“How do I see myself 10 years from now?” is probably one of the cliché topics that our teacher always asked us to write. Of course, the classic answer to that question is, “I imagine myself as a successful person.” Well, who doesn’t want to be successful right? But the problem with this question is that it gives us an expectation and somehow a deadline on when should we be successful.
I remember my teenage self, thinking that I’ll be settled when I turn to 25, got a new home, a nice job, and happily married. But guess what? When I’m about to turn 25, I cried every night thinking about how I failed my expectation.
So yeah, after that I realized that maybe I shouldn’t set any expectations to myself but rather write all the achievements that I encounter every year so my future self can be very proud and can see what I have become.
Writing a letter to your future self can be corny but this exercise can help us know ourselves more and continue to improve who we are.
What to write about
You can be personal when writing a letter to yourself and always stick to reality. Don’t give any expectations and say all the things that happened for the past months. If you’re having a hard time writing, you can ask these questions to yourself:
- What is your latest achievement in your job?
- Did you travel this year?
- Do you love your current job?
- Are you in a relationship at the moment?
- When and what happened during your worst day this year?
- Are you happy right now?
Reasons Why You Should Write a Letter to Your Future Self
Writing letters for your future self is not just for fun, it has a lot of benefits for yourself. If you’re still having some doubts about writing a letter, here’s 3 reasons why you should write a letter to your future self:
You’ll know yourself more
Some of you might hear or saw the quote, “know yourself better” from social media. 2019 is all about self-love, it’s all about loving who we are from the inside. I know, this may sound very corny and dramatic but let me ask you a question, do you know who you are?
Do you know your personality? Your strengths and your weaknesses? Do you know yourself 3 years ago? Writing a letter to your future self every year will give you self-awareness of how much you’ve changed and grown as a person. It will give you an idea of how you’ve become the person you are today.
Practice of Gratitude
Practicing gratitude is a good way to improve your emotional health. Once you’ve read your letter from your past self, there can be some mixed emotions but there will always be some gratitude.
Being thankful for the things that happened last year and appreciating all the highs and the lows that you’ve experienced. Always be thankful for all the challenges that we’ve encountered because it molds us to be a stronger and wiser person.
Time flies so fast. When we were kids, we wanted to fast forward the time and can’t wait to be an adult, and now all we want to do is bring back the time when we were still kids. That’s how time works.
Writing a letter will make you appreciate time more. You will realize how important it is to spend your time wisely and to spend it with people you love. Everything happens for a reason, maybe you’ll find that reason from your past self. Or maybe the questions that you keep on asking yourself will be answered by your future self.
Writing a letter to your future self might work or not, it can help you be emotionally and mentally healthy, it can keep you on track with your goal, or it can give you lots of expectations vs reality moment. Whatever will be the result, don’t be afraid to try. You’ll never know if you’ll never try.
Write a letter to your future self here.
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