Exactly a year ago, I had written a letter to my future-self, to whoever I will be in ten years from the time when I wrote it. Now, when I was going through my diaries three days ago and stumbled upon it, the urge to share this here popped up. This might remind myself of the direction I’m going as well as prompt some of you to do the same, if you haven’t yet.
Here it is, in its raw form, except for one or two minor words I edited out:
To my future self,
Ten years from now you will be happy for living a life of your own, different from the way those around you live. You will be happy that you didn’t give in to all the temptations to just live the life the way everyone does.
You’ll be happy being a minimalist, being a successful blogger, artist, writer, and everything exciting you are. You’ll be happy for not doing jobs you hate, to buy things you don’t need, to impress people you don’t like. You’ll feel happy that you never fell prey to the consumer frenzy.
You’ll be glad that you planned and made happen several travels in your life, which even those who earned regularly a fair income failed to do. Yes, sometimes you do feel depressed and sad when you see happy families, well settled and having stability in their lives. But then remember, on the inside they might just want to break free, but couldn’t do anything about it. When you tell them your stories, your experiences, they’ll feel jealous of you even though only you know how much you have struggled to get those. But still, don’t tell them what they’re missing, for they are caught up in a loop that never could they step out of it.
When you tell them your stories, your experiences, they’ll feel jealous of you even though only you know how much you have struggled to get those.
Yes, you’ll feel lonely at times too, even though you’ll have a huge number and network of friends and love interests. But you’ll be glad meeting every other person, for they give you good company and you value it, cherish it.
You’ll be glad about the work you do, that it reaches more people than you imagined, that your work is providing entertainment, inspiration and fills the void many have in their lives. But even amidst success, never let it get into your head, for remember always the times you were in bad currents, unable to catch up with life, and so tormented in between your choices, or lack of them.
And for those who ask for guidance, tell them that going in the direction of finding out and following your dreams is no easy path. It is serious mental torture actually. But it’s a path that pays later, showers happiness x times manifold. It’s a path of insecurity, instability, and going into the unknown. It could startle you, it could shake up your thought patterns. Tell them be ready to face it for the better. Tell them, at a time in their lives comes a situation when they are totally confused of whether to go for a safe zone or chase their dreams, which they may not be even sure of what it is. And this point, or many situations like these, shape up your lives. Make sure you go with your choices, so that you won’t have to blame anybody else for your whereabouts.
And for those who ask for guidance, tell them that going in the direction of finding out and following your dreams is no easy path.
And finally, tell them, when as you age, everyone around you, even the ones younger to you, all find their safe jobs and incomes and move on, increasing their material possessions and the number of members in their family. You’ll be left behind the race, you’ll be even disrespected by many. But stay calm, and work for the future. And the strange thing called time will come to your aid. After some years your life will be much ahead of those around you, in your terms mainly. So stay hungry, stay foolish, and stay aside the system.
And be glad, that you feel enthusiastic to wake up early morning each day, to do the work you love doing, the work that pays you good, the work that gives you contentment and appreciation, the work that you believe could put a dent in the Universe. And you feel grateful.
Always remember how much your former self struggled for you to be here. So when you see someone whom you could relate to your former self, give them a hand so that they’ll keep moving forward than locking himself/herself in a cage.
Always remember how much your former self struggled for you to be here.