A Letter to Future You (6 Months Edition)

Write a letter to yourself that you will open in six months. Include your current accomplishments and concerns, and remind yourself of one thing from today that you want to make sure “future you” does not forget.

Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

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2 thoughts on “A Letter to Future You (6 Months Edition)

  1. LadyDickens

    To you, my dear, you who have been through so much, and despaired so much. I write to tell you that where you are on this day, six months hence, I see you HAPPY. To me now, that happiness seems so distant, too unlikely a possibility, too fragile to stake much on, but from here, where I am today, I see you HAPPY. Not just, “happy” in contentment, but happy beyond your own currently limited and forlorn expectations.
    I have confidence in you, because I know that you are strong – strong enough – not too strong as you think sometimes, but strong enough to overcome; to bounce back; to keep smiling.
    I see you relieved; relieved of the worry and nagging anxieties that you wish you could trash today forever. I see you looking back at me, on days like today and all such days, with a smile – a smile of disbelief, a smile of discovery.
    Today, you think you know it all, you think that you have seen it all. You think yourself extremely prophetic and calculating, but you are no Samuel, you are no Pythagoras. If you could write to me, as I write to you today, I think you would tell me to “relax!”, I think you would tell me how wrong I have been – how wrong I have always been. You would tell me that Life is still fraught with wildly unfathomable things that are beyond the scope of my too-dreary prophecies. You would tell me “Come! Walk patiently to meet me.” You would tell me to come with an open heart and an open head. You would tell me how smart I have grown in such a short interval. You would be proud to show me that you are free of this baggage – as heavy as Jacob Marley’s chains. You would tell me to be open to possibilities and amazement – words that are, at present, long vanished from my vocabulary. You would tell me that I am capable of surprise. You would jokingly chide me for all the time I squandered on being afraid.
    I see you. I see you strong, but not with this façade strength that I boast of now. I see you wise beyond your years, or maybe just basking in the glow of new-found wisdom. I see you finding back the openness and trust of that satiable Elephant’s child. I see you with hopeful wondering eyes. I see your countenance changed with amazement.
    I see you bidding me “Come!”, but “take small steps” you say

  2. AutumnBreeze

    Hello Future Me,
    This is perhaps the hardest letter I have ever written. Not because of what needs to be said, but who it needs to be said to. It’s hard to admit truths to other people; it’s much harder to admit them to yourself.
    In six months’ time when you read this, our son will be a little over three. You will be well on your way to being married for four years. Your worries of today will be tomorrow’s laughs, but right now it’s not funny that you have to attend a wedding and a birthday one after the other. It even less funny that you have to drive over an hour and a half to get from one to the other. At this very moment you’re to worried about your best friend having an affair to even wonder if perhaps your husband is having one too. Today you’re to concerned about everyone else to write on Wattpad like you normally do.
    You have accomplished so much, but your worries block out all that is wonderful in your life. A mother and loyal wife you are. You do all you can for everyone, and have forgotten about yourself along the way. Pen and paper have been put away for the most part. Books and writing are no longer the things you have time for even though you have accomplished so much with it. Even though you enjoy it so much you have forgotten. You finally finished a short story, and started writing your poems down in your notebook. So many accomplishments, but you can’t see them most of the time.
    If there is one thing you need to remember about this day its this moment. When you took a second to sit and write something. You took a moment to foster your skill, however lacking it may be. Remember today as the day you took a little part of yourself back at 1:58AM on September 6, 2011 just because you answered some guys promt on some random website.
    Best Wishes,
    Past You.

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