Write a letter to your younger self. Thank them, praise them, scold them, comfort them—engage in whatever way you feel led with one or many versions of your younger self. Whatever comes to mind.
Now, let’s shift to exploring your older self. What would you want to say? To ask? To request? Tell your older self what you are doing now in service of them. Tell them what the ideal situation might look like when you finally meet—where might you be living, what type of work might you be doing, who you might be spending time and space with.
Come out of your hiding place. Remember to love yourself when you feel like no one does or no one ever will. You don’t have to absorb those words or those slaps of the hand or that anger. It doesn’t belong to you.