Writing a letter to 100-year-old self is one of the most difficult tasks that one could embark on. For me, it is quite difficult because I am a man in my thirties. As much mature and wise I may consider myself to be, I perhaps do not have the maturity of a 100-year-old.
Being old, in many ways, is a blessing. With age comes wisdom. Being old could bring clarity. But being old could also diminish one’s freedom. While the soul is wiser, the body gets older and might limit one’s independence.
Very few people reach the milestone of being 100-years old. I have met several individuals who, at the time of meeting, were close to 100-years old. Some of them were World War II veterans. It was amazing to witness how the elderly individuals could remember events from their childhood and teen years quite vividly and also speak about those. I consider them truly blessed to not only live to be in their nineties but also be in possession of sharp minds and excellent memories.
Could I try to write a letter to 100-year-old self? Perhaps. I am, after all, a writer. If I want to, I could very well write a letter to 100-year-old self. My imagination would allow me to come up with words and sentences directed at a very old and mature version of myself. What the world would look like several decades from now, I would not know for sure. I could use my imagination to paint a picture of that as well. I could also try to imagine the trajectory of my life that might lead to a 100th birthday.
But the letter I would write today might be quite different from the letter than I might write ten years from now. Perhaps, with the passage of each decade, the contents of the letter would change, as time would allow me to gain more experience in life.
We all live in the present moment. I could engage myself in the task of writing a letter to 100-year-old self. But I choose not to. I would, perhaps, do it some other day. At this time, I would simply like to watch the days and weeks unfold. I simply wish for the ability to make the best use of my time–to spend my days in productive activities, to nurture my talent in writing, to use the power of my voice, and to live a life of peace.