07 Feb A Letter to Me from FUTURE ME?!
Today I decided to write myself a letter. I am always intrigued by people talking to other versions of themselves or really getting into the perspectives of others. For example “Superman” by Five for Fighting, or the writing of the historical characters in “Midnight in Paris”. But rather than write a letter to my younger self, as many do, I’ve decided to ‘receive’ a letter from my older self.
Dear 28-year-old Ibrahim,
Hello good friend. I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I was recently pondering the journey life has taken me on from childhood to where I am today (2/4/2040) and I thought it might be productive to write to you. First off, let me say congratulations. The accomplishments you’ve achieved up until this point are enough to have made your friends and family proud. You siblings look up to you, count on you for support and guidance, and work hard to achieve greatness based on the bar you’ve set for them. You’ve chosen a wonderful partner to spend your life with. You work hard to keep your family together and ensure everyone is living up to their potential. Sure, you’ve made mistakes along the way. It took you a while to get things together. But now you’re at a point where you’re developing yourself into the man you’re going to be forever. You’re at a pivotal moment in your life. One that will shape your destiny and lead you down the path to whatever greatness you define for yourself.
I know the struggle you’ve been dealing with. You’re at that point in life where you decide who it is you’re going to become. There are many paths, with all of the advantages and disadvantages that come with them. Luckily for me, im the final product and I’m happy with the decisions that you are going to make. But you’ve yet to make them, so allow me to offer you a little advice.
Know yourself. Don’t compare yourself to your colleagues and peers. What they are in pursuit of isn’t what will make you happy. I know that some of their lifestyles seem glamorous and prestigious, and that it’s easy to get caught up in all of that. But you know what matters most to you and it isn’t cars and money. Think about what you find most important. I remember the thoughts that preoccupied your mind. You pondered the importance of honor, courage, service to others, chivalry, and being a gentleman even when it wasn’t popular. You worked hard to become a man of value, a person who could be called on for help with anything, and a person who was disciplined with his words and emotions. Keep these values on the forefront of your mind as you move forward. Make your decisions with these thoughts close at heart.
You lucky dog. You happened to score the smartest, coolest chick on Earth. How you pulled it off, I’ll never know. But she’s only gotten finer with age, and she’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to us. I know she’s busy now, and it’s sometimes hard to feel close because you’re both working so hard, but let me tell you it’s all worth the wait. She’s a wonderful human being. She’s helped mold you into a really great man (trust me, I know how great I am), she’s given us an amazing family (I’ll spare you the details, the surprise is worth the wait), and she’s the greatest partner in crime a fella could ask for. Make sure she knows how amazing she is. She’s going through some of the hardest times in her life right now, and you’re her support. Be there when she needs you, because she’s going to be here for you all through your journey. You did good buddy. I appreciate the choices you’ve made, as they have paid off well for me.
You have a great family. You know that. Your siblings are growing into fine young adults, and due to your hard work they see the value in higher education. Take pride in knowing that you set the bar for them, and they are working hard to meet your standards. Help them along the way. You know how hard it can be. Continue to be their support, to show them kindness along the way, and to pick them up when they fall. You had an amazing support system, which allowed you to be the first college graduate of the family. Be there for them and their accomplishments will be yours. You’ll soon find that there is no greater feeling than seeing those you care about succeed and knowing that you were an integral part of that process. You’ll never want to do anything else.
You’re doing well, young Ibrahim. You’ve had a lot of great experiences, you’ve seized many great opportunities, and you’re growing into a fine gentleman. But now that you’ve achieved some level of success and your skills and talents are beginning to flourish, many more opportunities will open up for you. I know you’re destined for great things both personally and professionally, so I’ll leave you with a simple piece of advice.
Remember who you are. Remember where you came from. Remember where you’re going. And remember what kind of man you want to be. If you follow this simple advice great things will happen for us.
Thanks for working so hard to become the man that I am today. It’s an unimaginable life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Great things to come!
It seems future Ibrahim has a lot of faith in who I am to become. I’m excited in the prospects he hints at and inspired to work hard to meet the goals I (or we) have. His letter couldn’t have come at a more integral time for me.
Looks like I have a lot of work to do! I’m excited!