Letter to Myself – Open Next Year (2023)

For those of you I haven’t yet caught up with yet – Happy new year to you! Those of you that have been followers for some time will know that this is something that I take part in early in the new year, I take a look at my latter for last year and write myself a letter to open next year.

Back in 2016 my friend Erin of Bubbles and Beebots tagged me in on this and I’ve been keeping this up since then as I have found this to be an interesting and relevant way to remember where I was a year ago and maybe help guide me on the year ahead.

For anyone who reads this I would definitely recommend giving this a go at least once as see what you think of it. Do it in the way that you think is best, there’s no rules and for me at least this is far more worthwhile that any new year resolutions. This isn’t just about looking back, it’s about looking forward too. I’ve tagged some bloggies on the end of this but really if you fancy it, do it and link it to this post so I can see who and what’s going on.

Last year’s letter is here:

Letter to Myself – Open Next Year (2022)

Hello Simon of 2023 if as I hope you’re reading this you survived another year on a rock populated with a lot of water and air and about 7 billion other human creatures like you. That’s not bad going… well done mate!

As I look back now on 2021 there’s a lot to be taken from it with you through this year and on for the rest of your life. The changes over 2021 haven’t been big on the outside but they have been bigger on the inside. You have learned so much about yourself, how and why you think the way you do and and how and why others think too. It’s been enlightening. You’ve also learned so much about the universe around you, relativity, the makeup of matter and energy and how the 2 relate, you’ve learned more about art, drawing and creativity.

It wasn’t all good of course and there was a fair bit of shit to go with it too – around every corner is a new problem thrust down your throat as if it’s down to you to deal with. Your creativity and resourcefulness has slumped it has to be said and until I look back over the year I hadn’t realised how much.

Time is passing you by Simon and that won’t stop. It’s the one thing that guaranteed and I want you to consider that as you go through this year. I know you’ve been trying to work out what and who you really are under it all and what the point of it all is. I want you to work on that this year, work on you, learn about you. Stop worrying about things you can’t control and learn to just be. Be you.

Write the stories, paint the pictures, scribble out your mind and try to make some sense of a world getting madder by the minute and what your place is in it but don’t let the bastards grind you down. If you can play them at their own game and come out on top… There’s a good future ahead of you if you can focus on it!

You’ve got this Simon and you can do it… Now go and smash 2022 and I’ll see you here next year.


I would challenge anyone who gets this far to have a go at this themselves, write a letter to your future self. Every year when I read this it’s gives me that look back at what’s been which helps me work out what I need to do this next year. No peeking until next year though!

Let me know if you’re going to do this and all the best for the next 12 chapters and 365 pages!

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32 thoughts on “Letter to Myself – Open Next Year (2023)

  1. 12 chapters and 365 pages. What a cool way to think about that!
    As I previously mentioned, I think the letter idea is quite neat. I think it might be fun to post your reaction to last year’s letter as you finish reading it. Just an idea for the future.

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  2. Oh this is a great idea Simon! I never thought of doing this but it makes sense. Especially with all the challenges of the pandemic one has to go through. Love it, thanks for the suggestion. And I’m sure Simon of 2023 will be surprised at what he’s done and overcome since 2021 😁😉

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    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate that and I’m glad you like the idea. I hope you take it up, it’s a really helpful and almost therapeutic thing to do.
      I think the Huntress of 2023 will look back next year and be pleased with what you did 🙂

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