I’ve seen other people post these blogs posts in which they write a letter to their future self. Whilst I’m struggling with my mental health I thought it would be a good time to write a letter. I’m often guilty of putting too much pressure on myself and so I want my future self to read this letter and see how far I’ve come.
I want her to know that I am proud of her, however far we have come.
I’m also a little nervous about writing this as it’s an incredibly personal post to share with you all.
Dear Future Liz,
I hope that when you read this back you’ve finally found the direction in your life that you crave so much. Things are tough right now with your mental health but you’re strong and I know one day you’ll be sat reading this letter knowing that you overcame so much. Right now it feels like being ‘normal’ again is impossible but I’m sure one day I’ll be sat reading this feeling like I’ve found myself.
Before writing this letter I was flicking through old photos and I realised how much I feel like I’ve lost myself. My studies and my future career had me set on a certain path and because of that I conformed to what I thought I should be. Now I know that isn’t the future I want, I don’t know who I am. I hope that as you read this letter back you’ve discovered who you are and what you want to do with your life.
I know you’re an organised person, you like to plan and not knowing what lies ahead of us is scary – it’s something that I’m trying to work on right now. I hope I might have succeeded and in the future you are more laid back and spontaneous. If you’re not than that’s okay – I guess it’s what makes us Liz.
If you haven’t achieved any of these things then that’s okay too, I just hope you’re happy. It may take us a lifetime to discover who we are and where we’re heading in life, however we must remember that happiness is so important. I’ve only learnt that recently but I hope it’s something that you’re implementing in the future.
Wherever you are future Liz, just know that you’re strong and you can be happy. We’ve already been through so much and I know that we can keep going. I’ll always be by your side.
Lots of Love,
It’s a little disconcerting writing to your future self. I’m trying to imagine me sitting down reading this back in years to come but I just can’t conjure up an image of what future me will look like or what she’ll be doing. The purpose of this letter is to remind myself that happiness is the most important thing in the world. If we spend every day laughing then who cares if we’re still searching for our place in life?
Let me know in the comments what you would say in a letter to your future self.