Dear Future Alli,
Look around you. Can you believe you made it this far? So many wonderful things have happened in your life. So many loving people surround you. You wake up every day and you love what you do – I'm sure of it.
From where I stand, in New York City on July 31, 2015, I have no way of knowing which paths you've taken, who has taken residence in your heart, and who has left it. I don't know where you live, or what your job is. But I believe that you are happy.
Do you remember when you were me? 23 years old, freshly home from a year in France, and now living and working in NYC. I feel so adult. But I know I'm still so, so young – I have nothing figured out, and no way of knowing where I'll be next. It's scary, and it's also thrilling.
But as I make my way through life, I keep you in my mind. You are the reason I make the choices I do – you, the me I want to become. The me of tomorrow. The girl who refused to ever settle, who sought out and followed her passions to the ends of the earth. The girl who learned something new every day. The girl that became a woman – a woman who lived her dreams.
I don't know who's accompanying you on your journey, but I hope you've found someone special to come along for the ride. Someone who pushes you to be your best self. Someone who inspires and challenges you, who loves you for all your weird voices, bad jokes, and quiet musings. I wonder if it's who I think it is. I wonder if it's someone totally different, someone I haven't even met yet. But no matter what his name is, above all, I hope you guys find a way to do everything together you've ever wanted to. Travel, work, parenthood, everything. I hope you show them that it is possible to be a woman and have it all.
Future Alli, I feel so young when I think of you. I feel so clueless when I think of how much you've learned. I can't wait until I can look back on my life from your point of view, with wisdom and joy. And peace. I wish happiness for us, and good fortune, and love, and adventure – but maybe most of all, I wish for peace. When I am you, and I look back on it all, I hope I feel a profound sense of peace affirming that yes, I did it right, I lived to the fullest. I did all I could, I learned all I wanted to, I read all the books on my list, and I left a legacy worth remembering.
Thank you for continuing to be my inspiration. I look forward to the day we meet.
A Younger You
Looking forward to reading your guys' versions too! :)