On Memorial Day I turned 27. This yeah I decided to write a letter to my 7 and 17 year old self. I think it's necessary to look back on your life and reflect. I remember 6, 16 and 26 were all rough years for me but I had to remind myself that 7 and 17 were me coming over rough times in my life.
To 7 year old Erick-Joseph...
Hey there buddy. How was your party? Did everyone show up? I know Momma, Grandma and Grandpa made sure you had a great time. I know your dad didn't show up and that's okay. He may show up next year. Are you excited to enter the 2nd grade after this summer? I would be, you get to hang out with Aarron and meet new people too. I know skylar is still bothering you, but it will get better. You don't need to fight back like everyone tells you. He just says mean things, and everyone wants to you to beat him up. In all honesty, he just likes you but doesn't know how to express it. I'm so sorry about losing Sensei Ed. I know Whitney and Kaydra are taking it hard and remember what he told you at that last tournament: "I promise, you will get your trophy". You will get more trophies and awards than you can ever imagine, for the rest of your life. Oh, and when momma asks if you want to take tap dancing classes don't say no...DO IT! I guarantee it will change your life. Also, work harder in your piano classes. Mr. Forman thinks you are really good! Keep pushing. Just know that I love you dearly and never forget to love your self in all your “goldenness”.
Your 27 year old self (I Know you're really old now)
To 17 year old Erick...
Los! How do you like the new name? Well it's not new now, it's been a couple of years since it was given to you. I know you're excited! LT of the Drill SQUAD dude! Major congrats. I knew you could do it. This year was a rough one...dude you considered moving in with Dudley. Family was rough for us and nothing seemed to go right with them. I hate to break it to you it won't get better. It will be a easier to just separate yourself now from them so you can truly grow.
Atlanta is a good move man, and CAU is a nice school, but is this whole double major a good idea? You may want to rethink it. And as you get ready for applying colleges, remember to thank everyone who has helped you along the way. Plan college apps in the summer though to save time. Your hustle doesn't stop after high school so you gotta pace yourself.
Finally...your crushes...I know the whole SQUAD fiasco got you shook up. Listen, FUCK ALL THAT NOISE. Like who you like. Your family may not agree with it but fuck them, they are ONLY holding you down. I guarantee you will feel a huge weight lifted off your shoulders about this. Showing people who you are will only make the real ones love you more. You are an amazing individual and that's all that matters.
I love you. Take care of yourself. Drink water. Keep working out, even after practice.
your 27 year old self