Write a Letter to Your Past Self
What To Do
Write a letter to your past self.
How To Do It
Pull out your computer or some pen and paper.
Pick a time in your past you want to write to. Here are a few ideas:
A time when you were going through something difficult
A time when a lot of change was going on in your life
When you graduated middle school, high school, or college
A time when you made a big mistake
A time when you were stressed about something
Write a letter to your younger self. Start the letter by describing the time in your life you are writing to. How old are you? What was going on in your life at that time? If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say? Write a few words of advice, caution, or encouragement to your younger self. Here are some fill-in-the-blank sentences you could try:
Don’t worry about_______________(fill in the gap)
You are going to learn _________________ from this.
_______________ is about to change in your life. But it’s okay because__________________.
I know you think _________________, but really __________________.
You won’t know this now but _____________
It’s going to work out because _____________
Be sure to______________________
I wish you hadn’t_________________
I’m glad you _________________
Put your letter in an envelope and keep it in your journal.
How Is This Family History?
Looking back on one’s life provides insight and understanding. Major companies do this all the time, they call it a “lessons learned” activity. After the company finishes a project, goes through a change, or ends a year, they have their employers write down what they learned. For many of the same reasons it’s beneficial in the professional world, it is beneficial in one’s personal life. It is a way to reflect on the past and learn how to make the future better and brighter.