The Everyday Gay fully supports time travel, and that’s why we fully support the “Dear 40-Year-Old Me” video from Illinois Safe Schools Alliance. Okay, technically, there’s no time-continuum, worm hole surfing going on here, but these incredibly brave LGTBQS kids’ video letters to their 40-year-old selves definitely has us looking forward the future.
The clip gathers a collection of gay, lesbian, transgender and straight high school students confessing the desires for their future selves in hopes to give their current selves confidence and support that “it does get better.” The video’s intention is to inspire others to know the best is yet to come — no matter what your experiencing at this very moment of your life. The video is also a reminder that with all the hardships a teen must already endure on a daily basis (i.e. algebra, physics, prom dates), teen suicide and bullying shouldn’t have to be one of them.
The bravery of the students’ confessions may attempt to cater to a younger audience, but we can’t help but hope this project speaks to everyone — no matter how old you are. So, we dare you to write a letter to your future self. Borrow some of the courage from these kids and speak to your ten-years-from-now self. What do you hope? What do you wish for yourself. You’ll be pretty surprised how easy on the heart time travel really can be. Follow The Everyday Gay on Facebook and Twitter!
+ Watch “Dear 40-Year-Old Me” below!