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QOTD – January 9 – Letter to Your Future Self

In class yesterday, my students were asked to write a letter to their future selves. They weren’t given much of a guide for what would go into these letters, just that they should pinpoint a year they feel will be important to them – some type of milestone moment – and proffer what they hope will have happened by that time, and ask questions of themselves – you know, for future answers.

I wrote a similar letter to myself when I was in my early twenties. It was a list of things that I hoped to achieve by the time I hit 30. I wanted to be married, own a house, have a stable job that I enjoyed, possibly children, continued personal success in music, finish writing a novel, and on and on. By the time I actually hit 30, and looked back on that letter, some of those things had happened. By the time I finished my 30th year, some of those had changed. I was no longer married, and definitely did not have children. I had some of my biggest musical successes by that time, I had “finished” writing a novel by age 26, but wouldn’t actually finish it until just a few weeks ago. I had purchased my home at 29, so I just scraped that one out under the wire. I’ve been teaching since I was 22, so that had already been checked off the list.

Life goes through quite a few roller coasters, and for the most part I’m okay with that. At now 32, I can look back at my last decade and smile about it. I learned a ton over these 10 years, and wouldn’t take any of it back. I am who I am because of who I was, and I’m fine with that.

In eight years I’ll be 40, and I can sort of start my list again: I’d like to be married, have a family, a job that I love, write more often, continue to play music that I enjoy, be financially comfortable, be a world traveler, and just be genuinely happy. I think those are all achievable goals.

Dear 40-year-old self: I hope you’re happy with who you have become.

QOTD:

What do you want to tell your future self?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

8 comments on “QOTD – January 9 – Letter to Your Future Self

  1. Robert Long
    January 9, 2014

    Dear future self: Do you have a good home, an enjoyable job, belong to a group of friends from work, and make a good amount of money answering the phones all day and listening to stupid people wanting to know why their computer won’t work right?

  2. kentrel
    January 9, 2014

    Future me….. Huh I dont know what to tell you or me. Hehehe just stay you and dont let anyone change you or me ar. There will be trouble ahead, but im sure you’ll make it and always wear glasses shades. And always keep more than one or two pairs of glasses. Dont want you to end up like me rite now (glassesless) hahaha. Oh and dont forget to be goofy with our kids when ever that maybe.

  3. kentrel
    January 9, 2014

    Dear Future me….. Huh I dont know what to tell you or me. Hehehe just stay you and dont let anyone change you or me ar. There will be trouble ahead, but im sure you’ll make it and always wear glasses shades. And always keep more than one or two pairs of glasses. Dont want you to end up like me rite now (glassesless) hahaha. Oh and dont forget to be goofy with our kids when ever that maybe.

  4. ruvim period 4
    January 28, 2014

    dear future me, keep up the good work at school you always do. when ever you feel sad your family is always going to be the best friend you will ever have so dont be scared to talk to them. also dont think that people will judge you they dont they dont thats your thinking not theirs so play soccer. dont worry everything is going good.

  5. lockes1998
    January 28, 2014

    Dear Future self, Yo older me what are you doing right know? Since your reading this letter that means you were looking through your old memories and remembered “Oh hey I wrote something to the myself back then I should read it”. Or you just found this and was curious, but on to the point at hand here. To the Older Jerhik you much have accomplished some of your goals in life, if not then ehh I bet your life sucks just like J.c’s (<- Brother). So yeah that is i guess bye.

  6. Jerhik Sadiasa
    January 28, 2014

    Dear Future self, Yo older me what are you doing right know? Since your reading this letter that means you were looking through your old memories and remembered “Oh hey I wrote something to the myself back then I should read it”. Or you just found this and was curious, but on to the point at hand here. To the Older Jerhik you much have accomplished some of your goals in life, if not then ehh I bet your life sucks just like J.c’s (<- Brother). So yeah that is i guess bye.

  7. erick period 4
    January 28, 2014

    Dear future me,i hope that you are a really rich and successful man.I hope that you have reached all the goals that you set up of your life.I know that you are still playing soccer and never stop.Always be the father you wish you had and give everything to your children and make them one of the best soccer player of the world.Keep being yourself and never change.

  8. Haley hanks
    January 28, 2014

    I want to tell my future self to not give up on life so easily. And work hard for what I want when I am older. I want my future self to go to college and to own a business and have a good work life and life in general.

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