One Year Later: The Exercise

Dear Kirsten… Write a letter to yourself one year ago (yourself in Spring 2020 when the pandemic first really hit us).  What would you say to yourself about the year to follow? What turned out better or worse in the past year? Go into details (“you don’t know it yet, but”…and fill in the blanks). […]

Dear Aaron

Dear Aaron, This year was one of the most decisive ones of your short but now very rapidly lengthening life. I cannot even express to you how proud I am of you for making it this far. I never thought I would be in the position I am today, you have so much to look […]

Dear Jemma

Dear Me, It’s Spring 2020 and your senior year just got put on pause for two weeks. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to be two weeks. You’ve been looking forward to your last semester of high school for so long, but it’s not going to happen the way you ever imagined it would. You’re not going to […]

Dear Henry

Hey Henry, How are you? A little bit strange, you know, writing to you. Or do I mean writing to me? I feel like writing to one’s past self is almost like writing to someone completely different. Anyways, hope you are well. You are probably enjoying your summer vacation. Most likely relaxing at our aunt’s […]

Dear Bella

Dear Bella,I can honestly say that this year has been so stressful, but has been pretty great as well. We arecurrently in April of 2021 and the pandemic is still happening. I know you were excited aboutsummer traveling and going to concerts in the summer of 2020, but unfortunately, it’s not able tohappen. You don’t […]

Dear Bethany

Dear the me of last year, Hello! I assume you have a lot of questions. Or maybe you don’t. Maybe you want to avoid thinking about the nebulous future, to pretend that it exists somewhere you can’t reach. I understand that, I do. I don’t want to lie to you, but at the same time, […]

Dear Emily

Dear Emily, I don’t really know how to tell you that you’ll be okay, because I know you aren’t. Nobody really is. You were scared when your mom got sick, and you smell candles every morning just to make sure you’re okay, and you don’t ever feel relaxed. School feels like the one thing you […]

Dear Shea

Hi past me. You don’t know it yet, but god you’re in for a lot. I’ll tell you now that you won’t find one thing that makes you decide the pandemic was worth it. Next April you’d trade everything from it to hope it didn’t happen, you’d give them all up in a heartbeat. Good […]

Dear Morgan

Dear Morgan, Brace yourself… because you truly have no idea what is coming at you this year. You don’t know it yet, but you are about to end your first year of college early at the school you began to truly love. You’ll have to pack extra clothes, books, and other belongings for what at […]

Dear Winder

Dear Winder, I hope you’re doing well, hanging in there during quarantine. What a crazy time. While it doesn’t seem like it, everything will get better. I promise. I want to tell you about the year ahead and what’s to come. But first, I want to start with what’s to come during quarantine. First, because […]