I always tell my kids not to peak too early, but Paisley does it better in “The Letter”:
If I could write a letter to me
and send it back in time to myself at seventeen
first I’d prove it’s me by sayin’
look under your bed, there’s a Skoal can and a Playboy
no one else would know you hid
and then I’d say I know it’s tough
when you break up after 7 months
and yeah I know you really liked her
. . . .
and I’d end by sayin’ have no fear
these are nowhere near
the best years of your life.
(Each decade I push back the appropriate peak decade.)