Talking to my future self on my blog was never something I saw myself doing. And to be honest its quite out of the ordinary for me to think forward. I’m more of a let’s look at how far we have come than let’s see how far we still have to go. As I get older I’m constantly recognising things about myself I want to change and evolve.
I think it’s good to always be changing, as long as its for the better. People often get so offended when others say “You’ve changed”, but not me. I take that as a compliment. Why would I want to be the same person they knew 5 years ago? I think it’s such a privilege in life to be evolving into a better person, I don’t know about you but I don’t want to remain the same.
This seemed liked a really good exercise to do and I hope in years to come I can read it and see what I thought my life would be like. I recently wrote a letter to my anxiety and it was such a good exercise and helped my mental health alot. So why not keep it going!
DEAR FUTURE SELF,
I hope you’re well, I hope you’re safe, happy and content in whatever circumstance you’re in right now. I wonder if you’ll still be single or if you’ll finally find the man of your dreams? We can only hope, lets pray for that together now.
As I’m sat writing this, 25 years old. I’m wondering what life you’ll be leading and what job you’ll have. I don’t care how much money we’ll be making, what I care is that you’re happy from the inside out. That you’re in the place you want to be and that you finally beat anxiety. I really hope we beat anxiety and show it who’s boss. It’s about time.
I wonder what the circumstances around us will be? Will there still be poverty in the world? Will there still be racism and sexism. I really hope that those things change for the better. I’m hoping you have kids by now. I just know they’ll be as crazy as you are and hopefully not as sassy. If you do have kids, I hope you’re raising them like your parents raised you. I’m Praying they are well rounded individuals who know right from wrong.
Are my family safe and well? I really hope they are. Have any of my siblings given me any more nieces or nephews? I hope we haven’t lost anyone, not yet anyway. I pray that everyone you surround yourself with is full of good health and happiness.
NOW ONTO THE IMPORTANT STUFF,
what clothes are you wearing? I wonder what new makeup and clothing trends have happened. Who is the president of the US? Is Tiger King still in jail? These are the questions I need answering. I know for a fact that you dyed your hair blonde again. We need to stop doing this. You need to decide if you want to be blonde or brunette. This in-between thing isn’t working for us. I wonder how many followers our blog has now, I wonder if we are even still blogging? I’m hoping we are!
As I have already said before future self, I just hope you’re happy. You’ve spent so much time being unhappy in many aspects of your life, I hope now you can finally be content in whatever it is you’re doing. You deserve happiness.
What would you say to yourself in the future?
What things would you want to know?
This was such a fun and interesting thing to do! Its crazy to think that I’ll have the answers to these questions in so many years. It makes you wonder how your life will turn out.
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This is brilliant! It’s a good thing to look to the future! Thanks for sharing!
writing this made me realise it is good to look forward!
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What a great post Olivia! I love the idea of writing a letter to my future self. I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to do 😀
Yes! Do it, it was such a good experience!
Loving how sincere this is!
Wow! What a nice post. I feel so inspired to write a letter to my future self. I mean, just thinking about it keeps me wondering about so many things…it’s a nice confusing feeling but oh well I’ll definitely do this . 😁
Do it! It was such a good experience to do. And you get to answer it in a few years time too!
I would want to know if kids are in my future and if I finally am settled down in a house with my husband. Ill want to ask of everyone is well and where they are at now, if I have the jobs of my dreams…etc. 😃
So many questions!! 🙂
Aww Olivia —I adore this post✨🤗🧡
Like you tend to look forward to how far I have come and I feel like I am always changing, especially with age I have learned so much about myself.
Ah the great question: blonde or brunette, I suggest maybe red?😂😉 x
I did have red hair at one point, never again 🤣🤣
I love this post. You’re really asking the important questions here, especially that Tiger King one haha! As a mother I’d like to know whether my daughter and I are as close as we are today. I’d also like to know whether I managed to fight my chocolate addiction! LOL
Hahaha 🤣🤣 Girl, theres worse things to be addicted to!
It is imperative to take stock, to have aspirations, to want and improve on one’s circumstances. You can only improve when making the necessary adjustments to self. Our awareness, takes us beyond to a point where we would like to be, you are anxious only because you are so self aware. Take heart Olivia, you are on a trajectory of discovery and though the journey to reach any goal has it’s moments, the journey, your journey remains a momentous one, because you care. Have a safe journey.
Thank you so much for sharing that!
In attempting to make sense of everything going on in today’s world, I attempt to envisage what future historians might make of those efforts we are struggling to find resolutions for. These are undoubtedly tumultuous times we are having to grapple with and whilst all about us appears to be chaotic, our desperate search at unraveling an answer actually lays nearer to hand than we might ever know, for those things most important to us are all around us, in those every day simple things we are most comfortable with. These in themselves come a variety of forms and on their own, seem so inconsequential but to take them for granted becomes a lost opportunity, a regret to have done so much more. Embrace everything small and seemingly insignificant, it’s a process not to be ignored.
As a father of a 25 year old daughter I love ya post and only hope that I am around when ya reach those goals. Masiel has Milly Bear (4yrs) and she is still growing up just keep in mind that you have to be nice to your self! We tend to be our harshest critic and at 61 I am still learning too. Excellent post ✔️🙏♒️🐕😷🕺💃🥳
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Great post Olivia, great read. I agree with you on always wanting to evolve. I intentionally make a conscious effort on something changing every year in my life. I’m very future focused so this was interesting to read. I may try it out myself at some point 🤔
Its scary, to think about hmmm I hope future self is happy and in in good health.
Funny you bring this up. Great article. A friend of mine told me to do the same. At 65 I don’t think about the future the same as I did when 25, but … I had to stop and ask, “Why not?”
It’s fascinating you mentioned being happy. I never thought of being happy, as if that was a goal. That might be the denial of a baby-boomer. Perhaps being happy is satisfying in and of itself. I would definitely ask my future self if he was happy and if he was well. It would be less about some form of work, passion, or accomplishment. Passions die when achieved. My questions would revolve around a future state of being. I wonder if meaning could be derived out of just being happy. By that I mean even faced with the appearance of confrontation and challenge.
I would have to ask what I did to derive meaning out of life. Perhaps meaning would be satisfying by the mere fact that I could remain happy or in a state of joy when involved in the chaos of life. Perhaps being happy would mean I understand de-escalating or navigating conflict, feeling forgiven of the past, not worrying about the future, knowing I am always cared for, and knowing I will never be abandoned because there is nothing I could ever do to make “God” love me less.
I hope my future self would just be happy being me from the inside/out, not something I am trying to become from someone else’s perspective from the outside/in, which would feel like becoming something I am not.
You got me thinking. Be safe and well.
I’ve done that thing that loads of people do and wrote a letter to my younger self.
I think if I was young and writing to my older self that I would hope that by a certain age I had come to terms with the hand I was dealt with regard to how I look, my financial situation, job prospects etc. The main thing I can say to young people is that you age very slowly, then very very quickly. Looking back on photos of me in my twenties, I love my incredible skin and glossy hair. I am normal sized. At the time, I thought I was fat. I wasn’t. Please enjoy your youth and beauty. The amount I used to spend in the pub on a Saturday night is now the amount I spend on face cream!
I love this so much! ♥️♥️
I remember asking questions like this, now my future at times seems already written. At these uncertain times I try to reach out for the appeal of uncertainty.
The other day I actually found a paper letter I’d written to myself on the first of Jan this year, to open on the 1st of Jan 2021. I’ve completely forgotten what I wrote in it but I’m looking forward to opening it really soon! This was a nice post, thank you.
Thats such a great idea! I might do that next year!
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Love this exercise! Just took a moment to ask myself these questions and it really does make you reflect on where you are now in life and where you’d like to be in the future!
It really was such a good thing to do!
Happy will always be the best answer when people ask you what you wish to be in the future. True joy can transcend circumstance, after all. It puts you in a much better position to chase your goals and allows you to maintain a motivated, encouraged mindset. That’s what propels you forward. It’s all about doing the inner work! x