Letter to Alternate-Timeline Me

Well, hello there!

Would you believe it’s been 25 years since we’ve seen each other? Time does fly when you’re having fun — well, for me, anyway!

The last time we were together, we were faced with a life-changing decision: quit that job and go to University to study Foreign Languages and Linguistics, or continue as is. I chose to pursue a B.A. in International Studies, with minors in Spanish and French, and you chose to continue working in business management.

I see that you’ve had your masters degrees (good for you!), husband, and children, and a respectable, mature career in Business and Finance. You always made the logical and sensible decisions 😉

Me? After university, I decided to move to Europe. It was a gutsy decision, one I’m sure you would have avoided as too impulsive a thing to do. I bounced around for a while, living in England, France, Switzerland, and Spain over a period of about 2 years, trying to decide on something to do. I know you’re horrified at the thought of me doing this, as we knew no one there, but I learned so much about myself and life during this time.

You know, you only have one life to live…well…you know what I mean.

Eventually I settled down in England. I’ve had a fulfilling career working as a Communications Specialist at the Jamaican High Commission. On any given day I may be required to organize a press conference, entertain cultural diplomats, or represent the country on official business. This has been my dream job! Our head office as you know is in London, England, but as this office represents the entire European continent, I am required to travel to various other European countries each month as cultural liaison. Bumming across Europe and learning those two foreign languages really came in handy, I tell you!

I am so happy!

Because of my career, I have not had the time nor the inclination to start a family. It’s better this way; you know I was never good with children anyway. Also, I was never one to settle down. It wouldn’t be fair to have a family in tow under these conditions.

I hope we shall meet up again sometime in the future. Our lives certainly took completely different paths! I can honestly say, I have little or no regrets, only that I don’t get to see mom so often. I do hope you’re also satisfied with the direction your life’s decisions took you.

Well, that’s all from me for now. Take care and remember I’ll always love you.

You are the Yin to my Yang.


Alternate You/Me ☯

Featured image: “Portrait” by Kyrre Gjerstad (altered). Original Image found here.


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