Saturday, January 8, 2011

One year, a typeandpen cast

I wrote this last night, because today is a most auspicious day.
7 January 2011
Tomorrow marks a year.

It was one of the hardest days of my life, but at the same time, it was one of the best. I ended a relationship that I thought meant something to me, and I took the first steps onto the path that I am now walking--the path I am meant to be on.

Talking to my friend the other day, I started to think about something. What would I say to the me of two years ago, as I was starting down the path that would lead me to that cold January day last year? If I wrote that letter, would I tell myself to not do the things I did? Probably not. Without those things, I don't think I'd be where I am today--finally headed in the right direction. I probably'd still be at my old job, hoping for something that it turns out I was never going to get. I wouldn't have had the guts to stand up to my boss and quit in order to take advantage of a most amazing opportunity.

But, there are a few things that I think I'd tell myself at the start of 2009. I'd tell me to stay strong. As usual, things get worse before they ever get better. But you can do it. You'll make it through and come out even better than before. And remember--there are people around you that you should keep close to you always, but there are those around you that hold nothing good--watch out for them. They'll only lead you into trouble.

Looking through the unsent letters and old journal entries, I can see the changes, changes you can see in my writing as well. I'm a little more careworn, a little more wise, and a whole lot more in love with life.

So, I want to put the question out to all of you--what would you tell yourself if you could send a letter back in time?


Courtesy of the QDL and Fischer Space Pen


  1. (Fischer Space Pen = dabomb)

    I don't think I'd ever want to send my past-self a message. I have a tendency toward paranoia, and know enough about myself to realize I wouldn't believe anything that 'supposedly' came from my future self. It'd be a waste of time.

  2. (Yees, loving the pen. Wasn't sure about it at first, but it's really growing on me.)

    You know Duffy, you've got a good point there. I may freak out if I got a letter like that as well... However, the scientist in me would probably take over at that point. I'd be completely fascinated by whole situation. I'd probably head over and make friends with someone at the University that could date paper, and then have them see if they could find out if it was indeed sent from the future. If that were the case, it would open up the possible of time travel, dimensional rifts, and all other manner of things that, if true, would change the universe. And, if not, would provide me with some good material to start a science fiction novel with.

    That said, I think I might go start a science fiction novel with it...

    Cheers, man. :)


  3. A, I think I remember that day. I too, that same weekend, was thinking back to where I was two years before, and I can't help but thing that I may have been the one to inspire your reflective thoughts. Here's to the last 8 months: Has anything changed? That's a dumb question. What I'm really asking, is are you more satisfied with the changes?