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To My Future Self

Updated on December 14, 2019

To My Future Self

Hi Elise,
it’s me, your past self.

I don’t know if I should write this in second person POV or first person. Maybe I’ll go with second person.

So, hi. How are you? Genuinely?

I’d love a response to this in a year… if you’re still around.

How scary to think that you might not be here, on HubPages or on this earth. I find it a little spooky to think that this letter will be left unanswered. Here’s hoping you’re okay.

Remember when you decided to write this? You ate scrambled eggs while listening to Views Podcast and mulling over what to write as thunder rumbles in the distance. And next door the builders are so loud you feel like you can’t concentrate.

Anyway, it’s Friday morning and you had the urge to reflect back on life and questioning what life will be like in your future.

Right now you’ve been five months single and three months happy. Do you remember those sad days after the breakup? How angry you were?

And do you remember how happy you were when you finally broke free of the sadness? Waking up every morning with nothing weighing you down. Feels good. Hopefully, you still feel this way.

Even if you aren’t in the greatest place right now, that’s okay too because you know that you’re capable of getting through it and coming out the other end feeling happier than ever before.

How is your writing career?
Are you still writing?
Are you happy with the work you’re doing?
Do you have a new phone or laptop?
Do you even have enough money for that sort of thing yet?
Or has writing not made you as much as you’d hoped?
Have you written a book?
Are you working on anything in particular?
How did your poetry book go? That is meant to be released on the 28th of October. Did you end up publishing it or did you chicken out?

Right now writing is 80% of your life and when you’re not writing you’re reading about writing. And when you’re not reading about writing you’re thinking about it.

Remember to allow yourself to have some downtime from writing. Sure, you feel like you watch too much youtube or listen to music a little too much but it’s nice to have a break.

Are you healthy? Did you ever find a healthy diet you could stick to? Or are you still binge eating junk food? Because last night after eating a tub of ice cream you woke up in the middle of the night feeling ill. Maybe try to cut back on the junk food, okay?

Do you still talk to all the same people or have you made new friends?
How is your family?
How are all the pets you know?
Have you conquered your fear of the dentists?
And have you finally found your ‘soul tribe’? Or do you still feel left out and unable to connect to those around you?
Have you found love or are you still not dating?


Here are some reminders because I know you tend to forget some valuable lessons you’ve learned.

Remember not to let your feelings for anyone consume your life. And remember not to waste time on anyone who doesn’t reciprocate the same amount of effort you put in.

Don’t hold onto petty grudges anymore, they don’t serve you.

You can do anything you put your mind to.

If you start today and work hard right now your future self with thank you. Are you thanking me or was I too late?

Work out, it makes you feel good. Even though you can’t be bothered most days.

Drink more water and eat more veggies!

Don’t be afraid to open up to someone new. Be your true genuine self, no matter what.

Trust in life and the universe, but also work towards your goals. The universe will meet you halfway.

Keep writing, keep dreaming and never let anyone else's opinion keep you from achieving all the things you want to do. No one else knows what you’re capable of, and girl you are a great writer, even if you don’t think so.

Follow your own path and don’t let someone sway you into following their path, that's not for you.

It’s okay to feel crappy, but do try to enjoy happiness when you feel it.

Save your money.

Remember, people who are mean are hurting. Try to be compassionate and understand where they’re coming from. But also don’t take anyone’s bullshit, especially if they push it. Everyone is responsible for dealing with their trauma. Make sure to be firm and kind.

I hope to get a response to this in a year. Don’t forget, okay?

It’s your brother's birthday today so that should be a reminder to respond back to me.

Hope you’re well.

Love from Elise.


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      John Hansen 

      16 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was great Elise. I hope you respond back to it in the not to distant future.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      16 months ago

      Elise, I think this is a great way to keep track of your goals, dreams, and wishes. You are connecting to your future self from the past and advising in various ways and also making a commitment to respond to your current piece a year from now. I think I will give your technique a try. Best wishes for the Holiday Season and the New Year.


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