A Letter To My 30-Year-Old Self : Sarah Maguire

Hands-Writing-Notebook-Journal-Concrete Photo : Alanna Bagladi

Dear Sarah,

Your 22-year-old self would like to give a shout-out to your 30-year-old self by saying, wow! Look how far we’ve come (pending getting eaten by a shark, getting hit by a bus, or becoming severely ill).  Let’s not think about those things, or the 30 pounds you’ve put on since your 18-year-old self wrote you a letter.  However, you’ve done some pretty big things in the past quarter (life quarter that is), and it’s good to feel somewhat accomplished when you’re about to leave your first big-kid job in Chicago.

Have you adopted another dog? Or worse…. are you thinking about babies? I hope you have found someone kind to spend your time with and I’m really curious as to where you will be living geographically.  Moving to Chicago was the best decision you made at 18 and let’s hope for great things moving to North Carolina at 22.

I hope you are still sticking to your morals and values, and not in a religious sense, but in the sense that you have learned so much from your first job about how ugly corporate America can be, and how really there are not right and wrong decisions as far as your life path goes at this point.  The important thing is to make a commitment and stick to it.  If you believe in what you are doing everything should turn out okay eventually, right? Or at least that’s the philosophy we are going to stick to in our 20s.

Remember what is important and know that if you do not like how something is going you always have the control to make a change.  Any positive change.  The future does not have to be so scary if you are happy with how things are going in the now. And if you are not, make that change! I hope you are still trusting your gut, getting into aggressive arguments about what you believe in, and sometimes getting too invested in other people.  I hope you still are maintaining amazing relationships with Mom, Dad, and Adam and being thankful every day you have the absolute best support system in the world.  I hope you have paid off your credit cards, AT LEAST A LITTLE, and don’t ever second guess the opportunity to explore.  I’d like to keep this short and sweet, but I hope there are more ladies in powerful positions in government and maybe you’ll even be one of them, or a public health worker, or a garbage lady. Who knows? However, stay excited about life.




Sarah Maguire : Public Health guru specializing in sexual and women’s health issues. Usually spend my free time at dive bars, eating cheese, or in, on, or around large bodies of water.