When I was 18, I wrote a note to my 40-year-old future self. I remember little of what I wrote (though I don’t know where the note is now — I suppose that’s what happens when you hide it in a writing journal and then take that journal for your Creative Writing students to read and then, upon them discovering it, hide it in the pile of papers on your desk). What I do remember, though, is asking about three things my teenage self wanted most out of life: marrying my middle school sweetheart, having a few kids, and becoming a published author.
I would be pleased to tell my past self that the first goal has been achieved and that we’re still very happily married seven years later. It’s not quite as easy as my 18-year-old self thought it would be, but it’s more rewarding than she ever would have imagined.
The second hasn’t come together yet, but we’re hopeful.
And the third hasn’t been fulfilled after 10-ish years, but I’m getting there. I’m definitely closer than I’ve ever been before, and I finally feel like I have the skills and confidence I need (thanks, in part, to you : ) ).
This whole thing came to mind after reading an upcoming event that NaNoWriMo is inviting all writers to participate in: taking social media by storm with the hashtag #ToAFutureWriter on June 12th.
The point? To write a note to your future self or to someone you know who has a story to tell. There are also instructions on how to participate in an online time capsule of inspiration that NaNoWriMo will publicize during what they call “NaNoWriMo season,” which probably translates to October and November.
Want to learn more or participate? Click here.
Speaking of social media, my writerly self is on Facebook now! Hope to see you there!
If you were to write a quick note to your future self, what would you say?