Sometimes I get the urge to shout, “I’m not Josie Grossie anymore!”
Like many 90’s children, I grew-up watching Drew Barrymore’s movies, ET, The Wedding Singer, Ever After, Never Been Kissed, Charlie’s Angels, and 50 First Dates. It was almost like she was our big sister, always a few steps ahead of us and at the next point in life we were rushing to reach.
For me, the most remarkable thing about Barrymore’s memoir Wildflower is how she speaks of her past selves with so much compassion and love; not with shame or regret, but an attitude of “This is what I learned from this part of my life,” or “Here’s how it made me grow.”
If you are like me, you grew up carrying high expectations and are hard on yourself. In fact, you may be even harder on yourself than you are on other people. The reminder to take care of our current selves and regard our past versions (no matter how they make us cringe) with gentleness and compassion is such a gift.