how far we’ve come and how far we’ve got to go. Here goes.

Dear Norris,

It’s a real pleasure getting to meet you, at 26, as your 17-year-old self. You’re quite the character. You seem to have a grasp on who you want to be right now but I sense that there is something missing. I feel as though you want your current head space to transpire across the rest of your life and I fear, young sir, that you are setting yourself up for grave disappointment. Externally, you’ve figured out how you want to look, what you want to wear, who you want to be with, where you want to study, how much you want to make, and where you want to go in the world. Though you’ve laid out a good plan for yourself, you’ve forgotten your inner workings. To say that you’ve forgotten them implies that you knew they existed (another observation is that you didn’t). You’re young, resilient, passionate, and excited about life. Take your time to find what it is your passionate about. What drives you to wake up in the morning. Give a little more TLC to talents that you may have hidden deep within you. Try your hand at different activities that you wouldn’t normally go for. Get to know who you are when you’re alone just as well as you do around your friends. Please don’t think I’m beating you up or questioning your sensibility of the world, but you have to understand that 17 years old you don’t have all the answers. You really don’t have any of them. Ten years later and I’m still fishing for a lot of my truths. You’ll get there. We’ll get there. Don’t rush it. Be you on purpose, and love it. Please, I beg of you, don’t trap yourself in an ideal fantasy that you’ll spend the rest of your life trying to attain. Enjoy the moments, transform your dreams to goals, and take people with you. I’ll check on you in a few years.

Most Sincerely Yours,



Forgive those who’ve wronged you and learn to do this throughout life. The older you get the more severe those wrongs become. Don’t let the faults of others be your own.


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