Dear Ardith 2020,

May 30th, 2010

Blast from the past! It’s 24-year-old Ardith! Ten years ago, in the year 2000, I wrote a letter to myself. I just got 14-year-old Ardith’s letter. I thought I would try and do the same thing for you.

I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. Are you still believing in the impossible? Are you still trying to balance work and life?

I hope you’re incredibly happy with life. Maybe you’re having a bad day today, but I hope you’re overall satisfied with what you’ve accomplished and the lives you’ve touched.

Yesterday, I got back from a two-month trip in Europe. Do you remember how you felt when you left? I was so intimidated by the prospect of leaving the USA and living abroad. I did fine, though. I made new friends and visited old ones. I fell in love with Madrid, and Germany, and London. Maybe I even fell in love, I’m not sure, but whatever the consequences are– you had an amazing partner at the time. I think I used the words “never been happier” to describe our relationship.

But I digress.

In the fall, I am moving to Oregon to pursue my Master’s in College Student Services Administration. I look forward to the experience and the challenges that will come with it. I sincerely believe this is my calling. However, I have no idea where I will work once I am out of school.

Last time Past Ardith wrote to Future Ardith, she was smart enough not to ask about marriage or family life. I am curious as to your situation now, mostly with how your family is doing. Dad’s been having some health problems the past few years, and Mom has been bravely taking care of things. Through it all, I’ve become closer with other members of my family, and it is truly amazing to understand the bond we all share.

I don’t care if you’re married or not. Part of me hopes you are, but I really want you to understand that life is a journey and I hope that you are still continuing to adventure as much as possible.

You’re awesome. Don’t forget it.

Love always,


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