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Voting will end July 6th at 11:59pm ET (member votes count 5x, non-member votes count 1x)

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  • draperj submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Write a letter to your future selfWrite a letter to your future self 1 year ago

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    Trust me, let go!

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    I love you

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    Healing for a Lifetime

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    Remember angel

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    To My Dearest

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    Who are you? Autobio- Poem; Return Response, From: Future-Fiction Fantasy (Dream)Come True, FANATIC

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    To Us it does Concern

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    Navigating Life's Journey: A Message of Resilience and Creativity

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  • Dear Old me,

    You’re in excruciating pain, scared and confused. That’s due to the multiple skull fractures. You will always be reminded of what happened because of the lifetime of pain you will endure, but you heal. Better than anyone could ever have imagined. Despite the amnesia, God will allow you to keep the memories you have made with your children. For this, you are grateful. Unfortunately, memories of that night are also something that stays with you, but you see it as a starting point from how far you’ve come. This is also something to be grateful for.

    After he fractures your jaw, he uses pliers in an attempt to remove several of your teeth. He wanted a souvenir. God is with you when this happens, therefore he ends up with nothing. The dentist is the only one who collects a tooth several months later. It’s necessary for the healing process. In time, you will find yourself able to enjoy dinner with your children again.

    You regain your hearing even though he ruptures both of your eardrums. God will allow you to hear your Autistic son speak his first words eventually. That’s when you’ll realize your life will be filled with miracles that have nothing to do with that night. This is when you stop counting your blessings and accept them in abundance.

    It will take over a year for you to ovulate the way a woman should. That’s okay. Eventually the pain you experience due to the trauma inflicted to your uterus lessens. You’ll only be reminded of it when menstruating. At times, you’ll think about the little girl that you always wanted but push those thoughts aside when you remember how lucky you are to have two sons already.

    It was rape. There is nothing that you could have done differently to change the events that unfolded that night. Be kinder to yourself. It will take years, but the nightmares will subside. You will no longer find yourself drenched in tears, awoken by your own screams. God will allow you to dream again.

    You survive. Your mind, body and soul will be forever altered, but that’s okay. You will struggle with relearning everything you have forgotten, because of this, you will evolve into a different person. A better person. One who displays strength and compassion in all that she does. You will piece yourself back together and the broken in you will be your beauty.

    God will allow you to heal. He will assure you that this happens through the love and bond you have with your children. They will repair you mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Remember to thank God for this in your prayers daily and thank your children by reciprocating the love they use to save you with. Love is all they have to give you; that’s all you will ever need to make it through another day.

    Love Always, Your Future Self

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    • I am so very sorry to read what you went through. I am a survivor too. Your strength is incredible. He hurt your body but he didn’t damage your soul. Your kids are so lucky to have a mommy like you. You are not just a survivor you are fighter. The future you is so thankful the present you is so resilient. Keep healing. Keep loving yourself and…read more

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I’m sorry this happened to you as well. It’s been a long journey, the healing process. It took me a long time to make sense of my writing. The head injury set me back in so many ways. I submitted this as a entry because I may have read the contest topic in error. It was to my understanding that I could write to…read more

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      • Aww, the way you wrote it works! We did give multiple options on how to write it! Keep opening up and sharing your story. One day at a time. You’ll keep getting better. Thank you for being so brave. <3 Lauren

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    • You captured my attention instantly as a woman from abuse and of rape. My body bruised my insides torn and the shame that swallowed my being. You are an inspiration, an earth angel and yes you will heal because you have gratitude for every new day with your children. Goddess speed for you beauty.

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      • Thank you sweetheart,
        It’s a shame an experience as such is the reason we cross paths, however I’m glad you took the time to read my letter. I appreciate you saying I’m an inspiration, as are you. It’s important to know this is something society experiences more than we care to speak of. Shame also suffocates me at times, so understand where you…read more

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    • You are so strong. I’m so sorry that you went through that. Never let that define who you are. Your kids are so lucky to have a mother like you. Your strength is unwavering. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Oh. My heart is with you. I to am a survivor. The words of your pain stuck my soul. You are so strong. You are so brave. You are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your deepest feelings here, in this very safe group. We are all here to help build one another up. To hold one another and to bring back the light for one another. 💜

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    • You’ve gone through so much. Physical pain and emotional trauma is such a hard thing to come to terms with. You are so strong and is a powerful role model. Thank you for sharing

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    Letter to Ameerah

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    The Road We’ve Traveled

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    Be kind to yourself and prioritize yourself!

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  • The Mourning Doves Are Gone

    I don’t know why she’s in my arms now.
    She’s just as rigid as she ever was.
    Not even blood pools out her private body,
    She thought she’d save it for her wedding day.
    The rocking chair creaks like a mourning dove,
    The mourning doves are gone.

    I wanted to write you before she was gone,
    But the shotgun smokes black, but I’ve done it now,
    but I’ve done it raw. Above, a mourning dove
    Groans like a dying girl on her wedding day.
    The bullet hole is just as gaudy as it ever was.
    The rocking chair thrusts in and out like a body.

    Do we ever get the nerve to look at our own body?
    If the mourning doves are gone,
    Should we mourn for ourselves? Will our day
    Of reckoning smoke black like a gun? Now,
    she’s in the garden, just as soft as she ever was.
    Now, the lillies are screaming like a mourning dove.

    Will Jesus, Son of God, mourn us like a dove?
    If a fallen angel comes, will they touch our dirty body?
    Is it just as raw as it ever was?
    The morning doves are gone,
    I wonder where they’ll fly now;
    There’ll be no blood for them, or a wedding day.

    I never loved the girl that we buried. The black day
    sinks into my lap like our gun. A mourning dove
    Murmurs our name to Jesus. We’ve done it now,
    Will we do it again? There’s no such thing as a private body
    anymore. I rock in the rocking chair. I’ve gone
    back and forth like I never was

    Rigid. I’ve gone back and forth like I never was
    Soft. When you read this, will you remember this day
    Like a wound or a moan? Have you ever gone
    Back to her body? Do you have the nerve to look at a dove?
    Did the Lily’s in the garden grow from her body?
    I hope you’re chuckling in the rocking chair now.

    She’s just as rigid as she ever was.
    The rocking chair creaks like a mourning dove

    We could have bled on our wedding day,
    But of what use is a private body?

    The mourning doves are gone
    My shotgun’s hot, I’ve done it now.

    Kylie Cohen

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    • This is such an interesting take on purity being stripped away. You have an artist touch in your words. Thank you so much for sharing such an interesting piece of you.

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  • It’s Lighter Here

    Hey you,

    I know.

    You are seen.
    I see you.

    Your bloom is just around the corner so don’t lose your footing now. The load is much lighter here, after learning to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Elevation is right there. I see you spending days cuddled up in bed with God’s Word because you think the entire world doesn’t understand depth. Plus, speaking kindly to yourself just doesn’t feel natural. I see the mirrors decorating every wall just to reaffirm yourself: ‘I am well spoken and articulate’. From where I sit, Indian style and lifted of course, people do understand you when you speak; the depth, the substance. Our words penetrate souls and who is for you will align with you. And yes, it is ok to leave a little room for delusion in your life because reality is heavy and the truth is, everything seemingly holding you back is all an illusion anyway. Never mind the diagnosis and crises you believe could never get better.

    Time.

    All in God’s timing, for you know ‘His ways are not our ways; His thoughts are not our thoughts.’ Yet and still, you are there to give valuable and necessary think pieces. Here, you’ve finally made it to be remembered as a lighthouse; you store light, you pour light. You are a pathway to peace above all else. Your gift guides life directly to and from the Creator so don’t doubt yourself. For now, focus on being present in every task without strategizing the outcome.

    Breathe.

    Your feet have already been blessed in every step you take. The ground you walk on is sacred. You can rest.

    Rest.

    Send kudos to the soldiers in their bullet proof vests; ours became too heavy to suit up in every single day so on this new land, I decided to take it off and bury it. Now, I protect myself by going where I’m celebrated and resting where peace greets me; speaking in spaces where my language flows freely and is reciprocated with flowers while I’m breathing. You are doing everything we first learn to do alone on our own – alone, so yes, you will know what beauty feels like when you invite someone along. Our wildest discovery in healing was that the process becomes a little easier once you learn to hurt. Not avoid it. Not fight it. And it is ok to count your blessings but mourning the pain and the scars of the lessons holds real weight too. So smile, Angelface, through the highs and the lows.

    Trust.

    Keep your balance and embrace the moments of weakness too. For when you are weak, He can be strong for you.

    Be.

    You’re free. Survival mode taught you well but now softness is your robe. Adjust your crown and recognize your throne. Predestined for peace, is what you are – what you’ve been. The prayer hadn’t even existed on your lips until the plan to answer it said ‘begin”.

    Sow.

    Accept with worthiness what you deserve to reap, through and through. Most of all, don’t forget to remember what God says is true about You.

    I’ll wait for you.

    Love,
    The Future You

    Clarisse H.

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    • Clarisse – I love this! You already know how amazing you are. I don’t even have to tell you, but I will anyway. You are AMAZING. I love love love this part: “Now, I protect myself by going where I’m celebrated and resting where peace greets me; speaking in spaces where my language flows freely and is reciprocated with flowers while I’m bre…read more

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      • Lauren, your kind and encouraging words are always very much appreciated. I’ve spent too much time shying away from the resilient and string parts of me simply due to exhaustion and fear that if I exhibited those traits, I’d keep attracting things and situations I’d have to be resilient and strong for. However, I now realize these chara…read more

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        • Aww yes, it is so true. There is a quote I once saw and loved. I am not sure who said it but it says, “I want to inspire people. ‘I want someone to look at me and say, because of you. I didn’t give up.'”

          Your journey will be someone else’s roadmap. Be proud of all that you are. You are right, they are gifts. You are a wonderful and beautiful…read more

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          • “Your journey will be someone else’s roadmap.” Wow. That just lit a fire in me that I cannot yet describe to its fullest extent but that just gave me a reminder that this life we live isn’t just for us; it is to inspire and touch those around us too. Thank you so so much 🙏🏽

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    • Wow. You are an amazing person. This is such an inspiration. You already know who you are. Thank you for sharing your story. Your journey in someone else roadmap. <3

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      • Mavis, your compliment to who am I as a human being is truly an honor to receive. My journey recognizes yours and to connect is beyond fate! Thank you so much!

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    • What a touching and beautiful letter. It’s an honor to read this! You are inspiring and powerful, it really shines through in your written words! Cheering you on and I voted for you as well! 🙌

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    • Clarisse, this was beautiful. There was a depth and lyrical-ness in your letter that was very moving. I loved so many thoughts and it resonated deeply with my own experiences and feelings.

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    • Your words are so beautiful and encouraging and I’m sure that when the future you reads this they will be filled with comfort. Your imagery is very powerful. Thank you for sharing

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    Showstopper

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  • Learning how to Exhale

    Dear Rachel,

    We’re in our thirties now and you know what it means to feel calm. You’ll grow in and out of many pairs of jeans, and with a sigh and a smile you’ll put them in a pile of things to get rid of. You know how good it feels to let go of what squeezes you too tightly. You’ll learn how to chop an onion without crying, how to preserve fruits for colder months. You know the necessity of confronting what makes you weep, how often winter comes in July.
    He broke up with you. It still hurts to talk about, but His name is no longer your personal prayer. Instead, his name sounds like a kettle before it shrieks: like water about to boil, His name is the tension that comes from unpredictable movements, from explosive people. These days, your tongue is too heavy with memories to speak His name aloud. After all, growth is giving up what weighs you down. You don’t look for him behind grocery store aisles, in the green trucks that will pass you by, or in the arms of angry people anymore. When you turn your head now, it is only to look at the stars, who are far more faithful.
    Convinced that there is a story in everything, you will interpret tea leaves in the morning, and create new futures with each breath. You’ll find pleasures your body hasn’t experienced yet, you’ll meet a joy your heart hasn’t known. Just as seasons force change in all living things, like the flowers you grow in your garden, you understand how to peel back the layers of self, to lay vulnerable long enough to grow. In perpetual inhalation, you’ve always known how to keep everything inside. But now, baby, you’re in the seasoning of your unfolding. You finally know what it means to exhale, how good it feels to let go.

    Rachel M. B.

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    • Love this Rachel! I feel like it so accurately embodies MY 30s. It’s so funny with boys. The boys who broke my heart in my late teens and 20s – the ones that I cried about and felt physical pain from the heartbreak they caused – they are just a distant memory now. No emotions, no feelings, no anger connected to them at all… I just don’t care. You…read more

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    • I say this often but every thing will pass. I heard a quote once that said “in hard times. This too shall pass in good times. This too shall pass. Opened my eyes to not sit helplessly in a hard time but to also be so grateful for the good times. Nothing last forever. Emotions are temporary. They ebb and flow.

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    • It’s so inspiring to see these words of wisdom. Letting go of what squeezes us so tightly is such a powerful metaphor for releasing the things that are no longer important to us. Thank you for sharing

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  • To My Future Self

    Dear Future Hannah,

    I hope you are living the reality that I have worked so hard to gain for you.

    I have been doing the hard work of healing, so that you can know what it’s like to be healed.

    I am making meaningful connections with others so that you can enjoy community in the good times, and lean on them in the bad.

    I am a student in the school of forgiveness so that you can be free from the chains that have bound me.

    I am discovering who I am so that you will be confident in who you are.

    I am nurturing my relationship with Jesus so one day we will see His sweet face.

    I am asking myself the hard questions so that you can stand confidently in the truth.

    I am finding my voice so that your voice can be a continuous roar.

    I am learning to take care of my own needs so that you can be the healthiest version of us that you can be.

    I’m acknowledging our inner child and learning to honor her and what she thought she had to do to keep us safe.

    I’m learning how to let go of mindsets and beliefs that no longer serve me so you can live an abundant life.

    I am planting the seed so you will bloom and bear fruit.

    I am coming to love myself so that you can love yourself.

    I am mourning what I have lost while simultaneously finding joy in what we still have.

    I am honoring the past while at the same time looking forward to the future.

    I am being pruned by the Master Gardener so that we can grow.

    I am hurting and healing,

    Bending and breaking,

    Loving and aching,

    Laughing and Crying,

    Remaining and Transforming,

    Listening and Observing,

    Coming and Going,

    Maturing and Growing.

    Lest you think your life will be perpetual bliss, I want to warn you that you’ll have your own share of trials and tribulations to face.

    See this thing called life is a wild ride with many twists and turns, and ups and downs.

    It is both messy and beautiful.

    Try to live in the moment.

    And when times are tough I hope you fight for the future version of you just as hard as I’ve fought to make this possibility a reality, to get you to where you are.

    I hope your love will be something fierce

    That you will realize that you make this world a better, brighter place.

    That you will continue to try and mend hearts that you did not break.

    That you will understand that deep grief and incredible grace can coexist.

    That you would not dwell on all the work you still need to do, but that you would remember all that you have already overcome

    And sweet girl if there is anything that I wish for you and your heart and your future it’s this:

    That you would trust God with them.

    And that you would feel comfortable to be authentically and unapologetically you

    That you would celebrate how fearfully and wonderfully 1 you are made.

    Good luck. Know that I will always be rooting for you.

    With love,

    Hannah G.

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    • Hannah, The future you is going to be soooo thankful for the present you. You are doing everything in your power to the lay the foundation to live your best life. And for that (among other reasons) you should be so very proud. Your heart, your strength, your willingness to be vulnerable and the effort you put into live your best life are all what…read more

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    • I often look back on my past self and thank myself for being strong enough to stick around. My younger self would be proud of who we are no. Might not be happy where we are but proud of who we are. Thank you for sharing.

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    • It’s so clear that you have been laying down the foundation to success for your future self and it’s wonderful that you’re doing so and I’m sure that your future self will be very proud of you. Thank you for sharing

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    Graduate to Graduate

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  • You are an authentic hourglass

    My dear friend,
    Time is a gift. Every year you get to celebrate your birthday and choose how to celebrate it: with those you love, doing something fun, going to a nice restaurant, or lounging in sweatpants watching Netflix. Choose to live every day as if it is your birthday because every day is a new day, a new beginning – being born again.
    Imagine you were born knowing the day that you would no longer exist in a physical form on this earth…would you choose to live your life differently, speak differently, think differently? Would your outlook on life change? Would you have fewer regrets or simply no regrets at all? I know that can be unsettling to think about but marinate on it if you will… It is meant to be an awakening. Time is ever-passing and changing, like an hourglass.
    Your time is finite, but the actions you take may be boundless and have an infinite impact. Your mom always reminds you to not let the obstacles, challenges, burdens, or negativity of yesterday, alter the beauty of a new day – every day is a new beginning. Remember those words “Keep on going,” wise words from my papa – he would always remind you and your family that no matter how tough it gets… keep on going. Wise words to cherish always – tattooed on your soul forever.
    It’s liberating to always remember to live purposely, each day, each moment. It’s how can you be happy now, how can you make a change now, how can you make yourself happy now – what can you do in this moment to make yourself happy. It is okay to cry and let free your rainbow of emotions. All are valid to be and exist in this world. I know what that voice in your head is telling you, or falsely making you believe. Your anxieties and fears have shaped your perception. I know how difficult it is to not ruminate on those emotions, illuminate your thoughts. What is in the past, is in the past. What is in the future is your wildest dreams. If only you could see me now, see us now. Know that what seems impossible on most days, or harder to believe, is possible. I am so proud of you for going to therapy and putting in the hard work to validate your rainbow of emotions and nurture myself in embracing my vulnerability. I know it is so difficult and challenging on some days, but you will get through. You are setting the foundation; keep on going. Thank you for all that you are doing and for all that you are being and becoming.
    You are not alone on your journey; your family, friends, therapist, and mentors. One of my greatest wishes is that you are unapologetically yourself and free. Stay social, nurture yourself through self-care, laugh at yourself, and listen to your soul. Remember plants grow towards sunlight, their stems always find a way. You will too, keep on growing and glowing.
    I believe in you, your power, and your purpose. Your ancestors met at a precise moment in time that allowed you to be born and allowed you to be you. You are so special. Be the best you that you can be, and don’t let fear, negativity, or worry suppress who you were born to be. You are a glorious, authentic, lively hourglass.
    With grace & love,
    Wiser Melanie

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    • Melanie – This is great. YOU are very wise, as is your mom and Papa. I love love love this line, “Your time is finite, but the actions you take may be boundless and have an infinite impact. ” It is soo true, and you are clearly on the path to bring all of the greatness inside of you to life. Your journey is just beginning, and your mentality and…read more

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      • Thank you so much Lauren, it means a great deal. I feel very grateful for the love and wisdom I learned from my Mom and Papa and for the safe space to be able to share with this community. I sincerely appreciate your kind words of support and encouragement. Thank you for creating this community <3 Melanie

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