A stroll through the book store can be restorative for me. On this particular Friday night, it was a much needed “getaway.” Do you get excited when you spot books you’ve already read? Silly, huh? It makes me feel successful in some small way. “I’ve read this one, that one…” I can almost always remember where I was when I was reading a book, especially if I was on a vacation! Then I meet all the books I want to read, and know I will never live long enough. It reminds me of a topic I wrote about recently–being bored. With so many unread books, how does one become ?
During this time of the year, the book store is filled with even more gifty items then usual. I stumbled upon “Letters to My Future Self.” The cover promises: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever. See website here.
There are ten prompts: These are my roots…Where I want to go…All the things I’d like to try someday…This is what I live for…It was an extraordinary day…I promise to myself…There’s no place like home…A pep talk for the future me…This is a letter about my love…I never want to forget this…And, two blank pages for topics of your own choice.
The gist – write yourself a letter. It’s “from the old me” written”to my future self.” The writer indicates the date sealed and the date to be opened.
Since I purchased this item, my mind has churned out letter upon letter. I’ve also pondered responses I may have written to myself 10 years ago, 20, even 30! I have yet to actually write anything down, but I promise to get busy on this.
Even if you don’t put pen to paper, or hands to a keyboard (I intend to handwrite my letters), did any of the prompts make you want to craft your own letters? I can’t decide where to begin though “It was an extraordinary day” is calling out to me.
We have much to be thankful for, today and everyday.
In other news…
The coloring crazy continues. When I walked into the bookstore, there were hundreds of coloring books on clearance. My first thought was it’s over. But, as I continued my tour, new coloring books with new themes have emerged, and they are laced throughout numerous aisles now. Once confined to only one small section in the store. I also saw monthly calendars where you color the scene for each month along with daily desk calendars, something new to color daily. This is far from over!
Finally, how do you feel about a color app? It doesn’t have the same appeal or satisfaction for me. Maybe on a long plane ride, it would help break up the monotony. There are several free apps out there.
4 thoughts on “Letters to Me”
Your walk through the book store reminds me of how I love to simply sit in a room with wall-to-wall bookshelves. To just commune with all of these books–whether or not I’ve read them yet, or even if I’ve read them many times! They are my friends, and it’s wonderful to sit quietly with them.
I do understand! I have to be in a particular frame of mind to do the book store stroll! I do wish we had quaint book stores around. We do have Yesterday’s Books, which I love, though their hours don’t always work for the evenings.
Speaking of quaint book stores…remember the one in Pt. Reyes?
I recently spent over an hour in Yesterday’s Books with a Groupon ($45 for $20) and knew I had to spend it all in one visit (those were the rules). I began looking for favorite authors, then for books on my Book Club list, finally just began browsing for something new and different. After choosing an armload of books, I went to the sheet music department and found two pieces of sheet music to add to the collection. It was a fun productive hour. I like the idea of writing letters to yourself for the future. I have journaled(sp) over the years and will sometimes bring those out to read what I was doing/thinking at different times of my life. I usually only journal when I’m sad/depressed so I’m always glad I’m not in that place any longer. I like the idea of writing letters to my future self. The prompts would give a great place to start the mind thinking. I may invest in one of those. Thank you for your continued thoughtful blog! I always enjoy it.