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Letter to the FutureMe

January 20, 2010

One of KTravula’s recent posts inspired me to post this letter that I wrote to myself via FutureMe on the day after my 21st birthday a couple of years ago. I’ve written FutureMe letters to several of my closest friends over the years and KTravula’s letter to his nephew just reminded me that sometimes our past selves can give some inspiration to our future selves. I received this letter on my birthday last year.

Dear Future Rayo,

You turned 21 yesterday. And yes, you’re finally FULLY legal. But remember that with legality also comes many more responsibilities; responsibilities and challenges that you will continue to encounter for the rest of your life.

I don’t want to rant but all I have to say is this:

Like Baz Luhrmann said, Wear sunscreen. Live life to the fullest. Come up with ideas that even you view as audacious and then make them happen. Don’t be scared of failure or rejection, you only live once, and what’s a little pain once in a while? The worst that can happen is that you’ll end up with some battle scars and life lessons.

Gain confidence, be proud of yourself, and never take no for an answer.


Remember when you were seven in Ibadan? The students were rioting at UI and mommy and daddy couldn’t reach you and Halima. You took your seven year old self straight to her classroom, picked her up, and carried her past all the chaos and up to the school gates. Everyone was so proud of how brave you were. Never forget to fight against the odds no matter how daunting they seem.

I hope that as your read this today you have already begun your journey into the real world. Enjoy life. And don’t forget to wear the sunscreen.

(written Tue Dec 11th, 2007, delivered to Wed Dec 10th, 2009)

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2010 11:34 AM

    Awwww @ carrying Halima. You've always been strong/brave!.

  2. January 21, 2010 8:31 AM

    Will ba back to read,…

  3. January 21, 2010 9:06 PM

    Hey Rayo,Glad you liked the letter to Henry 🙂 I had fun writing it.I like your blog :)Take care.

  4. January 22, 2010 9:21 PM

    @Sugarr I'm blushing! Thanks cousin.@Andrea Still waiting…@Kola Thanks!

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