I've written letters here before addressed to my past selves: my sixteen-year-old self and my six-year-old self. But I haven't ever written a letter to my future self, at least not here. (I know I wrote one in a church group when I was twelve or so that was addressed to me the night before my wedding. I gave to my mom to keep for me until then. I think it's quite likely she's lost it by now, but in any case, wedding me is still in the future.)
So this letter is for a very future self: my elderly self. According to the Internet, senior discounts usually start with age 65, so, in line with my previous letters, we'll assume this letter is about my 66-year-old-self. That means I, in 2018, am talking to the person I will be in 2060.
So how is it in 2060? I know it's unlikely that any major technological breakthroughs like the ones I talk about here have happened, but it's always possible. I'm most interested, of course, in what your health situation is like. Do they have better treatments for our conditions? Do they have cures? Did our disabilities get better over time, or did they get worse? (Are you dead already? That's a possibility, in which case, hello, me in heaven. What's it like over there?)
More importantly, what has your life been like? What have you accomplished? I know from experience that things often go in ways you don't expect, whether that's becoming too sick to continue on your intended career path or becoming too sick to have much of a social life or becoming too sick to write a new book for a few years. (Yeah, okay, a lot of my experience has to do with being sick, but I also changed my major in college a few times for other reasons.) As such, I won't pretend to have any idea what you're doing. I don't know what choices you've made or what else has happened to you.
But of course, I do have a vision of my own for what I want the future to be like, so I'm gonna ask about it. Sorry, dude. Tell me, what happened in terms of jobs? Were you ever well enough to work? Did you just stick to freelancing? When did you get married? (Please tell me you got married.) What's your husband like? At the age of 24, do I know him yet? (Unlikely, I know, but it's an interesting thought.) How did you meet him? (I love love stories.) Do you have any kids? Did you adopt them, like I've hoped to, or did you have a whoopsie and end up with some of your own? (If you did, how did that affect your health? Was it as bad as I think it would be?) What are the kids like? And how are your brothers? What about your parents, if they're still alive?
Did you ever get published? (Please tell me you did.) Were you able to make a career in the YA lit world? How many books have you written? How many books did you write before you finally got published? How many books have you published? Have you heard anything nice from a fan of your books?
Do you think you've made a difference in the world?
I know this is titled "Advice to Myself," but really, you're probably more qualified to give me advice than I am to give advice to you. So all I can really say is that I believe you'll end up where you're meant to. I believe that, for all the awful things in the world, God has set everything up so that you will have the life you're supposed to have. Not that you don't have choice--I believe there's plenty of wiggle room in the plan and that God can compensate where necessary--but you're not experiencing anything He hasn't planned for. As long as you keep doing your best to do the right thing, I'm sure your life is one that I can be proud of.
Keep fighting the fight, and keep making good choices.
Thanks for reading! What thoughts do you have for your future self? Share them here, and I'll be back next week with an updated look at my makeup bag.
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