Dear 43-year-old Sanch,
It’s weird thinking of you in your forties. For some reason, I always remember dreaming of life in my twenties and thirties but never the forties. No, I didn’t think you’d be dead before forty but in my younger years, it seemed so far away. So unattainable.
43-year-old Sanch — how are you?
I hope you are content with life. I know that ten years ago, there was a lot of discontent. A great deal of soul-searching. I do hope you are closer now than you were ten years ago.
Ten years ago you were struggling with disconnection and loneliness. I hope you have found the connections you so desire. While I know it does not have to be with several hundred people, I hope you have found your tribe. I also hope they haven’t let you down.
I can’t help but wonder where you live. Are you still on the Central Coast? Or did you move back home to the Shire? If you did, I hope you don’t have to battle Sydney traffic on a daily basis. I assume it has only become worse. Or did you manage to find a job in the beloved South Coast and move down to that idyllic locale you frequented? After all, in ten years’ time, I’d hope there would be more job in the health department down that way. Or did you decide to chuck it all, be courageous, and move states — a seachange to the Sunshine Coast or Cairns?
What about writing? I hope you have finished a book at the very least. Of course, if you have been published in your forties, that’s an awesome achievement too. But for now, I hope you’ve finished a book and submitted stories and poems. I also hope you are having the balance of writing and psychology you so craved ten years ago.
Are you less of a perfectionist in your forties? I sure hope so. Ten years ago, the perfectionism was eating you inside and affecting your relationships. I hope you have sorted that out and are less of a Type-A personality.
Pebbles and Buttons must be quite old by now — 15 years, in fact. They would have continued to enrich your life. I don’t even want to begin to imagine what you have to go through when you finally say goodbye to them.
If you are in a relationship — whether with Mr Imperfect or someone else — I hope you are happy. More importantly, if you are single and independent, I hope you are content too. I hope you are continuing to have adventures and push yourself to get out of your comfort zone. Being brave was always hard but you managed it ten years ago and I’m sure you are doing it now.
I will stop my ramblings now and wish you well.
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Prompts for 12th May 2017:
1. Write a letter to your future self – 10, 15 or 20 years from now
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