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i love writing letters – not typing letters but writing. putting a pen on paper and squiggle-ing stuff is somehow more authentic than clicking buttons to produce the same squiggles. is it because there’s no backspace to fall back on? sorry, you can’t erase the parts you don’t like anymore (i.e. spelling errors!!). but that’s also what makes it more real. the imperfections are still there and you can’t hide them; you don’t NEED to hide them, and instead, embrace them. and what better person to write letters to than yourself? everyone should write letters to themselves. we are our own best friends. (wow, i’m such a lonely introvert just let me hide in my cave and read bye)

but anyway, this is a letter from past me to future me. hey, xandra in 2018! i hope you’re doing well. here’s this thing i wrote for you.

what would you tell your future self?

Alexandra Ling

alexandra is a nineteen-year-old content creator and avid reader. when she's not on the internet or hiding behind pages, you can find her training to be a professional ballet dancer. she finds writing about herself in third-person strange.

  • Although I’ve never written myself a letter (sounds funny putting it that way, but you get me), I’ve always loved the prospect of it. The idea of writing to future you means having that self-love that a lot of us lack; it means that we’re taking care of ourselves and making sure we remember the things important to us and what makes us US. And so I really liked reading your letter to future Xandra – I’m sure 2018 Xandra would be pleased to read this back. Thank you for sharing!

    With love, Iween | http://wendystrucked.wordpress.com

  • This is so cute.

  • Michelle

    I’ve done a couple of these as development exercises, and I always enjoy looking back at them. But honestly, I hate writing them, because I never know what I want to say!

  • I love your hand writing! πŸ™‚ I think I’m the only one who can read my journal since my hand writing is so small lol. Anyway, that was a well written letter. Hope you’ll achieve those goals.


  • this is so lovely!<3 i never write letter to myself, ever, but i think this is something i need to try πŸ˜€ i also wish you won't give up on this blog xan, your presence is such an inspiration for me! <3 i wish you luck for all the big changes happening this year, and i hope you can achieve all your goals this year πŸ™‚
    btw i tag you for the who am i tag, i hope you'll check it when you have the time! <3 https://theliteraryhuntress.wordpress.com/2017/01/18/who-am-i/

  • I LOVE this letter!! So authentic. I haven’t done this before, but I actually really really want to now. You’re totally right when you say that writing a letter to yourself is so much better than a memo or whatever.

    I think 2017 is going to be such an amazing year for you- I can’t wait to see where you end up! <33

  • Natalie

    This was such a lovely thing to read! I don’t really write letters to myself, mostly because I get too in my own head about it and start freaking out. Also, I get weirdly bummed out if I haven’t managed to achieve whatever it was that I wanted to achieve.

    Can’t wait to see when 2017 takes you! <3