(I loved Reverb10, where I was sent a writing prompt every day of December. It was a great way to reflect on the year and set some goals. Alas, Reverb11 is not going to happen unless I do it. So, I’ve collected the prompts from last year, exchanged a few of my own, and will select one every day.)
Prompt: Future self. Imagine yourself 5 years from now. What advice would you give yourself?
I imagine myself five years from now…on a random Tuesday…
My future self wakes up naturally, without an alarm clock. She drinks a glass of water. She meditates. She stretches in bed, and then on the floor, and then gets out of bed and does some yoga. She drinks a smoothie, prays, and draws a tarot card for the day. She showers. She east breakfast. She gets dressed.
She does not go to work. Her husband does not go to work.
Her husband kisses her on the cheek, and takes their two dogs out for a long trail run. She settles herself in front of her computer, and puts on her voice-recognition software headset and starts to talk. To write. She’s writing a series of mystery novels with a main character who is in the profession my future self just left. She sells them on Amazon, electronically. She has enough of a following to make a comfortable living.
Mid-morning, she takes a break. She gets some tea and while drinking it in the sunny living room, meditates again.
She goes back to work, and perhaps if inspiration has left her she works on plotting out the next scene so it’s ready for tomorrow.
At noon, she stops writing and she and her husband make lunch – a hot lunch. Soup, if it’s cold out. (She does, after all, live in the Pacific Northwest.) If it’s nice weather, they might take a walk together around the neighborhood with the dogs or ride their bikes to run an errand.
The afternoon could be many things – working on her latest craft project, canning an abundance of produce, blogging or keeping up with fan mail, getting a massage, working in the garden that supplies most of their food, a volunteer meeting or trip to the library, but 5 years from today my future self has an appointment in town. She didn’t completely leave her profession. She stays in touch with her professional colleges, and goes to professional gatherings to stay in the loop. And, occasionally, she takes on private clients and occasionally meets with them on weekday afternoons. That’s what she is doing today, working with a young man who needs help expressing himself in the college essay. Today, her husband heads out about the same time. He is doing some volunteer tutoring at a local school and will then stop by the local farmers market for dinner’s produce. They will see each other again when they return in the evening.
Later that night, after a nice dinner and a glass of wine, they watch television on the couch with their dogs. When the go up to bed, she does a little yoga and meditates again. They read books in bed before falling asleep. She look forward to the weekend, when they will see friends, but for right now she is also happily looking forward to the next day.
What advice would I give myself?
Hurry the heck up, would you? I want your life!
P.S. Last year I wrote this.