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Writing 101, Day Fourteen: To Whom It May Concern

Pick up the nearest book and flip to page 29. What jumps out at you? Start there, and try a twist: write in the form of a letter.

The book (or e-book) I grabbed is a book by Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy. And the first word is He. Here is my attempt.


To You Know Who

Dear He,

I know being young was absolutely fun. Energetic yet pretentious. Just because you thought you could do it, you could actually do it. Learn by doing, not learn by watching, you were not born with Eidetic memory.

You should have exercised more than just how to overload the RAM, then maybe your dream of becoming a hacker didn’t sound totally ridiculous. Being someone else didn’t bring the best out of yourself, it would just lead you to an identity crisis, remember all those protagonists you said you wanted to become? Remember Dean Winchester? I liked him too.

Thanks to you, I missed all those books I wanted to read.

Thanks to you, seems like Procrastination is my best skill too.

But I’m not letting you win. I might not have the appetite like yours nor the energy to stay awake for more than 24 hours just to beat someone on a virtual soccer game the next day. Wisdom has mandated health is more important than just earning a bragging right.

You will always be in mind as you were the one that taught me recklessness is the first thing I should be wary of. Wisdom has also taught me that the one pleases everyone pleases no one.

I hope you enjoyed your stay while you were roaming free but don’t worry, I’ll buy you drinks the next time we meet—when I am powerful enough to unchain myself.

 

—A.N.

 

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