What if you wrote yourself a letter to be read by your younger self, aged sixteen? What would you say? You have the vantage point of five years or fifty years. Would you tell that sixteen year-old about the world you live in? About the adventures you’ve had? Would you tell yourself that you made it through? Or about the mistakes made along the way? What would you say?
Turns out, there is a book that is the very thing.
Dear Me: A Letter to My Sixteen Year-Old Self. Personages such as Elton John, Stephen Fry, John Barrowman, Yoko Ono, and many others take up a pen and write out a letter to their younger selves.
I cannot claim to be as important a personage as Elton John or as witty as Stephen Fry, but I liked the idea of writing to my younger self.
And so I did. I spent a week thinking and drafting and thinking more and redrafting. I had to think about what I wanted to say to myself at sixteen.
Brevity is not my strong suit, unfortunately.
I posted this on my blog on January 1, 2010.
Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it. You may even learn something about the person who wrote it.