I’ve been thinking about my upcoming birthday. It’s August 9th. I’ll be 27. Yikes!!! I’m getting old, people! I feel some sort of way about aging, but I’m not exactly sure why. It might be because I’m scared I won’t be doing what I expect to be doing by a certain age. Maybe I’m scared that I’m getting too old to do stupid things. You know, like I can’t get in a fight with a chick who’s talking to my man (what man?); I can’t change my major from International Studies to French and then to English; I can’t wear leggings, a tank top, and big gold hoops to work. *Sigh* I’m leaving a certain part of my life and entering another. I’m not saying that I’m done having fun or being carefree at times. I’m just saying I can’t ask my parents for gas money anymore and feel ok about myself.
Really, when I think about it and put things in perspective, I feel good about where I am right now. I could be doing more, but I could’ve done less. C’est la vie. I hope not to feel the same way when I’m turning 37. So, I’ve decided to come up with some things that I can look at in ten years that may help me feel at least as good as I do now.
- Be Sexy
Future Mariah, you need to be fine, honey. If you are going to be getting all old and ish, you need to look like a million bucks. If you no longer have a workout plan and/or a healthy diet, get one boo boo! Presently, you are 1_3 pounds (I’ll remember what number goes in that blank). If you are more than 10 pounds heavier than this and not carrying another human being in your stomach, you ought to be ashamed! Every time you pass a mirror, you should be impressed with yourself. Remember, you don’t like negative statistics. You don’t want to be a black woman with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart problems. You also don’t want to be frumpy. Don’t get a weird haircut or wear sweat pants other than to the gym. And I hope you haven’t stopped using baby oil after showers. Remember, black don’t crack. Don’t crack, Mariah!
2. Be Risky
Future Mariah, if you have lived a boring, uneventful, predictable, “do everything you’re supposed to do” life and if you are not pleased with this (and I know you’re not), take a risk! Do something out of the box. Quit your job and move to Indonesia for a year. Start a business. Adopt a child. Do something! At least try.
3. Be Smart
Future Mariah, you should be using your brain and your skills to improve the world somehow. You should not be working at Bath & Body Works. You should not be sitting at home allowing a rich husband (I claim him in the name of Jesus!) to finance your nothing life. Even if you’re a stay-at-home mom or just don’t have a job for some reason, you should still be using your gifts for the greater good. If you are working some place that doesn’t allow you to use your smarts to do something lasting, go home and do it in your free time. Use your brain. No excuses. Also, if you’re not married and still dating stupid guys, stop it. You should also not find yourself in too much silly drama either. Develop healthy relationships. Don’t hate on women for no reason. Grow up. Be smart. Make good decisions.
4. Be Fun
Future Mariah, life is good! Enjoy it! You should still take trips with Cassie, visit your line sisters, and crack jokes with your brothers. If you’re married, do something spontaneous with your husband tonight. If you have children, throw them an over-the-top party for no reason. If you have neither, don’t sweat it! Host a “Loving Life” dinner party with your friends. Create fun. Don’t wait on it to find you.
5. Be Grateful
Future Mariah, if you’re reading this you’re a blessed girl. No matter what has happened there is much to be thankful for. Remember where you’ve been, what God has brought you out of, what’s really important. Family. Love. Faith. Remember what Robin said when Cancer was eating at her life, “Either way it goes.” Either way it goes it’s all good. No matter what has happened, no matter how things look, no matter who is still with you or who has not made it, God is good and so are you.
See you in 10 years!