A Letter To My Younger Self

Justin Patton
5 min readDec 3, 2018

I hope I’m making you proud.

Photo by Wadi Lissa on Unsplash

To My Younger Self:

We’ve come such a long way over the years, and I truly hope that I’m making you proud.

At this moment, I’m in the best place in life that I’ve ever been. The drive that I had to do something great and make my mark in the world is still inside of me. My journey has been full of ups and downs since I was your age, but I still find beauty in what life has to offer such as nature’s beauty, the love of friends and family, and the feeling of having a sense of purpose.

Career Life

You’d be happy to know that I have not given up on my childhood dreams (well, at least not all of them). I never made it to the NBA, but that’s okay. To be 5"10, 160 lbs as a grown man, God obviously had different plans for my life.

Today I play a different game of striving to be the greatest writer that I can be. You were always good at writing, so I decided to double down on my strength and make a career of it. Since I have committed to writing, I have published and sold my first book, performed spoken word around the country, collaborated with musicians, and written plenty of articles that have brought value to others. I have not lost your desire to feed that creative spark that was always inside of you (or us for that matter).

I’m certainly not where I want to be in life, but I can honestly say I’m putting in the work to get there. I write, put on events, and create content outside of my 9 to 5 job which is not necessarily my passion, but it is funding the dream. My job in wastewater is not the most glamorous, but I get fulfillment from it knowing that I am doing something positive for the environment.

Ironic how in college I quit being the manager of the basketball team because I felt like I was above washing another man’s draws. Now, I’m responsible for treating all the wastewater in the entire city! What can I say, life’s a journey.

Love Life

I recently found the love of my life! I know you thought you would get married and live happily ever after super early in life like your parents, but things don’t always work out that way. It took going through some pain and heartache to find this one.

Justin Patton

Spoken word artist and writer. Living my life and writing about it along the way, it just might inspire somebody. IG: @iamjustinpatton