A Letter From My Future Self

“The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.” ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Dear Self,
I’m writing this letter to you on your blog wall so that it reminds you every year of how grateful you are to be yourself. Just be yourself regardless of what is going on around you. Remember the time when you thought all was lost? When you thought there was barely any point in carrying on?
You were arguing with everyone close to you.
It felt like everything was a struggle and the so-called abundance of the Universe was nowhere to be seen.
You were going over the mistakes you’d made.
The money you didn’t make yourself.
The opportunities you had missed.
You were going over angry conversations and thinking about how right you were and how wrong they were.
You were searching for forgiveness but holding onto the unfairness of it all.
Remember how low you felt?
You actually spent more time than you care to admit wishing you didn’t exist.
You thought at least that way, nobody would miss you and you wouldn’t cause them any pain if you had never existed.
You do realize now that you wasted a bit of time with that ridiculousness, right?
You wished for a lightning bolt of awareness to hit you in the head.
You were hoping for a finely tuned droplet of self-aware genius to magically transform your heart.
The Universe provided because, in the next few moments, you read this:
The average person lives to be 76 years of age, which is approximately 28,000 days.
28,000 days. And let’s admit you were already 21 years less to those 76.
That’s when it hit you.
Every day is truly precious.
Months seemed to come and go.
Years flew by.
But days. Days were made up of habits.
You woke up to your own habits at that point.
How much time had you wasted drifting into overthinking?
How many hours had been lost sinking with regret or crying over disappointment?
If you added up the hours you’d filled with worry, regret, anger, sorrow, and guilt, how many days would it equal?
It was terrifying to even consider.
You shifted.
You found three ways to live in each day that have changed you forever.
1. You are not your feelings.
When anger or hurt hits your heart like a ton of bricks, it can feel like it consumes you.
The more you resist, the more you fight it, the bigger it gets.
Allow the pain to be there. Talk to it. Realize that you are the witness that is doing the talking.
2. Meditation.
It seems like everyone talks about meditating.
Once you made it a non-negotiable part of your life, everything else shifted for you.
Think of it like brushing your teeth or taking a shower.
You can sit quietly anywhere. In your car. Or even the bathroom for that matter. Anywhere quiet and just you and your thoughts. Just close your eyes and breathe.
It will help you to be in the day.
3. Forgiveness.
As much as you’re struggling with your own crapola, everyone else is going through his or her own lessons as well.
As soon as you leaned into forgiveness, you felt better.
You stopped resisting.
Forgiveness gives you flow.
And when you flow, BOOM—you’re in the present moment again.
I want you to wake up to what you have right now!
I want you to know that no matter what, today is beautiful.
It doesn’t matter if it’s pouring rain, pounding snow, or penetrating sunshine.
Weather is neither good nor bad. It just is.
Today is what you make it, and I want you know that here and now, in this future moment that I’m writing to you from, love is the only thing that lasts. Love is above all the thing we crave for. Accomplish your goals and what you’re left with your whole life is to give and receive love. You’ve chosen wisely throughout your path and been patient. I’m so proud of you. Stay calm and never make permanent decisions on temporary emotions.
The future holds so many surprises and I know you love surprises! So just enjoy the ride and don’t be afraid. Also, your family is happy to see you happy in what you’ve decided and are doing for yourself. And there is a person too who loves you beyond your flaws. Just, my advice to you is never to stop believing. Have faith and hope and the courage to keep going. Because the essence of not giving up is what makes you, you.
Whether your current moment is filled with sorrow or bursting with joy, this too shall pass.
Find ways to make today into a beautiful painting of kindness toward yourself and toward others, and you will reach the end of your 28,000 days with a knowingness that you lived well.
Future Me ❤

Thank you for reading. Love you for that!

—–Have Hope.Keep Faith—–

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15 thoughts on “A Letter From My Future Self

  1. This is a lovely idea, very worthy of emulation by others. I will write my own! I especially enjoyed ‘never make permanent decisions on temporary emotions’. I do wonder, however, what you think love is, exactly. This is not in jest. I have a hard time with this emotion…defining it, pinning it.

  2. After a fallback in life, shattered and broke where everything seemed to be just unfair to me. Read a lot of things since then be it articles, self-love quotes, books or QA forums and certainly, undeniably this is one of the best article/writing I’ve read. Your words have struck right into the plunge of heart. Thank you for writing such an enlightening piece.

  3. You are an awesome writer…and from your writings I can feel the amazing human being that you are!

  4. What a gorgeous thing to do for yourself. I needed to read these words this morning, Susan. When you broke down the years into days, it reminded me of how precious they are and how many of them I’ve spent angry or sad. We have to feel what we feel, but it’s so easy to get lost in them and fail to see all the beauty and good and love that is so much more prevalent.
    All to say, I hope you do revisit these words often. They are beautiful. They are your essence.
    Big hug.

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