This year I am taking part in #write31Days – when writers all over the world write a series of blog posts for each day in October.
I was asked a few days ago to think about the word ‘legacy’.
It’s not really a word I’ve thought about but immediately my mind went to the things I’d like to pass on to my children. Values, knowledge, the ability to bake a good cake and ride a bike.
But then I thought about my legacy to myself.
If I live to somewhere in my eighties I have lived half of my life already. I don’t always like thinking about my age, because I am definitely older than I feel or think I am, but actually I’ve lived a rich life already. I’ve experienced so much. I’ve learned huge amounts about myself and other people and the world.
It occurred to me that I should actually acknowledge and appreciate all the living I’ve done – the living of the hard and the fun, the good and the devastating – and take from it principles and values that I can use as the foundations and the guidebook for the second half of my life.
To that end I am going to write my future self a letter each day of October, sharing something I’ve realised or discovered or experienced that I want future Shona to take note of.
The letters will cover the important things, like hair dye, skate boarding, God, ageing and everything in between.
I hope you’ll join with me on this venture, and share with me the life letters you’d write to future you. I will post the links on this page, so that you can find all of them easily. Looking forward to a great month of writing and conversations.
Day 1: Am I too old for this ?
Day 2: Just keep celebrating
Day 3: It’s all about the socks
Day 4: God is Enough
Day 6: Ambulances and American cars
Day 7: Quiet
Day 8: Don’t ignore the feelings
Day 9: Cracks appear
Day 10: You don’t make the grade
Day 11: Hair dye is your friend
Day 12: With great love
Day 14 : Be Curious
Day 15 : Talk to Strangers
Day 16: Swearing is never the answer