On Messages to the Past

Last week at work I was given the latest issue of Titan’s Torchwood magazine. It sat on my desk, and yesterday evening I shoved it into my BPRD bag on my way out of the office, for something to read on the commute home.

Flipping through the magazine, I read about a book called Dear Me. A group of people, among them Stephen Fry, Yoko Ono, and John Barrowman, write letters to themselves at the age of sixteen.

This sounded rather intriguing, and some Google use at home turned up the book’s website, where others who have written letters to themselves, aged sixteen, can share their insights.

I thought about this last night. Really pondered it.

And I figured out what I would say, in a letter to myself, aged sixteen.

I started writing it out on the subway this morning. I added another page on the trip home.

My plan is to run the letter on my blog on New Year’s Day.

2 thoughts on “On Messages to the Past

  1. This looks fab. I will be purchasing a copy and I can only imagine what some of the contributors will have written in their letters. Don’t know if I am game enough to write my own…probably not.

  2. How many times has anyone said, “If I knew then what I know now…?” It would be so easy to write a letter to your sixteen year-old self and tell them all the things that they shouldn’t do. “Don’t go cow-tipping! It doesn’t end well!” “Don’t go out with that person!” “Don’t take that job!” And yet, doing that would take away from the lessons we learned along the way.

    It was an interesting exercise. Despite the letter’s length, I didn’t say half the things I could have said. 🙂

    I do want to read the book.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *