So often I stumble across articles on my social media feeds that are structured as letters by the author to the author in a future tense, therefore a letter to oneself. I think this concept is unique and furthermore fascinating, and my roommate actually encouraged me to compose one of my own (thanks Mckenna!). There are countless ways to go about developing this type of writing, and so I decided to write a letter to my future self. I hope you enjoy!
Dear Future Self,
How are you? This seems rather awkward but I’m gonna go ahead and run with it.
How is life? Crazy, I imagine. It’s hectic right now being in my last semester of university, but I am getting by. You’re probably working, maybe you’re married, maybe you have kids. That sound rather terrifying right now to be honest, but I know you wouldn’t do anything that makes you unhappy. That’s a phenomenal quality. Don’t ever change that about yourself.
How are mom and dad, and Danielle? I hope you still talk to them everyday like I do right now. Appreciate the time you’re able to spend with them and don’t be afraid to call mom when you need to vent about your new boss or your dad when your truck won’t start or Danielle when your boyfriend made you cry. Don’t feel like you’re bothering them, either – even if they’re busy when you call I promise they will be happy you did.
I hope you’re doing well. Take care,
I will be honest and admit that this type of writing is extremely challenging. It is difficult to fathom who or what you will be doing in five or ten or twenty years, therefore I was unsure of what exactly to ask my future self. I think this is a good exercise for any writer and I will continue to work at it.
Have you ever written a letter to yourself? If so, let me know your experiences!