If I could travel back and talk to myself I would have said "Watch out kid because you are in for a bumpy but exciting trip through life"
I would have counseled myself to not take things so seriously and to not let the outside world get to you as much. Life unfortunately isn't like that and it demands that we learn the hard way which is precisely what I did and yet I wouldn't trade any of it for a do-over. The burns and the scrapes are all part of the play we are destined to act in. It's part of the game. Everything I might have dared to predict would have been wrong but at least I might have taken the ride much more philosophically.
This is what I tried to impart to my son the other day (who by the way is much the incarnation of my father). I told him to take life with a grain of salt and to have it be less about planning the mechanics and more about internal growth and peace while letting the rest take care of itself.
Anyway, that trans kid I was wouldn't have understood or be able to process my message from the future. For that was a different world with far too many obstacles to climb.
Sometimes things just happen for a reason.