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I Wrote A Letter To My Teenage Self (and you’ll be SHOCKED by what happened next)

May 12, 2020

A few years ago, I wrote a letter to my past teenage self.  Writing the letter wasn’t a big deal.  After I wrote it, though, I decided to send it to myself in the past.  What happened next was kind of surprising.

Whenever something weird happens to me, people don’t believe me, probably because I come across as such an average guy.  Maybe writing about a bizarre incident like this isn’t enough.  Maybe I have to tell it in order for people to believe me.  So I tell the story in the video below (but you can read along with the transcript too):


What do you think?  Have you ever written a letter to your past or future self?  What do you think your past or future self would say to your present self?

  1. I wish I could write a letter to my past self and avoid a few toxic girlfriends! 🙂

  2. I have never written to my past self because I’ve always been afraid of what she would write back. I dunno, I’m not a huge fan of paradoxes as they make everything wibbly wobbly. Besides, even if I think the note was harmless, I remember how I was then, and everything had a deeper meaning, even “good morning.” So that’s the rub. I’d write something incredibly innocuous, my younger self would read it, infer some crazy message in it all, internalize it, and then forget the note ever existed to begin with. Because, obviously with the complications and inherent paradoxes involved in time travel, my younger self would be unable to remember the note from the future after she had written back. The only one that could remember would be me. Therefore, it would be, for me, less of a butterfly effect and more of a bootstrap paradox as I would not have remembered receiving the note, thus would not know where that insane messaging came from, but would have loved my entire adult life with that message in my brain with no idea how it got there. Especially if my future self decided not to write the note this time around. Thus breaking the causality loop completely and probably my brain with it.

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