Sunday, July 8, 2012

Letter to my YA self - Kevin Jackson

We have something very special for our letter to my YA self series today...a guy! Kevin asked if those with Y chromosomes were eligible to participate because he had a few word for his YA self. And of course, I said yes!

Kevin Jackson is an award-winning screen writer. He is also President & Managing Partner of MyTeeVee, LLC (, a partner in Lobo Production Group (, and the Operations Manager for Curiosity Quills Press (


Dear 16 Year Old Kevin,

The fact that everyone feels sorry for you because of what happened to your father is NOT a license for you to act like an idiot and do whatever the hell you want in the name of "having fun." Yes, having fun is important, and there are far too many people out there who take life much too seriously, but life requires balance. Jeopardizing your potential just so that you can party a little more is idiotic, and taking advantage of the fact that everyone just assumes your "struggling" to deal with your father's accident is manipulative and selfish.

You're right, okay? -- you should be able to do what you want when you want. But you're 16 -- you haven't even begun to discover who you are and what you can really be, and if you stay on this path you'll delay those discoveries by many years, if you even make them at all. You have the potential to do anything in the world that you want (I know older people say that to younger people all the time, but in your case it's actually true). You need to spend more time figuring out what that is and less time screwing around just because you know you can. The sooner you realize this, the fewer years you'll later regret having wasted.

The universe has given you so many gifts, not the least of which is the knowledge of how important it is to live the life that you want to live. Embrace those gifts, don't waste them.

With much love,

You in 20+ years
Thank you Kevin! Sage advice for your younger self. I'm glad he grew up to become awesome. :)

P.S. Hey Krystal - Congratulations on 300 followers!


  1. What a great exercise. I'm going to try it!

  2. Sometimes we take advantage of situations. How long did it take you to realize, Kevin, that you were wasting away?


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