Creative writing prompt #21 – Letter to my ten year old self

Evangelist Luke writing, Byzantine illumination, 10th centuryDear ten year old me,

There’s a lot I would like to tell you so that you wouldn’t make the same mistakes I did, so that you would take full advantage of the opportunities available to you, so that you would be happier now and in later life, but if I told you then you wouldn’t be me.

You wouldn’t have had the experiences I had nor made the mistakes that I did, and you wouldn’t have learned from them as I did.  You wouldn’t ask the same questions of life, you wouldn’t go looking for the answers to those questions, and  you wouldn’t find those answers.

So this letter will be brief, I’m not going to make things easy for you; there are things you need to learn the hard way for us both, and you’ll need to discover these things on your own.

Here’s what I will tell you.

  1. Things will get better eventually
  2. Listen to Mum and Nana – think before you speak
  3. You don’t need to impress anybody
  4. If it is at all possible, never say or do anything if it will upset, anger or hurt you or anybody else in any way
  5. Remember that everything that anybody does or says is a result of everything they have experienced in life up to this moment; the same applies to you
  6. Ask Mum if you can take up Judo or Boxing
  7. Go to the library and find lots of different books to read
  8. If you don’t know, ask.  If people don’t know, find the answer in a library
  9. When you are 14, pick physics instead of chemistry, and pick German instead of French
  10. Whatever you want in life, write it down and then think of how you can make it happen, then go and do it (but remember rule number 4).

Kind regards,

Your 33 year old self

Based on a prompt from


About TheImaginator

35 year old sciolist living in Tokyo. I like swing dancing, Twitter word games, writing, using, reading, and watching movies. I write stuff on my blog occasionally.
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3 Responses to Creative writing prompt #21 – Letter to my ten year old self

  1. Har+new says:

    Creative! I write these too, but, in reverse.

  2. Bbots says:

    I really like this. Thanks for sharring it.

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