Day 173 of 365 Days of Writing Prompts: Write about a character meeting their future self.
Erin: “You must have some words of wisdom to share. Something you wish you wouldn’t have done,” I begged myself to break the time traveling laws.
“Honestly the only advice I would have given myself would be to stop seeking it out. Stop worrying what the answer to that question is. That fear left me with no regrets, no hard times, and that is what I regret the most,” wrinkled me sighed.
“But if I don’t worry we won’t know what happens to you,” I argued.
“We already know what happens when you do, and I’m not worried. Isn’t that saying something?”
Shannon: “Ok, ok you can stop. I believe you. So you’re really are me? How old are you,” I questioned. Though I couldn’t recognize my facial features in her, I felt an immediate comfort in her presence before she even spoke.
“I’m 87,” she flashed her teeth.
I smiled, “We live that long, really? I always had this feeling that I’d die young.”
“You still could,” she corrected me. “Nothing is set in stone.”
“Then why did you come? Did you need to warn me about something,” I felt a little jolt of panic.
“Well I was given the opportunity, and I won’t spoil anything because that wouldn’t be any fun. It could even screw things up, but I do have some advice. It won’t change your future, but it’s something I wish I knew when I was your age. Do you think you’re ready to hear it,” she questioned.
I nodded, even though you can never be ready for advice that changes your world.
“You need to let go of the control you think you have over your life. I know you’re working really hard to make everything perfect, and you want to make every second of your time here fulfilling,” she raised her hands to display the world then looked back at me, “But sweetheart that’s not up to you. Putting all this pressure on yourself and blaming yourself for everything you haven’t done isn’t getting you anywhere. You think you know what you want tomorrow to look like, but you never really know until you get there.” She tapped my forehead gently. “Don’t let your high expectations ruin a perfectly wonderful tomorrow. Everyday is beautiful in its own right. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
I nodded, thinking about all the days I had wasted, “I understand.”
Time for your character to met an older version of them self.