She gave us some paper and told us to write a letter to our future selves. She was giving a gift to our future selves.
What if you decide to love yourself … first … best … irrevocably? So often we treat ourselves as expendable — a habit the world taught us to master. In cyclical whispers we hear them: Heavy doubts to be sure; the weight of such worries clips your wings and stifles your ability to fly.
But how do we outwit the world? How do we find value in ourselves when we constantly walk the tightrope between being not enough for some, and being too much for others? Such a small question — only two words long, and yet profound when paired with the right trail of words parading behind it.
What if you are enough? What if you do try again? What if you believe that you can? These are questions worth leaning your weight upon, and their answers are the foundation of a gift you need to give yourself. We allow others to temporarily vindicate our lives instead of cherishing the moments and legacies we alone build and we alone know.
To this I say, no more. Today, this moment even, you are to write yourself a love letter. I know it might feel a little awkward, but let me ask you this … who better knows what you need to hear? How to Write a Love Letter to Yourself 1.
Take your time and handwrite slowly, using elegant script or the messy scrawl of your youth, whatever you like best. I prefer cursive for love letters, the shape of the letters twirling reminds me of being invited to dance. Give yourself a salutation that makes you smile. Use the pet name that makes your heart feel young and gratified.
My grandmother always called me Dolly, it is my most preferred term of endearment. Welcome yourself with a treasured memory. Recall the sights, the feelings, and the sounds associated with the memory as you bring yourself back into the warmth of it.
Expound on even the smallest details. I remember my first publication acceptance letter, the weight of acceptance in my hands felt like an anchor giving me permission to take myself seriously as a writer.
This memory is a wish-on-a-falling-star come true, and I delight in the reminding. Transition into the second paragraph with comfort. Embrace yourself with words of encouragement.
And you will be remembered.
Lead into the crescendo of your intention for writing. It is time for the epic declaration — love. Tell yourself all the little details that make you you. Point out the notable attributes, brilliant character flaws, charming habits, and lovely quirks that you enjoy. Again, take your time and linger on this part.
I want to let myself know that she is intelligent and worthy. Recall, even in your darkest hours, that there is no one in the stretch of one ocean to another such as you. Be the wonder you were meant to become.
Sweep any doubts of your admiration away with your intentional and eloquent closing. All my love precious girl; go keep chasing that light. After all is said, and all your love is shared, fold this letter into an envelope of substance.
Address it to yourself in a way that lets you know the contents are both secret and extraordinary. It is that simple. Put the letter somewhere special.By writing a letter and signing up for FutureMe you agree to the terms and conditions.
"I love this. I've sent myself 5 letters so far and every year it's a surprise. Hi Elle, You’ve written a beautiful, inspirational post.
I wonder how many women will have difficulty with this challenge? I’ve read through it three times and cannot imagine writing a love letter to myself. Ah, the dreaded cover letter. Every time you sit down to write one, you probably browse cover letter examples online, get overwhelmed, and think something to the effect of: Does anyone really read these?
Wouldn’t it be so much easier if I could just let my resume speak for itself? Grab your pen and paper now and start writing your letter to your future self! Identify a time period to write to, imagine what you would be like, and then start writing! Think about the kind of person you would like to be, what you would want to be doing, what you would have accomplished by then, and so on.
What is this project about? Letter to my future self is a service I created to help people send a letter to their future self.
The setup is simple. Format for a Friendly or Personal Letter The following picture shows what a one-page friendly or personal letter should look like. The horizontal lines represent lines of type.