I’ve thought about this for a while regarding my kids ages seven and eleven. What if I’m not there to give them advice one day? What would I tell them if I could? So, I’m writing letters to both my kids, one for each year. Just In Case.
Starting on their twelfth birthday and continuing to their eighteenth there will be a letter for them to open handwritten by me. These letters will not just reinforce things I’ve taught them over the years but will express things I wanted to impart during that year of life. I’m starting with twelve because the teenage years are coming and if there is ever a time to offer advice it’s then. Who knows I might keep writing additional letters, but for now this is my starting point.
Here’s the thing, I don't plan to miss a single birthday. Not 12, Not 15, Not 18. Heck, I fully intend to see them both turn 50! These letters won’t be a waste because I plan to read them to my kids on their actual birthday. But Just In Case …
You can join me on this journey. What you write is up to you. If you have young kids, I encourage you to do this with me, Just In Case. Maybe your kids are grown? Great! But it’s never too late to do this. And if you don’t have kids, there's someone else you’re close with. Again, the idea is 100% flexible and can work for anyone willing to take the time and write a letter. All of us have knowledge to impart, and everyone has one last thing they would want to say. I encourage you to take the time and do it. The pathway of life is littered with regrets, don’t let these letters be one of yours.
I've already started my letters, they begin like this: “Just in case I’m not here to tell you in person I want you to know I love you and I will ALWAYS love you. Even though I’m gone, my spirit remains and will be with you because part of me lives on inside of you...”
The challenge is simple, join me and write some letters … Just In Case.