I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter

A few weeks ago, I wrote about us being unable to go back in time. I read recently how Beijing Post now offers a ‘future letter’ service to the city’s inhabitants. On receipt of a future letter, the post office will wrap the letter in plastic to preserve it, put it into storage for any length of time from one year to several decades and then deliver it to the recipient on the selected date.

Imagine that … each year on your son’s birthday you could write a summary of his year and then have the letters all delivered on his twenty-first birthday. You could write to yourself at the start of a new job about what you hoped to achieve in your first year there and then on receipt compare the reality with your expectations. The possibilities are endless.

What if you could send a letter back into the past? Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your twenty-year-old self? I asked some friends what advice they’d like to send back through the years:

  • ‘Buy shares in Microsoft and Apple’
  • ‘Learn more languages’
  • ‘Buy property now’
  • ‘Don’t worry about the decisions you’re making now – you actually turn out pretty well in a few years’

What are some of the things I would I tell that younger version of me?

  • ‘Talk less, listen more’
  • ‘When you go to uni in Russia, you’re going to lose a glove: take a spare pair’
  • ‘You will never regret learning new things’
  • ‘Believe it or not, one day you will regard walking boots as an essential part of your wardrobe’

Now it’s over to you.

This week’s pebble for you to ponder:

What advice would you send back to your twenty-year-old self?

What do you think?


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