crossoverman: Okay, this was very cool and quite moving. And kudos to the kid for even thinking of making that video in 1992 and the older guy for waiting twenty years to do something with it. It's come together beautifully.
I wrote a short play based on this concept - a thirty-five-old guy writing a letter to his fifteen-year-old self and then getting a reply. A reply he doesn't expect. Because, you know, the older versions of ourselves get to be nostalgic, but our younger selves can dream but can't always see the future.
It's actually the most autobiographical play I've written. Part of it plays on the idea that "it gets better", because I was bullied as a child and I wanted to let my younger self know that things turn out fine. And part of it is about whether or not my teenage self would be happy enough with where I ended up; it gets better but it doesn't necessarily turn out how you imagine.
The play is called "You Will Be Kissed By Princess Leia", after the night Carrie Fisher gave me a peck on the cheek. Because, you know, if you're going to tell your fifteen-year-old self that his life's not really going to go the way he planned, you should totally lead with teasing a virgin about a kiss he's not going to get for twenty years!
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