A letter to the future Sophie Gilliland

Sophie Gilliland, Online Editor-in-Chief

Dear future Sophie Gilliland,

You know, usually this is the other way around and you’re the one writing the letter to your past self. Imagine, you could be giving me, your past self, advice and tell me that everything turns out okay and I don’t need to worry about anything and give me a confidence boost or something. Thanks for not being able to reassure me now and for not telling me what to write to you in this letter.

Since this is the first time I’ve written a letter to my future self and I don’t really have anything to use as an example I’m gonna do my best to improvise. I’m just gonna tell you what I hope will happen in the future and you can look back at it in a few months and agree or look back at it in a year (maybe) and laugh at my concerns.

To be honest, though, you can judge me for this and I won’t be too mad because sometimes I put off homework and studying for you to do which is pretty cruel but I don’t do it that often so please don’t hate me.

My main goal is to be happy — try laughing at that future me. I mean happiness is made up of a bunch of things but that’s the basis of the rest of this letter.

I want to go to college and do well in college and not have a mental breakdown because of the stress and the money. That seems like a pretty realistic goal so I should be good.

I want to have a dog at some point in my life, I don’t want to hate or be bored with my future job, I want to have good friends like I do now, I want my family to be happy and healthy, I want to be able to live comfortably, and I want to be confident in myself. I would also like future me to exercise more so I don’t get sick as often or so I don’t get so anxious. I want to be a little less lazy, but still have time to relax.

I have no idea if these are realistic goals, I mean I don’t seem to be asking for much right now. All of my goals sort of seem generic and like a given or like goals that everyone has for their future, but I don’t need to be unique.

Present Sophie Gilliland