Dear Ken

A Letter to myself

Ken Preston

16 May 2024

A school photograph from 1980, with the author standing on the back row

Have you ever written a letter to your future self? Did you even know it was a thing?

I love the idea of writing to me, the five or ten years older me, with words of wisdom and reflection, and hope for the future. I wonder what the emotional impact would be of receiving that letter, and opening it up and reading it?

Pretty heavy stuff I would imagine.

I might even do it one day, although I should really think about doing it soon, as I’m at that stage in life where I have more days behind me than I have in front.

When I first came across this idea of writing to my future self, it got me thinking; what if I could write to my past self? Surely that would be a lot more useful, having the benefit of hindsight?

So I gave it a go.

And to be honest, once I’d written it and I read it back, I think it was probably a lot more useful for me now, than me then.

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