I'm constantly writing letters and postcards to other people, but it has been awhile since I wrote a letter to myself.
When I was 15 my camp counselor said, "Write a letter to yourself, seal it up, and address and stamp it. In addition, on the outside of the envelope, put a date on it. When that date rolls around, I'll mail it to you." I wrote that letter and tucked a sprig of Wyoming sagebrush in the envelope.
What a concept! What a gift.
That letter arrived out of thin air almost a year later at a time when I desperately needed a boost of confidence and a bracing breath of Wyoming sage. I'll never forget reading the simple words of wisdom from a girl who'd just spent more than 4 weeks in the back country of Wyoming backpacking and horsepacking. With her ten closest friends, she'd bushwacked through the burliest section of the Wind River Range losing ten pounds in one four day stretch. She'd taken a string of pack mules up the trail for five days, loading and unloading panniers, throwing the diamond hitch, making coffee on an open fire at daybreak. She'd run for her life over a mountain pass as lightening sizzled the alpine wildflowers around her. All of this made that algebra test look damn easy.
The Postcard Project is about writing letters to others. It is about being vulnerable and connected and slowing down.
What about writing a letter to yourself?
One of my heroes Maya Angelou wrote a whole book called "What I Know: Letters to My Younger Self." And one of my favorite corners of the web for letter writing just featured one of those letters.
How about writing a letter to yourself?
If you seal it up and send it to me, addressed and stamped and with a date you want it sent back to you written on the envelope, I'll make it happen.
I swear I will.
I dare you.
I dare myself to write one to myself dated for sometime next year. I'll post a picture of it up here as soon as I write it.