Dear Me from the past,
Congratulations on your graduation from junior high school! I’m gonna tell you upfront that you’re gonna miss both the prom and the ceremony - you will still regret this six years from now, but oh well, three weeks in Japan was so worth it.
Anyway, your life will change dramatically very very soon and in the next six months you’re gonna suffer. Real bad. Every little thing will fall on you - let’s say, shit will come to you in technicolor.
And it all will start with this city: Jakarta. Yes, now that you know you’ll leave in the end, you better clear things up with your friends, guitar teacher and most importantly your dentist! You know how he’s so anal about his patients, to run off without notice will leave you feeling guilty until you’re twenty. Oh and, whatever happens, when mom asks you to get in the car, throwing your phone is the right choice. It’d be better if you take out the SIM card as well and throw it out actually, just to save you the trauma - don’t worry about the contacts you lost, in 2-3 years time there’ll be a website called Facebook (it’s like the classy, more mature version of Friendster).
More about Jakarta, you’re gonna love it even more. You know all along this is where you belong, and yes, your new school is kinda freaky, but you will like it there. You will meet your craziest best friends at Labsky. A lot of people will probably hate you - good job on not giving a single fuck about trying to be popular, but try to be less sarcastic - but all things considered, you’ll have a great time being a Heksakra.
Whatever happens, don’t cut your hair - this will fuck up your first semester in high school.
Oh, and you will make a terrible mistake at choosing your seat, you will know right away but at that point, it’ll already be too late. The best thing you can do is really, just shut up and avoid any unnecessary conversation - this will probably save you big time. Failure to do this will, to an extent, damage your reputation through out the three years of high school.
You’ll never be in a band again, but don’t stop practicing guitar and insist to learn French/German instead of Japanese.
Lastly, don’t worry too much, you’ll get your life together eventually.
Yourself at 20-and-a-half.
p.s: cutting off communication is not the best way to break up with someone and no, nothing will ever happen between you and that guy you don’t know the name yet - nonetheless, he’ll be very significant for you in years to come.
Hello Me in the future,
So what colour is your hair now? Hehehe.
Well, I hope our life turns out all right. I really do hope that you’re happy(er), at least as happy as I am right now.
I don’t know if the postgraduate research turned out useful for whatever career you have at the moment. But anyway, I hope by now you have already published at least one novel, establishing your name as a full-time author. I also don’t know if you decided to go with the not-so-pseudo-pseudonym that I had been thinking about, but I’m sure whatever name that is, it’s a simple, cool-sounding name. Haha.
Speaking of being a writer, if there’s no books yet, I hope it’s not because you get caught up in a copywriting job at an agency. Nothing against it, it’s just that, well, you know, it’s not exactly how I plan our life to be. Oh and I wish you don’t end up writing cards for Hallmark - let’s not make our life more ‘Tom Hansen-y’ than it already is.
Hhm, about that. I wonder if you’re still the mayor of Friendzone, Brozone and beyond?
Not to put a pressure or anything, it’s cool if you’re still single (I guess mom is happy to find her daughter chooses not to settle down ‘prematurely’), I just hope that it’s not because you get friend/bro/mom-zoned again for… who knows how many times now.
But, if you’re attached to a guy right now (finally. glory glory hallelujah!), congratulations! I’m sure he’s a fine, smart and artsy gentleman - so glad that we never have a thing for douchebags (yeh, except for that one time in… never mind).
By the way, where do you live right now? Please don’t answer “in the moment”.
I’d like to see the apartment you live in, do you have a pet dog?
Are you a full time vegetarian?
How’s our plan for the coffee shop/reading room?
Do you still play guitar? How about gamelan?
Have you mastered any other foreign language yet?
Do you still watch news on TV simply because the good-looking anchor?
Is Adam Levine still single and ridiculously hot at 39?
Has any of our best friends got hitched?
Ah, sorry, I have so many questions. I’m just really curious how exciting my life will turn out.
Yourself from back then.