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Dear 65-Year-Old Me: Maggie Young

Dear 65-year-old-me will feature BB writers’ and readers’ personal letters to their older selves. If you’re interested in having your letter published on Blissful Belle, send us an email to​m.

Dear 65-year-old me,

You did it! Look at the trail you have blazed in this unpredictable life. What a ride it has been, and it sure isn’t over yet! Growing up you were always so driven. Sometimes driven to the point that work outweighed play in an unhealthy balance. Once you had your eyes set on a goal, you put your whole heart into it and never looked back.

Your life unfolded in the most interesting of ways, per usual. All of your endless nights working on internships, fantasizing about living in New York City as a magazine editor, writing school papers and researching article information finally paid off. The road to the magazine industry was long and full of bumps, but that is part of what drew you into the industry. It was full of challenges and opportunity. You made your way out to New York after graduating from college. You were so young, but a prepared young thing at that. You had done everything in your power to maximize your skills. When it came to dreams, you were a believer. That is something that no one will ever be able to change about you. A little Midwestern girl from Kansas in the big city, what a treat. An editorial assistant job at SELF magazine was finally at your fingertips. You achieved a writing position at your all-time favorite magazine. Life had shaped up to be everything you wanted and more. Hard work had served you well. Every day was an adventure and your goals were met because your preparation met opportunity. You loved every single time you stepped foot in the SELF magazine office. This is where you were meant to be. It was a place of inspiration, health and happiness. A celebration of each individual self. You got to contribute to such a powerful organization with your very own creativity. Every ounce of effort was worth it. Those nights you stayed in to work on magazine articles? Those are what set you apart from others. Hard work was your token and you used it. You took your love for writing and health even further and developed your own nutrition, fitness and lifestyle magazine. This was the most fulfilling task that you had ever accomplished. It had always been a thought in the back of your head that matured into a reality over the years. You knew you had traveled down the right life path. The best part of it all? You now had the ability to inspire and improve many lives with the written word.

You were always as close as ever with your family. It was a blessing to get to work in New York City with your older brother. His support helped you out from the time you were born, but most especially throughout college and the beginning of your career. He was always there for you and still is. Your older brother is a one in a million kind of guy and will forever be one of your very best friends and support systems. You wouldn’t have stayed sane without your good old Kansan grounding and your parent’s guidance. Never were you too old to take advice from mom and dad and that served you well. Family was always the top priority and you took it upon yourself to reunite with your mom and dad at every possible opportunity. They became your close friends through the years and always knew what was best for you. Your little brother never ceased to amaze you with the loyalty and compassion he displayed towards his big sis. He always came to visit you and your older brother and your friendship grew stronger with the years. Your brothers and parents were and always will be the best people you know. What treasured gifts they are.

And hey, guess what? You even managed to have a family of your own. You married a loving husband who supported you through the rough patches in life. He loved you for you and you loved him for him. That is all that you ever wanted. You created a beautiful life together with two energetic and hard working children. You worked together as a team to solve issues throughout life, which was always important to you in a relationship. You explored the world and bonded together over long walks, runs and bike rides. Above all, you supported one another to reach their highest potential. You married the nice guy. The guy that always had your back and could make you smile with that smile. The man you chose to spend your life with exuded a love that you cherished fully and completely.

Now, how about that for a fairytale 65-year-old me? You aged gracefully, but no worries, you still kept your feisty attitude. You always loved the quote, “The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do,” and what a dreamer and doer you always were. Continue to dream and do, for that is the essence of life.




2 comments on “Dear 65-Year-Old Me: Maggie Young

  1. marn jensen
    August 12, 2011

    This is fantastic. And, the cool thing? i’m sure it will all play out like this…
    at least something like this–because you are a doer! go maggie go. 🙂

    ps–when you get to that job part in new york and need to know someone in the health/mag industry…look me up. i just may have a connection for you. 🙂 marn

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