Dear Whoever Finds this Message,
It’s not often that I find myself
alone. There are always,
always, people about me.
Around me. Touching me.
But today, I am here.
Alone. Writing a message to shove
into an empty wine bottle and send
floating down this river.
First, I hope this finds you well.
If not happy, at least content.
Second, have you told someone you
loved them recently? If not, do it.
Even if they don’t return the words,
the feelings. You won’t regret saying them.
There isn’t enough love in the world these
days and people returning (or not returning)
your love should not dictate
if, and when, you love them.
Third, you really should find some time
to put your body in the sand. Lay down,
let it get in places sand shouldn’t. At the
very least, submerge yourself in water –
the ocean, a creek, a river,
Fourth, learn to savor time alone and
in your own mind.
Fifth, drink lots of water.
Sixth, being busy shouldn’t be
a defining part of your personality.
Seventh, remember that you are
incredible. If no one has told you that
recently, let me (a total stranger) remind you.
You are incredible.
Eighth, jump in the damn puddle. It will
be amazing. I promise.
Nineth, be the adult that your
eight-year-old self needed on their
very worst day.
And tenth, should we ever meet,
cross paths and share a few laughs over
coffee or wine,
could you remind me of the first