I have a terrible habit of recording small revelations in the Notes on my phone. As handy as this app is, in my life, it is a flawed system. I lose my revelations, I lose my moments of insight and clarity.
For a long time, I have wanted to keep track of these revelations in order to fully appreciate the stage of life I am currently in. I don’t want to become bitter with age; I want to remember the joy of my youth and the lessons I have learned along the way. But I didn’t know how to begin. So, I decided to formulate these revelations into a blog, or set of reminders. I was inspired by a quote I came across that cautioned novelists against spending too much time rewriting their first sentence, for fear they will never write their second. This is a valid fear. Too many times in my life I have not pursued a task that I was deeply interested in simply due to the idea that I would not do it justice. Enough is enough.
It is important to note that I say ‘selves’ in the title because I believe as humans we are constantly reinventing and regenerating ourselves. We are never truly stagnant – or if we are, we aren’t happy about it. Certainly, I know for myself that I am not the same me I was five years ago. Hell, I’m not the same me I was six months ago! So yes, this is a blog to my future selves. Maybe 20-year-old Morgan who’s beginning her career needs to read this, or maybe it’s 30-year-old Morgan who is settling down and starting a family. Or maybe it is 70-year-old Morgan who may not be feeling as fulfilled as she’d hoped. Maybe I’ll still be adding to it at 70 – I mean learning never truly ends. So, to whichever Morgan is reading this, I am about to share the wisdom of my current self: the books I have read, the movies I have watched, the people I have met, the experiences I have undergone and how they have brought me to this point. Take what you will.