I’ve done this letter to my past self to show you by doing so it can help you move forward in life. It allows you to connect with your self, healing your mind and forgiving yourself and others. There are times in our past which are memorable for being painful and difficult. People often focus on what they could or should of done. We can not change the past, it doesn’t matter how many times you think about it, it wont change. No one has a time machine, to take us back. What you can do is give your past self some advice, this may help you to gain closure.
The future you can change so focus all of your energy on becoming the person you want to be.
If you cant fly, then run
If you cant run, then walk,
If you cant walk, then crawl
But what ever you do,
you have to keep moving forward.
Martin Luther King Jr
Some Tips on Writing a Letter to your Past Self
- Be honest with yourself in this letter
- Refer to your past self as ‘you’
- I would pick an age of yourself in this letter. This makes it easier for you to establish how you felt at that time of your life. If you need to you can always write more than one letter.
- Be kind to yourself
- You need to tell yourself what you needed to hear back then by yourself or by someone else.
- Focus on one or two issues because if you talk about more than you need to, you can go too in depth and end up writing a book.
- It will surprise you, once you get started the words will flow.
- This is yours so own it.
This is my letter to my past self….
Dear 15 year old me,
I am writing this letter to you from the future. The future that you thought would be impossible to end your pain.
I know you are going through a really hard time in your life and you feel as though you are on your own however this doesn’t last forever I promise.
One day you will be strong enough to get justice and find some closure with the pain you feel. Some relationships you feel are broken right now, but one day you will be strong enough to repair them.
You are beautiful and strong. This will allow you to start to heal and learn that this will not define you as a person. You are not alone in life. Meeting new people will help you on your journey of recovery.
It will take you time, but that is okay.
You can do this. Be kind to yourself.
You will be proud of the woman you will become.
Your future self