Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Letter to Past Me

I recently learned of a website called futureme.org where you can write emails to yourself to be sent at a later date up to fifty years in to the future. I thought the idea was pretty cool but upon thinking of it, I would really have no idea what to write. I could ask questions like: Do you still overindulge in ice cream, peanut butter, and wine? Do you still put ketchup on your pizza? Do you still get roped into trashy television shows? But I think we all know the answers to these questions already. It got me thinking of how a note to yourself in the future would probably be easier to write during a time of turmoil in your life. During a time when you are looking for answers, seeking the truth, or starting a new path. Ten years ago, I was in that spot. I had just called off an engagement to a great guy. It was a total “it’s not you, it’s me” scenario and I was young and wanted to live life for a while. I was cancelling a wedding, moving out, and starting down the path of the great unknown. At the time, I thought it was the right thing for me but my fear was that I would look back and realize I had made the biggest mistake of my life. I bet at that time, it would have been easier to write a letter to the future me but since I didn’t, I figured I’d take a minute to write a letter to the past me. It would go like this...

Dear Diane of Ten Years Ago,

Fear not, because you have made the best decision of your life. You were honest and true to yourself in a time where it would have been so easy to take the simple road. You turn out just fine – better and stronger than you can imagine. The people who supported you now will remain/become the most important people in your life. The people who did not support you will eventually disappear because they honestly were not worth your time. You will fall in love with your perfect mate and you will never doubt that he is the one you are meant to spend the rest of your life with. You will marry and make perfect, little, demon children together. They will become your whole world. It will be a world that is happy, complete, and more than you could have dreamed of. So for now, keep being young and fabulous because your grown up life will be waiting for you when you are ready.

Diane (with a few more age spots, pounds, and stretch marks)

What would you write to your past or future you?
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