I don’t often allow myself the time to sit down and read many other people’s blogs. However, recently, I managed to hide myself away for a bit. I am so glad i did because I stumbled across a post that completely took my breath away. Ten years ago, Mary and her friends Tiffany and Chelsea sat down and wrote themselves (and each other letters) to open in ten years’ time. March 24th 2017 marked the tenth anniversary of their self addressed epistles and the group of friends met up to discover what each one of them had written ten years ago. Mary’s blog post is a MUST READ.
“What would your “ten years younger self” say to you today? Well, I got to find out. Ten years ago I was finishing college, unmarried, full of dreams, and I had two great friends named Tiffany and Chelsea. We decided to write letters to ourselves and to each other that we would open in ten years—the date we chose was March 24th, 2017″
I think it is one of the most beautiful ideas I have ever heard.
A lot is going to change in the next ten years. I’m in my late twenties, cohabiting with my love of just over nine years and we have two dogs. Well, one dog and a velociraptor. There was a really painful moment of realisation when I became aware of the fact that when I open this letter, the love of my life that is my first rescue dog Inca is unlikely to be around. My peanut butter munching; bubble loving; tail wagging; trumpet farting; Minnie Mouse ears wearing; Netflix marathon watching; little spoon cwtching and snacking buddy will be in doggy heaven. In fact, seeing those words typed out on a page is making my eyes leak a bit. The tiny fourteen week old puppy who is currently curled up in my lap will hopefully still be with us living out her senior years when I open this letter. I’m on the brink of a lot of changes happening in my life as I go back to university to study for a PhD. I will also hit my thirties and perhaps even have a family by the time I open this letter. I probably won’t have my purple hair anymore either *sniff*.
I wrote a letter for myself and also drew inspiration from Mary and wrote a letter to some of my friends. It’s funny, since I started to date Hugh I would write a letter to him and hide it, giving it to him months, or even sometimes years later. It’s always nice to see what has changed in our lives since I wrote the letter and what hasn’t changed. It has never occurred to me to write one to myself before. Ten years seems an awfully long way away, but I’m sure it will feel like I have only blinked twice before I find myself ripping open my envelope.
At first I wasn’t sure what to write and thought my letter would be brief. I was wrong, by the time I had finished it was about 20 A5 pages long. I split the letter into sections to provide little snap shots of my life as it is now. I know I won’t remember everything in such exquisite detail in ten years.
I won’t completely spill the beans about my letter because I know I will succumb to temptation and peek at my blog. However, what I will tell you is that my letter was spread across the following sections:
- Inca (and Tonks)
- My partner, Hugh
- My feelings about going back to university
- Thoughts, feelings, hopes and wishes about the present and future
I bought this beautiful card by Amelia Flower to send to my friend for her to open in ten years’ time. I thought the card was so perfect it was as it Amelia had designed the card with the ten year letter in mind.
Please let me know if you are going to give this letter a whirl. It would be so wonderful to hear about your letters. I am sending you all lots of love and encouragement for this one!