Back to the Future

Daily Prompt: Back to the Future

A service has been invented through which you can send messages to people in the future. To whom would you send something, and what would you write?

Wow. This is a tough one.

It is always a scary thought for me: to be haunted by the past.
I know how easy it is for us to be reminded of it and and how we really cannot help but be tied up to it– good or bad memories. So to be able to reach out to someone’s future self really would be spooky.

That’s one way of looking at it, though. The other can be a blessing and an advantage.
But just to avoid others being spooked, I would probably just send a message to my future self.

It would include a list of all the things that made me happy, so far.
All the little accomplishments.
All the things that I never thought I could do but have.
All the fears I have learned to face and survive.

All to remind my future self that whatever troubles I may be facing that time, I can and will get through them. And that my future self, when sad, may also be reminded of all the happiness I see even in little and insignificant things.

Lastly, I would include all people and experiences I am so much grateful for.
So that whatever happens in the future, I will be reminded of how these people and events have helped me to become a better version of myself. And so that whatever state or level of relationship our future selves have with each other, I may learn to protect, mend, and strengthen them always.

Happily Ever After

“And they lived happily ever after.”

Excuse the cynicism, but I don’t believe in happily-ever-after’s.

This is with the premise that ever-after’s are the same as forevers.
(Pardon the plurality of the words. I know they’re so wrong on so many levels.)
Since being happy is an emotion for people who are actually alive, this means that the ever-after or forever in this context is just the life span of a person. But the probability to live happily until death without experiencing the opposite of being happy (at least once) is somewhat impossible because we are just humans and are vessels of many different emotions.

Anyway!

Pushing aside my stubbornness, “happily ever after” can also just mean you’re happy in general or most of the time. So I will continue with this assumption, for with this, I think it may be plausible.

Still…

Honestly, I don’t know if I’m already living my happily-ever-after.
I hope not. Not yet, anyway.

To live happily ever after is like saying the story of my life has already ended.
And I don’t want it to. Not just yet.
I still want to experience all the highs and lows of life, and all other emotions that comes with it.
The feeling of being alive.

So, to hell with happily ever after!
As long as you’re happy right now.

This post is in response to Daily Prompt: Happily Ever After.